Blessed Are You Who Live Intentionally Unsatisfied

When I first heard the title of Amy Simpson's latest book, I was immediately intrigued: Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World (InterVarsity Press, 2018). Of course, our world is imperfect. And who wouldn't want to find spiritual freedom? But how does that relate to being unsatisfied, and where is the blessing … Continue reading Blessed Are You Who Live Intentionally Unsatisfied

From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Given the choice between reading a book that is new to me and one that I've read before, I would most likely choose the new one. After all there are so many books to read, and so little time! But I made an exception recently and re-read Hannah Hurnard's classic Hinds' Feet on High Places. The … Continue reading From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Four Gifts Cover Reveal

Have you seen the cover of my soon-to-be new book? It's not scheduled for release until September 4, 2018, but I can't resist sharing it! The book started as an article about self-care on the job: Is Self-Care Part of Your Paid Employment and Should It Be? But it's become much bigger than that, for … Continue reading Four Gifts Cover Reveal

Bighearted Hospitality for Strangers

Please welcome my guest, Sarah Quezada, author of Love Undocumented, which brings together her personal story and experience of the U.S. immigration system with Scripture and her Christian faith. In this excerpt, she talks about bighearted hospitality which speaks to her U.S. context, to my Canadian context with its different immigration issues, and to anyone … Continue reading Bighearted Hospitality for Strangers

Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World

When I first learned that one of my sister Redbuds planned to write a book about entrepreneurs and marriage, I mentally added it to my must-read list. After all, I grew up in an entrepreneur family. I saw first-hand how many hours my dad poured into his snack food manufacturing business, how much my mom … Continue reading Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World

6 Reasons Why We Need Lament

In his work on the book of Psalms, Glenn Pemberton* says that lament makes up 40% of all psalms. Yet when he looked at the hymnal for the Churches of Christ, lament made up only 13% of the psalms included in their hymnal. For the Baptist hymnal he examined, it was also 13%, and for … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why We Need Lament

Following Jesus Through Faith and Doubt

I've always credited Peter's faith for getting him out of the boat to walk on water. Jesus had stayed alone on shore to pray, while Peter and the other disciples went ahead to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Their boat was still far out on the water when the wind began to … Continue reading Following Jesus Through Faith and Doubt

Learning to Wait Well

I was immediately drawn to the title of Sharla Fritz's new book: Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope, and Trust (Concordia, 2017), so of course I couldn't wait to share it with you. And yes, I'm quite aware of the contradiction in that sentence about waiting and not waiting--which is why I'm thoroughly enjoying … Continue reading Learning to Wait Well