Review: Troubled Minds

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I've heard some believers say that mental illness can be reduced to a mind-over-matter issue. "If that depressed person would just apply a little Christian elbow grease by memorizing and applying the Word of God, they'd get over it." I've heard other believers insist that mental illness is always a spiritual issue. "It's demons. End of story."I'm glad to say I've also known believers who've been caring and faithful friends to those suffering from mental illness. There are many more who … [Read more...]

Review: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Skeptic’s Guide Series)

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Because we've traveled to Israel five times during the last five years as part of my husband's board responsibilities with The Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies, people ask us a lot of interesting questions about the region. Number one is "Isn't it dangerous there?" On the heels of that question is often some variation of "Do you think there's any hope for peace in the region?" This query may take the form of a personal confession, as in, "I really don't understand why things are … [Read more...]

Review: Eat With Joy

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My mom was a diet afficionado. It seemed that she tried on for size every fad diet that came during my childhood. The Cottage Cheese Diet. The Grapefruit Diet. A few rounds of Weight Watchers. A leaning tower of Lean Cuisines stashed in the freezer. An always-uneasy relationship with "starch", or as we like to call it/them today, carbs.She also disliked cooking. The standard fare at our dinner table was broiled steak, defrosted Green Giant frozen vegetables and an iceberg lettuce salad. Or … [Read more...]

Review: The Hardest Thing To Do

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If anyone but my friend Carole had handed me a book series like Penelope Wilcock's The Hawk and The Dove, I would have found a way to smile politely, tumble together a sloppy "thanks but no thanks; too busy" and pass them back to the giver as if I were playing Hot Potato.  Carole, a brilliant friend possessing the equivalent of a black belt in classic literature, pressed the stack of three books in Wilcock's original trilogy on me back in the days when they were three separate books. (They've … [Read more...]

When Theology Becomes An Assault Weapon

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What appears to be pristine theology, presented in user-friendly form, may in fact be a deadly assault weapon.A young friend was struggling with how to trust God as she faced infertility. She didn't feel as though the Ladies Bible study crew at her church would be the best place for her to process her questions and emotions. I suggested we read a book together - something that could shape our conversation and our prayers. I offered four titles addressing the subject of trust, a couple of … [Read more...]

Reviews: Pursuing God’s Will Together and I’ve Got Your Back

I've had some pretty terrible leaders. I've served under leaders who were burned out, on power trips, coddling a secret life of sin and corruption. I've had leaders who were living illustrations of The Peter Principle, and others who got their training in the Benito Mussolini School of Management.A good, long look in the mirror shows me the face of someone who has been a terrible leader, too. Left to my own devices, I tend to make fast, unilateral decisions – which can alternately frustate or t … [Read more...]

Review: Booked

When I was a young parent building a library of kiddie lit for my children, it dawned on me that I'd heard bits and pieces of the Good News long before I first read the Gospel of John during high school. I learned about faith and redemption from Grimm's fairy tales like Little Briar Rose, Snow White and Rose Red, the Fisherman and His Wife, Cinderella and Rapunzel. I learned about the power of love to triumph over evil by reading Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time. I learned about … [Read more...]


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