July 23, 2019

Oh friends, once again, I’ve got a TREAT for you: Mitali Perkins is a friend and a mentor, a writer and a future conversation partner with me (so locals, save the date for November 7th)! She’s the author of twelve novels for young readers, and just typing that makes me swoon and say aloud, “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy!” But her reading? Oh, it’s worthy. Enjoy this interview on her new book, FORWARD ME BACK TO YOU, with her… Read more

July 16, 2019

Friends, you are in for a Tuesday treat of treat. Heather Thompson Day is a Communications Professor and a writing diva I’ve loved getting to know over the last year or so. Her newest book, Confessions of a Christian Wife, is geared specifically toward married Christian women, so if that’s you, don’t stop reading anytime soon. Enjoy!  — Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? I am a Communication Professor and author. I am married to the cutest boy in my 6thgrade… Read more

July 13, 2019

It’s been a year since my first blog appeared on Patheos. My friend and former boss, Jerusalem, came up with the theme, “Coloring Outside the Lines,” a nod to my book and to fortuitous glimpses of the next year. Of course, the theme wasn’t my first choice. Although I can’t find the original emails, I was probably pushing for something like “Messy Motherhood” or “White Lady Got Woke – But Isn’t About to Call Herself Woke” or “Everything Smells Like… Read more

July 9, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, a friend commented that I must have a pretty tough exterior – after all, I keep bouncing back from rejection. I looked at her and cocked my head to the side, mostly because I didn’t know how to interpret her comment: So, you think I’m strong. Resilient. In-de-fatigable (as I learned and then taught again in 11th grade English). But you also point out the fact that rejection is a regular part of my vocabulary and I’m not… Read more

July 2, 2019

Author Tuesday, author Tuesday! Friends, have I got a TREAT for you today: Onleilove Alston was saved by grace and kept by the Torah, and her new book, Prophetic Whirlwind, examines the Black foundations of the Biblical text. Although I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I DID have a chance to spend a week with Onleilove through the Collegeville Institute and can vouch for her writing prowess! Get to know her through this interview and leave a comment at the… Read more

June 28, 2019

It’s true: the most glorious season of all has arrived in all its light-filled, BBQ-everything glory. I’m talking about summer, of course, and for those of us who are readers, there’s something extra magical about that thing called summer reading. Between rasslin’ the kids and applying extra sunblock and running circles around cozy wintry vibes, we sneak peeks at a stack of books we’ve been eying for months. And when the time finally comes to lay on the beach towel and… Read more

June 25, 2019

Ohhhhhh, snaps. I’m so stoked about today’s author AND today’s book. Katey Zeh is rad …and there’s probably a better descriptive word for her, but it’s also all-encompassing in an early 90’s sort of way. I LOVE her heart behind Women Rise Up, and I’ve got a feeling you’re going to be all in as well. Enjoy this interview with her!  — Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? I’m a Baptist minister and a gender justice advocate. I call myself… Read more

June 21, 2019

In a week and a half, a vacation responder will chirp back a greeting to each and every email that arrives in my inbox. And, as long as everything goes according to plan, even though my fingers will likely quiver over the buttons on the phone, as if by sheer undeniable force (and trained reflex alone), I still won’t update my mailbox. The same goes for social media, which for me means unplugging from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the better part… Read more

June 18, 2019

When a couple of authors from the Voices Rising team contacted me to see if I might be interested in featuring their book for Author Tuesday, I couldn’t say YES fast enough. Not only do I believe in the work Servant Partners does around the world, but I believe in the stories BEHIND the work. Enjoy this interview with one of the authors, Janet Singleterry, below.  — Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? My name is Janet Balasiri Singleterry, and… Read more

June 11, 2019

Friends, you met her a few months ago when she released Uncluttered – well, please extend another welcome to Courtney Ellis, who released Almost Holy Mama a week ago! I’m a huge fan of Courtney and her winsome, witty, truth-filled writing. Check out this interview with her and leave a comment at the end to win a copy of her new book!  — Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? I’m a pastor, speaker, procrastibaker, and author of Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free… Read more

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