A big part of my ministry is writing. It’s my first love, and it’s my main mode of communuication
I was a teenager when I first really felt the bug to write. I have loved words and writing stories for a long as I can remember. One day I asked my mother if I were meant to be a writer. “It could be, she said. “Only God can answer that. Listen to him.”
I listened. God started to answer. I really started to write in 1990, when I was a sophomore in high school. I loved it. From English papers to writing for my school’s paper, I couldn’t stop writing. It became my entire world. I was introduced to the Writer’s Market that year and have kept an eye on it ever since.
That year also brought another big change to my life. I received my first service dog (which provided a wealth of stories for me). Because I was the first one to attend high school in Colorado with a dog, I was a prime subject for articles. I don’t know how many features were written about my dog and me. I remember doing a telephone interview with a freelance writer one time. After the interview, I thought I’d turn the table and ask the writer some questions. This was my change to talk to a “real writer.” As I recall, he was taken aback by my questions and fumbled around with answers. I do remember one thing he told me. “Write something every day. Even if it’s just a sentence.” That has stuck with me for twenty years, and I try to write something every day. Even if it’s just a sentence.
In another article, the writer asked my tenth grade English teacher to comment on how my service dog had helped me in the classroom: “Tait’s English teacher, Toni Morse, said that the dog is a source of genuine pride. ‘When Nouveau brings a paper Tait has written to my desk, Tait beams with joy, and for me it’s a thrill to see his skills develop. It almost brings me to tears to see what he can do with words. When he writes, it’s a fantastic expression of what he thinks. He understands words so well, and it’s as if the angel inside of him is helping get them out¾and through this the other students can see that he is a regular guy. He just can’t talk like they can.”
In my first book I reflect on her comments: “Mrs. Morse left Liberty before I could thank her, but her words meant a lot to me. Her words motivated me to become more and more independent, and, yes, they even drove me to start my writing career. My heartfelt thanks to you, Mrs. Morse.”
(I ran into Toni years later and gave her a copy of my book. We are now friends in Christ and still trade writing advice.)
My writing career blasted off at that point. I entered Guideposts’ writing contest for high school juniors and seniors. I worked two years at the local Air Force base’s newspaper. I took every writing class in high school and college and finally ended up getting my Associates in Journalism.
In the summer of 1995 I decided to write a book about my service dog. I kept it a secret but told a writer friend of mine. He agreed to look at a draft of a chapter but came back with some tough news. My writing wasn’t that good. If I really wanted to be a writer, I had a lot of work to do. He laid down some pretty high standards, and I had to decide if I truly wanted to be a professional writer or just write as a hobby.
Three years and thousands grammar lessons later I self-published my first book. My Exodus is about how I achieved independence with my first service dog at my side and how God is using my life to bring glory to himself. I don’t know what I learned about more while writing that book – how to write, about myself, about God, or about how God wants to use my life.
Since writing My Exodus, I believe my career has been just what God intended it to be. I have been published in the Quiet Hour and The Upper Room, websites, and local and international publications. I self-published a devotional called Capernaum Moments. I’ve been to American Christian Writers and the Colorado Christian Writers conferences, and have learned from some of the best writers in the business. I like to think they know me and would be there if and when I ever had the opportunity to really expand my writing ministry, but again it’s God who guides my steps.
Here are links to some of my writing including to my books on Amazon and Lulu.
My Exodus is my first book. It tells my story from childhood through college featuring my first dog, Nouveau. As I explained above, I learned my craft writing this book. I also discovered God’s calling and plan for my life. It’s certainly not my best writing and I’ve thought about retire it, but it is an important part of my story. It’s available at LuLu.com as a paperback or an ebook.
Capernaum Moments is Based on Mark 2:1-12, Capernaum Moments is a devotional booklet about my experiences as friends bring me to Jesus’ feet. My disability may be challenging at times, but they don’t let that stop the special times with Jesus. I call these times “Capernaum Moments.”
“A Capernaum Moment is a special time when a friend helps me get close to Jesus,” I write in the introduction. “These are stories about people who serve faithfully, give sacrificially, and love unconditionally. My life is changed because God put them in my life.”
Because I had a graphic artist specially design this book, the printed version is only available through me. An ebook version can be downloaded at LuLu.com.
In the Accessible Church is my latest book. My wife actually encouraged me to write this book when she saw how my church accepted me. This book is for church leaders who believe the Lord loves people with disabilities, but might not be aware people with disabilities have so much to offer. I am sharing my experience to encourage and teach churches how to incorporate people with disabilities into the workings of church. It is important for people with disabilities to serve and not just be served. This book will help leaders see how the body of Christ is more complete when including them. The body of believers at my church has not only taken me in as one of their own, but also encouraged me to become a better disciple. They don’t see my disability. They see a fellow Christian. My friends don’t help me out of duty. They do it out of love.
In the Accessible Church is available in print though Amazon and Lulu or as an eBook on the Barnes and Noble’s nook and iBook formats. The read is quick. The message is simple. Yet, hopefully this message will inspire you and your church family to help fulfill the Great Commission to a very overlooked people group, the disabled.