Courtney Ball

Category - Writing

I’m the Lucky One

Yesterday I attended a retreat as part of a media summit focused on trauma and resilience. We were given a writing assignment in which we were asked to honestly reflect on a personal story of unresolved trauma. *         *         * If I’m honest, I don’t feel any deep reservoir of unresolved trauma. Sure, I’ve...

Give Me the Good News

Good news can make you stronger. Early Christian storytellers knew this. They took the tragedy of their hero’s execution and turned it into a “good news” story of resurrection. No one today can empirically prove whether or not they made that last bit up, but either way there is plenty of evidence the tactic worked. The good news...

No One is Normal

Photo by Hannah White Update: Corridor Characters is now live! Visit the site at www.corridorcharacters.com. Meet Edwin, an acquaintance of mine born in the Dominican Republic who now lives in Cedar Rapids, IA. You’d never know it by looking at him today, but Edwin grew up without much to eat. Here’s a quote from Edwin in which he...

Ten Steps to a Great Sermon

I wrote this for pastors, but I think it could be helpful to other public speakers or writers. I come from a family line of preachers. I married the daughter of a preacher. I’ve heard a lot of sermons in my life, covering the spectrum from awe-inspiring to so-lousy-I’m-angry-at-the-preacher-for-making-me-sit-through-it. If you want to...

Jake’s Dream

If you’d rather listen than read, click here. My accent may not be very accurate, but it sure is entertaining! Also, the audio version was recorded before I changed the main character’s name to Jake, rather than Abe. Otherwise it’s the same. My name is Jake and I am awanderin’. I cut loose from my home ‘bout near two weeks ago, took my...

I Can’t Compete with That!

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“How (and why) to Travel Around the World” by Andy Stoll Today I watched the above video which promotes Andy Stoll as a public speaker. Andy is a guy I know here in Cedar Rapids. My brother Clint sent methis link to a speakers website on which Andy is featured. He added with encouragement, “You could do this as well as Andy or some...