The Day I Hid My Nametag From Ann Voskamp

I have a new post up at Christianity Today on why there’s a difference between critics and haters.

As I have written (and illustrated) earlier, sometimes, when you review a book that most people loved less-than-positively, the responses are more or less like this:


There’s often the assumption that the critic is like that critic in the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille, who seems to get pleasure from ripping apart other people’s efforts.

As I wrote in the piece:

At its best, though, criticism seeks to expand the reader or viewer’s understanding of the primary work—whether a book, an album, a film, or a blog post. Good criticism is deeply considered and well-crafted. As blogger Andrew Sullivan wrote: “A great critic can help us to figure out what is going on [in a piece of work] and to appreciate it in a richer way.” Think of it as expository preaching for non-sacred texts.

Click here to read the article at Christianity Today (and to find out why I hid my nametag from Ann Voskamp.)

{you may also enjoy “We Can Be Critical and Christian and Female all at the Same Time.”}

2 thoughts on “The Day I Hid My Nametag From Ann Voskamp

  1. I think your piece in Christianity Today is extremely relivant. The more one questions, otherwise known as giving criticism, the more one seems to be humered or cast aside.

    You were addressing criticism in the written form in a blog or article.

    How does one practice that same art of criticism in the church they attend?

  2. This is a very important piece. Christians and churches seem to be less tolerant of critical thinking.

    Criticism by blog, book or arrival appears better tolerated but, maybe not appreciated.

    How does one use criticism appropriately in ones church to achieve the intended purpose?

    My church needs legitimate criticism but I do not not want to be decisive in the biblical sense, not in the controlling way often used.

    Any suggestions?

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