How David Sedaris Saved Me from Theology Books

mattappling-conpOne of the best blogs around is Matt Appling’s Church of No People blog. I’m honored to be guest posting over there today about the first time I read a book by David Sedaris. Here’s the beginning of my post:

Four years in seminary exposed me to thick, heavy academic theology books. They were all I knew about writing. They were all I imitated.

State a thesis. Defend your thesis. Beat your head against your desk as you format footnotes. Edit to make sure your ideas are clear.

That was writing for me. I thought it was fine. Not great—just something I could do reasonably well.

I’d forgotten the years I’d spent writing silly stories in elementary school.

I’d forgotten the encouragement of my high school English teachers.

I just wrote ideas: bland, simple ideas constructed on a scaffolding of research.

By the time I started to entertain the possibility of writing full time, I happened upon Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I’d seen it release while working at a Borders Bookstore, but it wasn’t until after seminary that I started to read something other than theology or Christian living books.

Read the rest of my post today at Matt’s blog.

And while you’re there, check out Matt’s fantastic upcoming book! Life After Art.