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Still Life: A Book Review

I read this book a while back, while it was in the publication process, because I agreed to consider endorsing it. After reading it, I did write an endorsement for it, and since then I’ve been waiting for it to be released so I could recommend it to others. I’m excited to say it’s here […]

A Lesson in Loving People, from a Very Nice Dining Room

We stood there together, admiring the lovely table and chairs. They were high-quality pieces of furniture, solid wood and polished to a high shine. They were nothing like the cheap castoff furnishings, salvaged from curbs and left behind by previous tenants, that filled our home. “They’re antiques, family heirlooms,” our hosts told us. Both husband […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 2

…This post is continued from last week. Click to read Part 1. Emerging into Light Eventually I met and married a good man who has a gift for granting safety to others. I trusted him enough to make him part of my family and to start a family with him despite my greatest fear: that […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 1

My family never had much, and excess was not in my parents’ lexicon. Dad was a pastor, serving small rural congregations, and Mom stayed at home. We were poor, but we didn’t feel it much, surrounded by farmers who lived simply and at the whim of the rains we asked for at the Wednesday night […]

Guest Post: What Bible Characters Got Wrong So You Don’t Have To

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). She’s got great things to say, and she says them in a way that both disarms and convicts me on a regular basis. She has a particular talent for helping […]

Lessons from a Floating Motel

In my memory, I call it the floating Motel 6. Now, I realize that might be a bit unfair to this plucky budget chain. After all, in a pinch a cheap motel is far better than sleeping without a roof (unless you planned to sleep under the stars, in which case it’s way better than […]

Needed: Unknown People and Unexpected Problems

My family and I just wrapped up a two-week camping trip in Washington, DC, and Colonial Virginia. We enjoyed 14 very full days, learned a lot, shared some new experiences, and thoroughly toured our nation’s capitol. But the great times weren’t only about the tourism–they were about the camping experience too. With the exception of […]

A Good Story

A while back my daughter asked me how many jobs I’ve had. I took a few moments to remember and count, and I came up with 20 jobs since I was 14–and I’m pretty sure I forgot a few. Since I’ve spent most of my adult life working at a few publishing companies, I was […]

Guest Post: The Art of Empathy

My friend Karen (you can read more about her at the end of this post) has written this piece, reflecting on why she writes fiction and how she answers frequent questions like “What is your book about?” We all have questions that we have come to expect, about our work, lives, and loves. I imagine […]

We Need to Hear Quiet, Old Voices

So here we are: a fresh week and a fresh crop of news. Russian soldiers are in Ukraine. Chinese families grieve those lost to a knife attack in a railway station in Kunming. Inspiring South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius stands trial for murder. A California state senator takes a leave of absence in the face […]

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