“Love and Salt”: Two Friends Seeking God with Mind and Heart

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Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters is the kind of book that you start recommending to other people before you’ve even finished it. It will also get you thinking about your own spiritual friendships—those rare, treasured relationships with people whose company you enjoy and with whom you can discuss theological notions and the [Read More...]

The Little Blonde Girl on the Back Steps

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Before buying the house we live in now, we lived in a tiny five-room ranch house. When we bought that house, we had one child and expected to end up with two. Instead we ended up with three, which is what eventually sent us out looking for larger quarters. I brought two of my three [Read More...]

Why I Love Writing, But Don’t Always Like It

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I have been on an Alice Munro binge, gobbling up her latest collection of short stories titled Dear Life, and then rummaging through the pile of books on my nightstand to devour Runaway, which I purchased on a Borders discount table years ago and somehow never read. Alice Munro stories are about regular people, about [Read More...]

A Lifeline for Our Damaged Selves: A Review of Anne Lamott’s “Help. Thanks. Wow.”

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For many female Christian writers, particularly those like me who write about theology in non-academic terms and in the context of our lives as mothers, neighbors, church members, and writers, novelist and spiritual memoirist Anne Lamott embodies our highest aspirations. I remember reading her memoir Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, and [Read More...]

“We Have to Consider the Quality of Our Children”: IVF, a Nobel Prize, and Cultural Confusion Around Reproductive Ethics

As the one-year anniversary of my book publication approaches in January, I’m devoting Fridays from now until the end of the year to revisiting the book’s major themes. Each Friday, I’ll post an excerpt from No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Suffering in an Age of Advanced Reproduction. This week, I’m featuring [Read More...]

What the Real St. Nicholas Teaches Us About Gift Giving

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When I picked up Adam C. English’s new book, The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra, I hoped for insights into how a fourth century bishop in what is now Turkey became our generous, child-loving symbol of Christmas giving. To an extent, I was disappointed. St. [Read More...]

Which Story Do You Live By?

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As the one-year anniversary of my book publication approaches in January, I’m devoting Fridays from now until the end of the year to revisiting the book’s major themes. Each Friday, I’ll post an excerpt from No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Suffering in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, with a question for [Read More...]

What Hobbits Have Taught Me About God’s Providence

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My husband and I are Lord of the Rings movie junkies. I believe I could re-enact the entire Helm’s Deep battle sequence in The Two Towers, if only I had the muscle strength and dexterity to, say, mimic Legolas’s tossing of his dwarf pal Gimli across a chasm at a signal moment in the story. We have [Read More...]


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