Kids, Families, and Mental Health

I'm not a parent, but I care about kids, families, and mental health, so I'm excited to introduce you to Bring Them Closer: Calling Parents to Courage through the Mental Health Crisis by Connie Jakab (Word Alive Press, 2020). I know Connie since we're both part of the Redbud Writers Guild, and I'm grateful for … Continue reading Kids, Families, and Mental Health

Free Self-Care Study Guide

I always intended to put together a study guide for Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and at long last, the Four Gifts Study Guide is DONE!!! One reason that this guide has been so long in coming is that there are plenty of questions already included in Four Gifts. The … Continue reading Free Self-Care Study Guide

Busy, Broken, and Being Beloved

My copy of Linda Hoye's The Presence of Absence is studded with bookmarks so I can return to some of my favourite passages in her wonderful new book. I had to smile when she buys a new Moleskin notebook---then decides she needs a new desk to go with it! (87) I recognize myself both in … Continue reading Busy, Broken, and Being Beloved

Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Announcement: MennoMedia has been doing a series of author interviews, and it was my turn to be interviewed this week on "Self-care in a time of COVID-19." The video is available on the MennoMedia Facebook page. And now for today's article. . . . When I reach for a snack, I'm much more likely to … Continue reading Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

One of the few Japanese words I know is tsundoku. While it's new to me, it's actually an old word that dates from at least the Meiji era (1868-1912), and it means letting books pile up to read later. Or as we might think of it today, tsundoku is "the art of buying books and … Continue reading Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

A Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

As we enter this Holy Week before Easter, it's been four weeks since our congregation has been able to meet in person for worship, and there's no telling how long this coronavirus pandemic will last, or how many more weeks we may need to worship apart at home. While we wait, I'm grateful that here … Continue reading A Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

When You Love a Prodigal: Banishing Fear and Leaning into God’s Love

When Judy Douglass and her husband agonized over their son and his destructive choices, they turned to friends around the world for prayer support. Over time their call for prayer turned into an annual Worldwide Prodigal Prayer Day with several thousand first-names-only on the prayer list. "Almost every family I know has a “prodigal”—someone who … Continue reading When You Love a Prodigal: Banishing Fear and Leaning into God’s Love

Win a Free Copy of On the Way With Jesus

With just over four weeks until Ash Wednesday, I've been wanting to share with you my reflection and discussion guide to On the Way With Jesus: Sermons for Lent and Easter based on the Gospel Readings.  I've already shared the book's cover along with the table of contents and back cover copy. And today I'm … Continue reading Win a Free Copy of On the Way With Jesus