About Joel J. Miller

JJM, hard at work

Joel, with friends

I am the vice president of editorial and acquisitions for the nonfiction division at Thomas Nelson Publishers. My team publishes William J. Bennett, Eric Metaxas, Dave Ramsey, Donald Miller, Larry Arnn, and Skye Jethani, among many others.

This is my personal blog and is primarily focused on the intersection between the Christian faith and daily life. I generally write about spiritual growth, prayer, sanctification, and the impact of Christian belief in our personal and wider worlds. The goal is to create an environment here that challenges, inspires, and equips me and my readers to actively cultivate our faith. I sometimes also write about writing and publishing but much less often.

I usually post two to three times a week. One way to keep track of my posts is through my RSS feed.

Professional details

I’ve been a writer and editor in some capacity for more than a decade now. For a few years at the turn of the millennium I edited a libertarian and political satire webzine called RealMensch. Following that for several years I edited a religious zine called RazorMouth. During some of those years, from 1999 to 2001, I served as commentary editor for WND.com.

I have been with Thomas Nelson since 2003 and have held several positions there since beginning: senior editor, associate publisher, and publisher, in addition to my current role. Between 2001 and 2003 I served as senior editor WND Books, then a publishing partnership between Nelson and WND focusing on conservative political books.

The world can blame me for at least four books thus far:

  • Lifted by Angels, a forthcoming treatment on the role of angels in our lives
  • The Revolutionary Paul Revere, a biography of the fabled hero of the American War of Independence
  • Size Matters, which explores government’s impact on the pursuit of happiness
  • Bad Trip, a politically conservative critique of American drug policy

Five books, actually: I am also the co-editor of The Portable Patriot, a compact collection of foundational documents, speeches, and sermons.

My shorter writing has been featured in, among other publications, RealClearReligion, The American Spectator, Reason, National Review, and FoxNews.com.

Personal details

I’m a big reader and enjoy several genres of literature, but my real passion is ancient Christian writing and history. I greatly enjoy patristic writers, such as Basil the Great, Augustine, Athanasius, and Mark the Monk. Some of my favorite contemporary authors include: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Alexander Schmemann, Patrick Henry Reardon, N.T. Wright, and Rodney Stark.

My politics tend to be old-school libertarian, but I’m a crunchy con at heart. I enjoy walking and hiking and (less frequently) running. Other hobbies include cooking, playing with my kids, Fionn, Felicity, Moses, and Jonah, and doing pretty much anything with my dear wife, Megan — who, by the way, blogs at MegHMiller.com. We attend church at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee.


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I don’t always have time to respond, but I do read and appreciate all correspondence.


Not to be a stickler, but the material presented on this site is my own and copyrighted in my name. You are nonetheless free to do the following without my explicit permission:

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Disclaimer No. 1

As I mentioned above, this my personal blog. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Thomas Nelson, and are presented “as is” with neither warranties nor representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, or validity and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from their use.

Disclaimer No. 2

“Do not think that I speak as one who teaches: I speak as one whose words condemn himself.”
Theophanis the Monk