About Me

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My vision as a writer, is to emulate that which hymn writers have done for centuries.

One such hymn writer was John Newton, born in 1725, who would write “Amazing Grace” and other hymns.  He converted to Christianity while working on a slave ship.  His hope as a Christian was to “restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, “promoting the life of God in the soul” of both his crew and his African cargo.” (Christianity Today)

I consider hymns to be gems of great value to the Christian faith, that have been relegated to the shadows. Essays have the ability to fill the void left to a generation unfamiliar with them.  My writing, on several occasions, will include verses penned by those hymn writers.

On a global scale, both hymn and essay convey the liberating truth of the Gospel. Through the sharing of personal experiences and theological insights, both have the ability to resolve conflict within one’s soul and strengthen their faith.

My aspiration as a writer, incorporates this vision and the words of a German-Dutch spiritual writer named Thomas à Kempis (1379-1471), who said:

If you will receive profit [benefit], read [write] with humility, simplicity, and faith, and seek not at any time the fame of being learned [read].”

I dedicate this blog to my children, with the hope that through my writings, they may know my heart and follow my steps on the path to eternal life with a God that loves them more than I ever could.


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J.R. Awrey lives in Holland, Michigan with his wife, Cindy and their Basset Hound, Katrina Maria Carolyne.