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Ken's stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and a columnist for the San Diego Reader.
His novels are Midheaven, a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first novel, The Loud Adios (Private Eye Writers of America Best First Mystery Novel, 1989), The Venus Deal, The Angel Gang, The Do-Re-Mi (a January Magazine best book of 2006 and a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel), and The Vagabond Virgins,
The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, and The Good Know Nothing.
He has also published (at Hickey's Books) a memoir, a road saga (with Alan Russell), and two indispensable guides for writers.
He lives on a hill overlooking Mexico and the Pacific Ocean with his daughter Zoe, their cat, and some chickens.
He reads a lot, avoids most television, often attends church, blogs on books, writing, and education, teaches writing, and enjoys smacking balls with a bat and clubs.
on Jan. 02, 2012 :
READING BROTHER LAWRENCE is a memoir of Ken Kuhlken's spiritual meditations and experiences. His attitudes are strongly influenced by literature, particularly Dostoyevsky and Brother Lawrence, and the people he has known throughout his life, especially Eric Curtis, a high school friend who died tragically young.
Curtis, for Kuhlken, embodied Jesus's directives to love and self-sacrifice. Following these directives is the way to the Kingdom of Heaven alluded to in the book's subtitle: "To the extent that we follow Christ's example, give of our selves, our time and resources to help people in need, allow time away from the crowds to contemplate and pray, put aside our self concerns and turn to concern for others, our minds and hearts get invaded and possessed by the Holy Spirit. And in that condition, the world transforms before our eyes."
Kuhlken, also the author of the novel MIDHEAVEN, writes well of religious struggles in both fiction and non-fiction. Here, his highly readable account draws on both experience and contemplation for a work recommended not only to Christians, but anyone looking for spiritual insight.
(reviewed the day of purchase)