Creative Writing

E xplore some of my more creative pieces here. My creative writing has appeared in Boneshaker Magazine and Equals Quarterly, as well as online at Relevant magazine, The Equals Record, and in Fuller’s student publication, the Semi. Here you will also find the introduction to my book of essays, Telling the Treasure: Reflections, Essays, and Anecdotes from a Backslidden Mystic, written as my master’s thesis project at Fuller Theological Seminary. Please note that many of these pieces were written under my maiden name, Joy Moyal, before I married Robert Thompson in December 2011. Read my informal musings on my blog, www.netanya.wordpress.com.

Of Bookworms and Wanderlust

Originally published in Equals Quarterly in June 2013. Read “Of Bookworms and Wanderlust.”

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Eat. Pedal. Sleep. in Boneshaker Magazine

I co-wrote “Eat. Pedal. Sleep.” with my husband Robert Thompson, based on a cycling tour he took in Northern California. This piece was published in Boneshaker Magazine, a Bristol, U.K.-based quarterly celebrating all things bicycles, in July 2013. View the PDF of the article here.

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To Be Born Over and Over Again on The Equals Record

Originally published on The Equals Record on May 9, 2013. Read it the piece on The Equals Record here. “To Be Born Over and Over Again” Remember the song “It’s Raining Men”? Well, I’ve never experienced such a phenomenon, but for the past year it’s definitely been raining babies around here. It’s like the windows […]

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Book Reviews on The Equals Record

As part of The Equals Record series, “What Are You Reading (Offline, That Is)?,” I contributed two short book reviews and recruited two friends to add theirs, as well. Read it here.

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Autumn’s Dying

Originally published on The Equals Record on September 21, 2012. Read it on The Equals Record here. Growing up in Los Angeles, I am accustomed to hearing transplants and tourists informing me that my fair city does not experience the four seasons. I always nod in agreement, but with a smile that hides something I […]

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Telling the Treasure: Reflections, Essays, and Anecdotes from a Backslidden Mystic

I wrote Telling the Treasure as my Master’s thesis project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for my Master of Arts degree in Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Below is a synopsis, the introduction to the book, and a link to Lulu.com where you can buy Telling the Treasure. […]

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How Advent Saved Christmas (Relevantmagazine.com)

Originally published on Relevant magazine’s website on November 28, 2011. Click here to read the story on Relevant’s site. How Advent Saved Christmas There were a few years there when I hated Christmas. Sure, I could bop along with the rest of them to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but I’d […]

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Anna

Originally published in Offerings, a literary anthology published through Fuller Theological Seminary’s the Semi in October 2011. To read in an online version of Offerings, click here. Anna: A Pilgrim Story Legend has it that in the year 1263, a Bohemian priest traveled to Rome to resolve his doubts over the doctrine of transubstantiation—whether or […]

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Sexy Feminist: How Fuller Made Me One

Originally published in Fuller’s student publication, the Semi, in their Spring 2011 issue entitled “Let’s Talk About Sex. Again.” Click here to read the full article. Sexy Feminist: How Fuller Made Me One I was born into the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a denomination founded in the roaring twenties by a woman who had […]

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Pilgrim’s Shoes: A Poem

Originally published in the Semi’s Winter 2011 issue entitled “A Contemporary Travel Guide.” To read in the Semi online, click here. Pilgrim’s Shoes I put on pilgrim’s shoes But they don’t fit. My feet pinch and blister As I study frescoes and question Francis. Did you hurt yourself so God would show up? I can’t […]

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