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...]

An Unexpected New Season Begins

In 2012, I wrote a post for Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog entitled, "When Higher Education Is Neither: Why Should I Earn A Degree?" In it, I explained my lifestyle of learning, as well as the longstanding truce I'd made my my decision not to complete college: I found myself back on staff at an evangelical college and seminary when my youngest son finished high school. There it was again, a new variation of the Question, being asked of me by various coworkers and a few students: "Why … [Read more...]

Who Raised These Millennials Anyway?

We once sang about hoping to die before we got old, but quite a few of my fellow baby boomers have begun to sound like a cross between 1960s sitcom crank Granny Clampett and the 1980s SNL Church Lady when it comes to our kids' generation.I've heard some in my age group lament that the millennials refuse to grow up. I've eavesdropped few remarks like, "Back when I was my son's age, I had a decent job and a mortgage. But you can't get a mortgage on a barista's salary. Come to think of it, back … [Read more...]

40+ Case Study: Jeanette

Sarah Bessey, a gifted thirty-something writer, noted in her post last week at Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog that as she was pulling together research for an upcoming book, she discovered how many midlife women felt marginalized by church and culture alike. She noted that the church often mirrors culture in way that cause pain for those of a certain age: Sadly, perhaps we need to admit that we don't honor age in our churches either, particularly for women. Once a woman reaches a … [Read more...]

What Courage Looks Like

I don't really resonate with examples of courage that include mountain climbing, wire walking or jumping out of airplanes. I do respect those who have the ability to silence their own common sense so they can choose to push beyond their own limits mentally and physically, but they do not inspire me to exercise my own courage muscles by white water rafting or skiing a double black diamond trail.I admire those who find themselves in impossible circumstances and survive against all odds. … [Read more...]