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

What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful?

What does it mean to be beautiful? Is beauty only for sunsets, flowers, and fine art? Is beauty only for the model on the cover of the fashion magazine? Is beauty reserved for women, or can a man be beautiful too? These were the questions I brought to Lee Wolfe Blum's new book, Brave is … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful?

Faith in a God Who is Bigger than Our Fears

On a weekend off, there's nothing better than a good book, and this weekend, I immersed myself in Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill (Hendrickson, 2017). As she says in her book trailer below, Redeeming Ruth is an adoption story. But more than that, this is the story of a marriage and a family, of following a … Continue reading Faith in a God Who is Bigger than Our Fears