Living Connected in a Disgruntled and Disconnected World

When I read the long list of author acknowledgments and the many stories in Living Connected: An Introvert's Guide to Friendship by Afton Rorvik (New Hope Publishers, 2021), my first response was "Wow, this author is definitely living connected! How does she do that as an introvert?" Full disclosure, Afton and I are part of … Continue reading Living Connected in a Disgruntled and Disconnected World

We Long for Healing

For 2020, my word of the year was journey, and I thought of it mainly in terms of my journey more deeply into the writing life. I was about to complete my first year as resident author with a liturgical worship community, and looking forward to developing further partnerships with other churches where I might … Continue reading We Long for Healing

The Top 10 of 2020 from April Yamasaki

This week I received a free calendar in the mail along with this note: I've never once felt the need to urge you to throw away something I sent you. But this year, PLEASE, throw away your 2020 calendar. Let's do our part to put this year behind us. In many ways it's been a … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2020 from April Yamasaki

We Wait for God

When my husband was in the hospital, he would sometimes refer to it as a "hotel." After all, he had breakfast in bed every morning and a call bell to ring for whatever he might need day or night. At other times he would refer to it as a "prison." He couldn't leave when he … Continue reading We Wait for God

Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Twelve days ago my husband had a medical emergency, and while he does feel better now, he is still in the hospital hooked up to various medical things, waiting for more tests and next steps. Any medical emergency is hard, and even harder in a pandemic. In our case, COVID-19 protocols kept us from seeing … Continue reading Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Marriage: Midlife Crisis or Opportunity?

Three years ago I read and reviewed Dorothy Littell Greco's Making Marriage Beautiful: Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start With You, so I was curious to read her follow-up book, Marriage in the Middle: Embracing Midlife Surprises, Challenges, and Joys (InterVarsity Press, 2020). How would she address the unique challenges and opportunities of marriage in … Continue reading Marriage: Midlife Crisis or Opportunity?

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

The Fragile Beauty of Marriage

A few weeks ago, I published my review of Dorothy Greco's Making Marriage Beautiful. "But what does that mean?" asked a friend with a puzzled look. "Isn't that like saying soup is wise?" For him, somehow marriage and beautiful didn't go together in the same sentence. Since then I've been thinking about how to describe marriage … Continue reading The Fragile Beauty of Marriage