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Home by Another Way: A Meditation on a Covid Christmas

Home by Another Way: A Meditation on a Covid Christmas

The highway between our home and my parents had been under construction for several years, as Oklahoma highways are neither expedient nor efficient in the repairs department. The road would predictably narrow to a bottleneck of a single lane where travelers would sit...

On Gratitude in the Hard Years

On Gratitude in the Hard Years

“Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice of an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.” ~Karl Barth This has been a hard year but in the pantheon of hard years, this one does not take the...

Book Review: Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Book Review: Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

After years as a restaurant critic for the New York Times (the subject matter of her previous memoir) Ruth Reichl is offered the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine Gourmet. The story of Reichl’s time at the helm of Gourmet during the golden age and...

2020 Best Christmas Books for Kids

2020 Best Christmas Books for Kids

I absolutely love exploring all the new Christmas books each year for kids and adding to our library. Each year we wrap our collection and use it as our Advent calendar. I also love making room on our favorites list for new titles while still cherishing some classics....

How to Start a Book Advent Calendar on a Budget

How to Start a Book Advent Calendar on a Budget

When I shared last year that our family does an Advent calendar opening a book a day, I received a lot of emails asking “how did you afford to do that? It’s a lot of money to start that tradition!” And they are absolutely right, if you went out and bought 28 books it...

We Are the Trail Makers

We Are the Trail Makers

Two years ago we took the kids to hike Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for a week. I love these weeks in the life of our family. It is time not just to connect without distraction in the goodness of God’s big and beautiful creation, to have long and...

Book Review: Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas

Book Review: Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas

Every time a colleague in ministry wants to bemoan the challenge of a pandemic Advent and Christmas and their waning creative energy I counter with “but you don’t have to come up with this on your own! There’s this great new book called Faithful Families for Advent...

A Year of Which We Can Be Proud

A Year of Which We Can Be Proud

I have a dear friend that when describing her marriage says, “we’ve been married 25 years, most of which we are proud of.” As someone who has now clocked well over a decade of marriage I chuckle at her description because it’s true. There are moments we have done it...

Book Review: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Book Review: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

When I saw in late 2019 that Sue Monk Kidd was scheduled to release a book about the forgotten wife of Jesus, I internally groaned. There are so many ways that a book like this could go wrong. The shear number of historical, theological and interpretive choices leaves...

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