Christian reflections

A Turn on the Mat: The Gift of Weakness in the Community of Faith

I’m an introvert. In my lowest seasons of fatigue, fear, and spiritual wandering I curl up in my shell like a hermit crab and wait for the noise outside to die down. For everyone and everything to just go away. My best friends are those who continually reach out to me, who load me on…… Continue reading A Turn on the Mat: The Gift of Weakness in the Community of Faith

books · women

Want Some Free Books? You’ve Come to the Right Place

In honor of Mother’s Day and all you folks out there who are moms, have moms, or know a mom or two (everyone covered? perf!), I’m doing a big giveaway. Huge-mongous, even. You can win a copy of each of the four lovely, amazing, encouraging, soul-lifting books:     I’ll send ’em right to your…… Continue reading Want Some Free Books? You’ve Come to the Right Place

books · Christian reflections · Family life

A Mother’s Day Gift for You

Almost Holy comes into the world on June 3, less than a month from today! In honor of Mother’s Day and all moms everywhere, I wanted to share the first chapter of the book with you today. From my heart to yours. Happy Mother’s Day! Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents Chapter 1…… Continue reading A Mother’s Day Gift for You

books · Lists · uncluttered

19 New Books You Should Read in 2019

If you’re anything like me, a nightstand devoid of reading material is enough to drive fear into your heart. From novels to nonfiction, short stories to poetry, young adult literature to graphic novels, having a good book at the ready can be everything. Since I’m always scouting around for new great books, I wanted to…… Continue reading 19 New Books You Should Read in 2019

Christian reflections

Death, Good Friday, and All the Feels

I spent time as a hospital chaplain-in-training while in seminary, and I was blessed with this incredibly thoughtful supervisor named Eileen. She served as a chaplain for decades, and had an unsettling amount of wisdom, strength, and gravitas for someone who wore flared skirts and flowered cardigans. During our weekly supervisory meetings I would inevitably start crying…… Continue reading Death, Good Friday, and All the Feels

Christian reflections · Lists · women

5 Good Reads for Holy Week

Looking for some food for thought this Holy Week? Check out these five good reads. (And don’t look now, but these are all written by women. Brilliant, theologically minded women. Pretty sure Jesus is smiling about that one.) Fleming Rutledge’s “Redeemed by Death and Resurrection,” an excerpt from her book, The Crucifixion. “A declaration of amnesty…… Continue reading 5 Good Reads for Holy Week

Christian reflections · Family life

So Very Weak, So Very Strong

I went to my first exercise class post-baby last week, and probably my fifth exercise class ever. It turns out that I have a wonderful ministry opportunity to be the person in workout classes that makes every other participant feel better about their own skills. No matter what the instructor said, I was the one…… Continue reading So Very Weak, So Very Strong