John R. Erickson

John is the author of the Hank the Cowdog book series. He and his wife, Kris, live on their cattle ranch near Perryton, Texas.

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‘Whatever is true …’

Books | The Apostle Paul’s guidance to the Christian storyteller
by John R. Erickson
Posted 11/17/18, 02:06 pm

In 2009, Maverick Books published John R. Erickson’s Story Craft: Reflections of Faith, Culture and Writing from the Author of Hank of the Cowdog. With permission from the publisher, we’re posting in our Saturday Series a chapter each month through January. Here’s a chapter titled “The Christian Writer,” which starts with a quotation from Philip Ryken’s Art for God’s Sake: “Christian art is redemptive, and this is its highest purpose.” —Marvin Olasky

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A Christian sense of humor

Books | Using funny stories about a dog to bring joy into people’s lives
by John R. Erickson
Posted 10/20/18, 01:14 pm

In 2009, Maverick Books published John R. Erickson’s Story Craft: Reflections of Faith, Culture and Writing from the Author of Hank of the Cowdog. With permission from the publisher, we’re posting in our Saturday Series a chapter each month through January. Here’s a chapter titled “Hank and Theology,” where Erickson concludes, “Only the Maker of galaxies would have thought to give mankind such a marvelous gift as a dog.” —Marvin Olasky

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Building a good story

Essay | Like a sturdy house, stories need proper structure
by John R. Erickson
Posted 9/15/18, 12:40 pm

In 2009, Maverick Books published John R. Erickson’s Story Craft: Reflections of Faith, Culture and Writing from the Author of Hank of the Cowdog. With permission from the publisher, we’re posting in our Saturday Series a chapter each month through January.

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