November 15, 2016

Those who found me thought it was a murder scene. Apparently the pink Benadryl pills, along with the tens of thousands of other milligrams of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications I took, made it look like blood. They thought I was dead and I should have been. I wanted to be. I had been unconscious nearly twelve hours. The one flash I have of coming to was being transferred by the medical personnel from the gurney to the hospital bed. Everything was colored white except the navy of the nurse’s scrubs. I’m assuming it was in the ER. I remember them cutting my clothes off and it was all like a nightmare. I couldn’t respond but I remember them counting, 1…2…3… before lifting me up and over. And what emotion do I remember from that? Shame. Ashamed of being naked. I had never been more vulnerable. Read more

November 11, 2016

Join me today for a conversation about shame with Todd Littleton. And check out this post for a HUGE sale on my books, THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Read more

November 9, 2016

I fear what our nation will become in the years of a Trump Presidency. I pray this nightmare only lasts four years. But I cannot live the next four years, hating the man who holds the highest office in the land. So, I refuse to hate. And it’s really hard to hate someone you are actively praying for; therefore, I will pray for Donald J. Trump. And I will pray for America. Read more

November 7, 2016

Politicians and pundits are using stronger language than ever, and who knows if they ever mean what they say or if it’s just a brazen attempt to put their sound byte at the top of another news cycle. I want to be an informed citizen, but the news seems to be growing more dim by the day. As a result, our world seems more fearful than ever. So what should a Christian do? Read more

November 4, 2016

A culture that diminishes sexual violence is indelibly linked to my experience. I still have days when I find myself thinking, at least it was only once. While I am thankful I was only raped one time, the truth is it’s never only once. I’ve been haunted by the memories of that moment my entire life. The effects of abuse ripple out to impact relationships, decisions, habits, and my sense of self every single day. Read more

November 3, 2016

From Pastor to Psych Ward: Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible by Steve Austin is a testimonial about one man’s life struggles, dealing with abuse and recovery from a suicide attempt. This is a touching book that deals with a topic most people don’t admit. The author shares tidbits from his past to declare the power of forgiveness that only comes through trusting God. We will all go through diverse temptations and trials as we live this life of faith. Read more

November 2, 2016

Fatherhood is the greatest gift in the world. And some very hard work. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Read more

November 1, 2016

I’m thrilled to tell you that my brand-new book, co-authored with Kate Pieper, LMFT, is now available on Amazon! Self-Care for the Wounded Soul has been called a gift that keeps on giving. Read more

October 31, 2016

Every step took more energy than he had ever realized before. Grief is that way: it creates a temporary laziness that cannot be explained or immediately defeated. Luke closed the bathroom door behind him and exhaled as he listened for the comforting click of the lock. Whew. He just couldn’t deal with his dad yet. He needed a few minutes to decompress. Why was I wearing my All Stars, he thought. And what were all those voices? And a table saw? Who builds next to a grave? Read more

October 31, 2016

Good news, friends: we’re almost done with the worst of the political shenanigans. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. What do you do when you can’t turn on any form of media without being smacked by slinging mud? You take good care of yourself. Here are 5 simple ways to practice self-care during the most volatile election season in recent memory. Read more

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