Review: Tent Of David

"I wish I were Jewish. I just love the Jewish people!"When some Christians learn I am a Jewish believer, they begin to gush their love of of all things Jewish to me. Some have stories of beloved Jewish doctors or accountants. Others share their deep political allegiance to modern Israel. Still others believe that they may have had a Jewish relative who hid his or her identity in order to survive the Holocaust or duck anti-Semitism in this country.Of this group, there are a few who've … [Read more...]

The Transformative Heart Of ‘What Not To Wear’

I hear voices in my head if I'm tempted to run to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things dressed in my work-at-home uniform of an oversized T-shirt, sweats and well-worn Birkenstocks. Those voices say things like, "Why are you going out in public in that schlumpy, sad sack of an outfit? Have you learned nothing at all from a decade of watching our TV show?"Beyond a mere makeover show, TLC long-running What Not To Wear explores the emotion and esteem issues behind our clothing c … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #14: On ‘Moving On’

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture, stopping at a few oases along the way, in order to contemplate our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * * If there's a phrase I don't understand, it's "moving on". When someone says "Survivors are rebuilding and moving on with their lives a … [Read more...]

A Single Woman’s Prayer

Yesterday, I heard one of the bravest confessions I've ever heard in public. The church we attend has a space in the service for people to share their own written prayers of lament or celebration. Most are heartfelt, and a couple have been quite remarkable. Last summer, an expression of pain from a mom whose baby died shortly after birth stuck echoed inside of me for days, and helped me understand how to pray for this young couple.During Sunday morning's service, a woman just a few years … [Read more...]

Postscript To My Announcement Last Week

Last Friday, I shared the news here I'd be attending school this fall. I'm so grateful for the words of encouragement and support!I have one additional piece of news to share. I just signed a contract with Beacon Hill Press to write a book with the working title Redeeming Regret: From Shackles To Shalom. Regret often imprisons women in the past, depletes their present, and disables their future, but Redeeming Regret will demonstrate how Christ can redeem and repurpose regrets for his glory an … [Read more...]

Review: Letters And Life

 In the novella-length essay that closes Letters and Life: On Being A Writer, On Being A Christian (Crossway, 2012), author Bret Lott took me back to the day my mom died, and the shadowed valley of days that came after that. The emotional landscape of his relationship with his dad throughout his life was quite different than mine was with my mom, save this: Before he realized his father's life was nearing an end, while everyone around him was planning for rehab and recovery for him, his … [Read more...]

Thinking About Home Schooling Your Kids?

Back-to-school is in the air this month, and another generation of parents is trying to figure out where their kids will be learning to read, write, cipher and make baking soda-and-vinegar-fueled volcanoes this year. Public school, private school or home school?We home schooled our kids through high school. Our youngest graduated from our kitchen table nearly a decade ago, so I've had some time to reflect on what worked, what didn't, and why.We launched into our journey when we … [Read more...]