Book Review: So Fill Our Imaginations

“If the parables of Jesus…are meant to be ‘destabilizing’…and if they work according to ‘a pattern of orientation, disorientation, and reorientation’…we should be made uncomfortable,” theology professor and occasional preacher Mark Lloyd Taylor remarks in one of the sermons featured in this collection.  As a closing reflection on the parable of the talents, I flaggedContinue reading “Book Review: So Fill Our Imaginations”

Into the Mess: Book Review

Written in short reflections on pericipes of scripture, I had intended to savor Into the Mess & Other Jesus Stories devotionally, reading one per day. But, I was so drawn in and moved by Debie Thomas’s reflections that I devoured this book in an evening.  Much like a simple turn of the diamond, Thomas takesContinue reading “Into the Mess: Book Review”

Book Review: Birthing the Holy

The organization I work for has found itself in a threshold season. As Christine Valters Paintner writes in her newest book, Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal, “Thresholds are liminal times when the past season has come to a close but there is a profound unknowing of what will comeContinue reading “Book Review: Birthing the Holy”

From Surviving to Thriving

**This is a sneak peek of the first in our From Surviving to Thriving devotional series over at Some Comfort and Joy. Be sure to subscribe here to receive the entire series free in your inbox this fall! “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and whenContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving”

From Surviving to Thriving

Anxiety and exhaustion can plague us when our resources are in high demand. Using Psalm 139 to guide our reflections, we will explore grounding practices that nurture our wellbeing in the midst of the many caregiving roles we fulfill over on my collaborative devotional project Some Comfort and Joy. In our series introduction, Gwen writes:Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving”

Thanks for Being Here: Uncle Dan

I love listening to Kelly Corrigan’s podcast. For the last while she has a short post each Sunday morning entitled “Thanks for Being Here” in which she reads a tribute submitted about someone’s loved one. I’m sure that was part of the swirl that prompted me to process my Uncle’s illness and death in thisContinue reading “Thanks for Being Here: Uncle Dan”

Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 3)

This is not the story I thought I’d be living.  And yet here we are.  What can be done to help the caregivers around us? How can we protect our health and well-being as we care for our families? What can we do to make caregiving sustainable?  Here are a few ideas This is theContinue reading “Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 3)”

Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 2)

I’m not a caregiving expert, but I am a person with a caregiving experience.  In my previous post I set forth some context for caregivers. It’s my hope that as you find yourself in a story you wouldn’t choose to be living, you can experience compassion and grace for yourself as you realize you areContinue reading “Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 2)”

Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 1)

We know death comes for us all. There is no escaping it. But when you or a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, everything changes.  Suddenly, this isn’t the story I thought I’d be living. I don’t expect you to care about my particular story, I told the caregivers gathered in the church fellowship hallContinue reading “Unchosen Journeys: Caregiving (Part 1)”

Non-Fiction Recommendations

In addition to reading books in print, on my kindle or listening to audio, another way I keep myself reading, is to always be part way into a book. I generally have a fiction and a non-fiction book going at any one time.  Some of my top non-fiction recommendations from my reading this year are: Continue reading “Non-Fiction Recommendations”