A Happy Birthday Free Gift

Four Gifts quietly turned one-year-old last Wednesday, September 4. There was no party, no cake, no fanfare, but today I’m marking the occasion by giving away a FREE copy that you can keep for yourself or give to a friend, your pastor, another church leader, or anyone else you’d like to bless with some self-care. … Continue reading A Happy Birthday Free Gift

A Rhythm of Welcome: No Solo Instruments

I love this gorgeous cover of Leslie Verner's new book! It looks inviting, and I know that her message of welcome and hospitality is sorely needed in our world today. I'm thrilled to host Leslie on my blog, plus she's offered to give away a copy of her book, Invited: The Power of Hospitality in … Continue reading A Rhythm of Welcome: No Solo Instruments

Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest

I did a double-take when I first read the title, The Radical Pursuit of Rest---isn't "pursuit" the opposite of "rest"? Author John Koessler definitely sparked my interest, and his subtitle added to the intrigue: Escaping the Productivity Trap. In his introduction, Koessler says that while his book contains practical suggestions on how we might pursue … Continue reading Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest

7 Essential Steps to Declutter, Downsize, and Rightsize Your Books and Anything Else

In a recent survey, one reader suggested I write an article on "downsizing." Hmmm, I confess that at first I mentally set that idea aside since I don't have much experience with downsizing and wasn't sure I had anything to offer. Although I helped my mom downsize from her house to a condo, then to … Continue reading 7 Essential Steps to Declutter, Downsize, and Rightsize Your Books and Anything Else

Love’s Way: Aging, Respect, and Solutions for the Whole Family

My mother always said she didn't want to live with any of her children. After my father died, my mom decided the family home was too big for her and moved into a condo. Then some years later she decided to move into an independent housing complex for seniors, and there she would tell people, … Continue reading Love’s Way: Aging, Respect, and Solutions for the Whole Family

Three Friends, Three Books

Today I'm excited to introduce three books from three friends that are making an impact on me. Each touches me in a different way: poetry that stirs my heart, mind, and soul; missionary stories that inspire me; and a devotional book that I'm already planning to use next year. The first excerpt is a poem … Continue reading Three Friends, Three Books

In Your Hurry, Seek Holy Selfishness

One of the reasons I love social media is the opportunity to connect with writer friends like Chris Maxwell, whose writing and personal story have greatly encouraged and blessed me. I came to know him first as an author and survivor of a devastating health crisis, but his main vocation is Director of Spiritual Life … Continue reading In Your Hurry, Seek Holy Selfishness