Interview: Marlena Graves/A Beautiful Disaster

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One of the first things that struck me about Marlena Graves' writing was how very grounded she was. She could provide great analysis about disturbing cultural trends while at the same time managing to point her readers in the direction of the Jesus she loved. We'd first connected several years ago via our contributions to Christianity Today's popular Her.meneutics blog. (Click here to have a peek at some of the topics Marlena has tackled for the site.) She has written about tough topics ranging … [Read more...]

Review: Broke

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When I talk about money with others, the conversations tend to head in one of two directions: either toward Dave Ramsey-type personal finance issues or toward anxiety-tinged discussions of general economic trends, like dim job prospects for recent grads or the real estate meltdown. The conversation I wish I were having a little more frequently with others is the kind of conversation Caryn Rivadeneira is having with readers in her newest book, Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed About … [Read more...]

Review: Found

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One of my first experiences with a dark night of the soul period happened shortly after my second child was born. I didn't have post-partum depression. In many ways, I was energized by having two little ones under two. But I felt my spiritual life withering in the never-ending cycle of diapering, meal prep, and wrestling a baby and a toddler into burrito-like outfits all winter long just to go to the store to buy a gallon of milk. I'd been born again in an era of spiritual … [Read more...]

Review: Jesus Feminist

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One of the benefits of being a Patheos blogger is the opportunity to participate in a book club-themed conversation about a particular book during a certain two-week or so time period. It's interesting to get a lot of different perspectives from a variety of good thinkers on an author's work. If you decide to purchase the book in question for yourself, you'll bring all the questions and insights from book club bloggers into the pages as you read it. If you don't choose to read the book, the … [Read more...]

Review: Adventure Of Ascent

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Books written for those in the first half of life are frequently framed in the imperative. Do this to find love of your life! Try these ten ways to divorce-proof your marriage! Here's what you must do to be a successful parent! Do these six things to get the job of your dreams! Those imperatives feed our first-half dreams for our lives. They nourish our ambitions. They are tools in a builder's hands - and while we're building our lives, we often accumulate fix it hardware as though we're … [Read more...]

Friday’s Miscellany

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Evidence of a series of storms, in the form of layered grit, can't quite mute the expression of gratitude on this license plate. If the plate was clean and shiny, it wouldn't preached the message it did to me this morning in the Kohl's parking lot. When things aren't all so shiny-lovely in my life - as now, when some of those I love most in all the world are struggling and suffering - fear, pain and anxiety form the bulk of my Holy Spirit-groaned prayers for them. Yet I am more likely … [Read more...]

Review: God’s Forever Family

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Why should the devil have all the good music? If those words immediately trigger a memory for you of a live performance of Larry Norman pounding on a piano a la Jerry Lee Lewis, you might be an aging Jesus Freak. While religious and social historians who study such things are divided on whether the Jesus Movement of the late 1960's–early `70's was indeed American's fourth great awakening, those of us who came to faith during this hurricane of the Spirit recognize that it was, at the least, … [Read more...]


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