“What If?” Three Ways

“Mid-life is where dreams go to die,” I told my friend.  She laughed before realizing I was being serious.  We were sitting in a modern coffee shop perched halfway up a mountain Morgantown, West Virginia. Nothing like watching college students in their yoga pants and crop tops wandering in and out to make one feelContinue reading ““What If?” Three Ways”

Conversations with Silence

Change, upheaval, grief and disappointment have all been significant components of my 2021.  As we move into the final weeks of the year, my hopeful and aspirational word(s) for the year– create + release, have fallen to the background, and the words cozy + less have been coming to the fore. I set a fewContinue reading “Conversations with Silence”

Beautiful Word Bible

Nearly three months ago, I packed a dozen boxes of books, clearing the shelves of my church office. And not for the first time, I wondered why I keep so many books. I’m not a big re-reader.   As I touched each book, I wondered if I will ever open these again. Flipping through to reviewContinue reading “Beautiful Word Bible”

Reading Log (May continued…)

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris “Gossip is theology translated into experience. In it we hear great stories of conversion…at it’s deepest level, small town gossip is about how we face matters of life and death.” I’m already a fan of Norris’ work, but this one…wow. As our family prepares for transition to aContinue reading “Reading Log (May continued…)”

Reading Log (May)

The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin “Choice and opportunity were not the uncomplicated gifts most people thought they were.” Recommended by a friend from church, this fictionalized account of an historic event was horrifying and heartening. I had to keep reading to find out how it was going to resolve! Powerful characters and enlightening aboutContinue reading “Reading Log (May)”

Book Review: Lovers in the Wilderness

“No one escapes the wilderness on the way to the promised land.” – Annie Dillard While I’d like to leave the wilderness themes behind me now that we are through the liturgical season of lent, this biblical image repeats and resonates in a variety of ways. Moving now into a transition season in our familyContinue reading “Book Review: Lovers in the Wilderness”

Book Review: Samaritan Cookbook

The intersection of food and faith is always something that has interested me. My first foray into online writing was a food blog. After a few years of posting about recipes I was trying and working on the editorial team to assemble a heritage cookbook, I was in the process of dreaming and relaunching myContinue reading “Book Review: Samaritan Cookbook”

The Courage to Go (Book Review)

Growing up in the church (the oldest daughter in a pastors’ family, nonetheless) I am well acquainted with the joys and challenges of being part of a tight-knit community of faith. As an Anabaptist Mennonite, I deeply understand the value (and risks) in the high priority of community.  This past Sunday, in my sermon, IContinue reading “The Courage to Go (Book Review)”

Reading Round Up

Black Widow by Leslie Gray Streeter I bought this book for myself months ago after listening to an interview with the author. I love memoir, and this was a beautiful read about loss, race, parenthood and identity. We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth by Jennifer Risher This is a thought provoking memoir/self-improvement book.Continue reading “Reading Round Up”

Book Review: Walking Each Other Home

I grew up in a pastor’s family. From the beginning of their marriage my parents were in ministry together, and as I grew up, my mom continued to embrace her own sense of call and giftedness.  Perhaps then it’s unsurprising that I, too, now find myself in ministry; embracing my calling and gifts as myContinue reading “Book Review: Walking Each Other Home”