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C.R. Wiley blesses us with his wisdom on episode 4 of The Chris Craft Show. We discuss his hard childhood in a broken home with a father who got into Scientology and ultimately abandoned his family. We also discuss biblical fatherhood and his book writing process. Enjoy!
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C.R. Wiley’s website: crwiley.com
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Books and resources mentioned (affiliate links): Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
C. R. Wiley’s childhood was like something out of a story by Roald Dahl.
It was full of vacancies, like AWOL parents and school truancy. He was a ward of the state for a time. (Imagine living at the DMV and you have a sense of what that was like.) And he hated the 8th grade so much that he took it twice.
Fortunately his imagination filled in for what his life left out. It gave him imaginary worlds to live it. He drew a lot and actually got pretty good at that. (In one of his worlds he became a world-renowned comic book artist!)
This combination of homelessness and imagination goes a long way towards explaining why he writes the things he writes—everything from his writing on the recovery of the traditional household, to the fantasy and science fiction stories he has published—those things and aphorisms. He likes to write those, too.
Besides writing for magazines and publishing books he has been a pastor (still is!), a college professor, a commercial real estate investor, a landlord (still that, too!), and a building contractor.
He has been happily married for over 30 years and he has three grown children. He resides in rural Connecticut.
C. R. Wiley has written for Touchstone Magazine, Modern Reformation, Sacred Architecture, The Imaginative Conservative, Front Porch Republic, Scenes Media, Kuyperian Commentary, and National Review Online, among others. His most recent book, Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last in a World That is Falling Apart is published by Wipf and Stock. His short fiction has appeared in The Mythic Circle (published by the Mythopoeic Society) and elsewhere, and the first book in his young adult fantasy series is scheduled to be republished by Canon Press in December of 2017. He is a member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters.
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