Authors I love: Jennifer Weiner

A few of you have mentioned liking the book recommendations I’ve been making on Instagram, so I thought I’d fire up the blog to pay tribute to some authors I’ve followed (and appreciated) for longer than a book or two. First up is Jennifer Weiner. I am a LONG time fan of Jennifer and her […]

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The Worst Question

I got busted first thing this morning. Not by the police, but by…well, myself. Sort of. Here’s what happened… Over the weekend, a friend sent me an invitation to do an Advent Devotional with her – a 5 day online guided meditation on what it means to hope in the coming of Jesus – an […]

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The Start of something new

Well hello there! Welcome. Long post ahead, so grab a beverage and settle in… It’s been awhile. I took a long-ish hiatus from blogging…and then from social media…and it was one of the the best thing I’ve ever done in terms of creative rejuvenation. But I missed connecting – sharing laughs about the strange beauty […]

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7 Books I Loved & 1 I…Didn’t

Books! Let’s just talk for a second about how books are pulling heroic weight right now. I’m using them in so many ways: To dive into other lives. To escape. To shape my comprehension of things I don’t understand. To feel like I’m part of the larger world even in quarantine. To discover new ideas […]

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Pandemic Book Log

I spent the first three weeks of the pandemic watching 134 episodes of Chicago Fire, one after another. When that was over, and I needed a way to cope with the loss of my friends at Firehouse 51, I dove into books. All kinds of books. Many were wonderful. A few were, well…not. (We won’t […]

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Maybe you need to Sin

I was up late last night reading the memoir of a woman whose husband lost his faith right around the time their second child was born. She didn’t lose her faith, although it shifted quite a bit from the on-fire, anything for Jesus, we’re destined for greatness culture in which they spent their high school […]

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Prayer (in a time of) Crisis

I planned to write about prayer today, but I can’t pray. This hasn’t happened in a while. But it pops up often enough that I thought I’d mention it rather than sweeping it under the rug and doing a cut/paste post from one of the dozens of talks I’ve given on this subject during easier […]

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How (and why) would I read the Bible?

It’s a fair question. It’s a complicated book. Here are my thoughts on why it’s so very worth the effort. I love the Bible. It took me quite a while to get a handle on it. And yet when you dive in and ask for God’s help, something supernatural kicks in.  It’s inspiring and exciting, […]

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On a personal note…

We should talk about heaven. Yesterday I wrote a whole post about the upside of following Jesus without mentioning heaven, because until recently, heaven seemed more like a “bonus with purchase” add-on item than the reason I invested faith in the first place. I have crystal clear memories of how frustrated I’d get whenever a […]

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Do we really need the Jesus part?

Do we really need the Jesus part of faith? In a word, Yes. I know, I know. But stick with me … Yesterday we talked about the truth that God loves us. That He created us and is exceedingly pleased with His excellent work. But I also hinted at the reality that just three chapters […]

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