This year, clay is pleased to welcome Mr. Andrew Berry into its ranks as the new Christian Novella Columnist.
Andrew is now entering his last year of high school as a 17-year-old and taking Advanced Composition at The Potter’s School. When asked why he decided to write for clay, he gave three answers: he enjoys writing, welcomes sharing his completed works with receptive audiences, and, most importantly, feels that it is God’s calling to glorify Him through writing.
Right now, he lives in a suburb near Ann Arbor, Michigan with his two younger brothers. His hobbies include art (primarily drawing) and writing, and he’ll often be found reading and listening to pop bands—generally For King and Country and Beautiful Eulogy. After church, he frequents the gym, and he loves to play basketball (small forward), dodgeball, and ultimate frisbee.
In his spare time, he maintains a small lawn care business in his neighborhood with his younger brother. In the future, he would like to live on a small farm of just a few acres with a few chickens and goats—probably somewhere near where he already lives. When presented with the challenge of spending a million dollars, he professed wanting a brand new Corvette, plus the previously mentioned farm and the finest camper available on the market.
On personality type, Andrew scored INFJ-T (introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging), or the Advocate. It is considered the rarest type, with only 1-3% of the world population having it. He feels that it describes himself quite accurately, an important part of it being that INFJ cares for others and likes to find solutions for problems. He believes he scored it only because of Jesus’ work through his life. He considers himself to have been very immature several years ago, but now, though he is far from perfect, he feels renewed by Christ.
Andrew’s favorite verses are 2 Chronicles 20:20-22, which details the events immediately before the Israelites battled the Canaanite tribes: “And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.’ And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.’ And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.” (ESV) He appreciates this passage because it always reminds him that if we simply leave a difficult situation for God to deal with, he will always help us.
Considering that he once won third place in a national Bible knowledge competition, Andrew is obviously the person for the job of Christian Novella Columnist. Be sure to check it out in the coming school year!