Why Do We Steer Clear of Church Members With Mental Illness?

A Tennessee mom asks tough questions about mental illness and church in a review of Amy Simpson’s new book “Troubled Minds.” Read more

Darkness Undone: Reflections on The Mushroom Man

Darkness Undone: Overcoming the Lie That This World Is All There Is In Ethel Pochocki’s The Mushroom Man By Ellie Rinehart For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth … For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. – Romans 1:18; 21 The first time… Read more

Rick Riordan I Love You

Let me tell you why I’m professing love for a man not my husband in a public post. Read more

Book Review: A Good and Perfect Gift

Early in her first pregnancy, Amy Julia Becker found herself chafing at its timing.  Having a baby a semester before she finished seminary was not a great plan.If only we had waited, she thought. And then it hit her, Then you wouldn’t have had this child. When her daughter, Penny, is born with Down syndrome, Amy Julia is shocked and terrified, but remembers that she was to have this child. A Good and Perfect Gift details Amy Julia and Peter… Read more

Someday, a Book Review

Need a book for a mom of any age? How about the New York Times bestseller, Someday? Alison Mcghee joins forces with illustrator, Peter Reynolds to create a mother/ child journey similar to Robert Munsch’s, Love You Forever. This book presents an insightful, gestalt view of parenting – reminding the reader that Some Day they will be looking at their children from a different vantage point. Told from a mother’s perspective, a woman moves from holding her newborn baby to watching that… Read more

Where the Wild Things Are: Longing for More

Today, the world lost a prolific children’s writer, Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. For many, the sight of this book and it’s iconic images, first published in 1963, conjures up childhood memories. You may remember the lap, or lack thereof, that you were sitting on when you first experienced Mischievous Max run his mouth to his mom (who calls him “WILD THING!”) by yelling, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” and is promptly sent to bed without dinner. In his room,… Read more

Would you be Forever Fertile?

(I do almost all of my reading on the Kindle app for iPhone — I love it!  I can carry a novel, a spiritual classic, my new testament, and whatever hefty nonfiction my husband has recommended all in my purse wherever I go.) I just finished reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.  I picked up the book for a book club with Amy Julia Becker, and I hope that she will weigh in as well, but I can’t wait… Read more

Thursday’s Book Giveaway

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, by Sally Lloyd-Jones This Bible is unique in that, as the subtitle suggests, it shows Jesus throughout each page and story, even when he is not explicitly mentioned.  It seems, too often, children’s bibles turn the story of redemption into a series of moral stories. If you are tired of that story and want more for your children (and yourself for that matter) – this is your bible. If you or your little… Read more

Wednesday’s Book Giveaway

Caleb’s Lamb, by Helen Santos Not only does this book give the reader vivid insight into living as a shepherd during the time of the Exodus, it simultaneously functions as an analogy of the Christian belief in the substitutionary atonement for sin. And guess what? We’re giving away one book every day this week. So leave a comment for a chance to win today’s book.  Come back tomorrow for a different book which talks about the richness of the season… Read more

Tuesday’s Book Giveaway

Herein is Love, Commentaries for Children, by Nancy Ganz A homeschooling mom wrote these commentaries out of a desire for her own children to understand rich things about God. So far, she has covered the first four books of the Old Testament. Each section has a daily reading, prayer, and craft, as well as suggestions for visual aids, all to reinforce the lesson. This author has a tremendous grasp on the Bible as a whole, managing to intelligently show the… Read more