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”

Book(ish Odds and) Ends

If you’re not much for rom-coms or beach reads, or you need a different kind of book to break you out of a reading slump, here are some other fiction titles that I have really enjoyed and recommend frequently over the past few months.  I am indebted to my reader friend and book club convenerContinue reading “Book(ish Odds and) Ends”

Book Review: Audio Books

This year, I have tried two new things in my reading life. First, I overcame my resistance to learning new technology and downloaded the Storygraph app.  While I was perfectly content with my paper-and-pen-book journal for logging what I had read, I have to say the graphed data this provides is pretty interesting. And, I’veContinue reading “Book Review: Audio Books”

Summer Reading Suggestions

In the first half of 2022, I’ve had surgery, received a cancer diagnosis, started a new job and taken a summer job. (It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything is fine.)  Rhythm. Balance. Juggle. Pick your metaphor– the only constant has been chaotic uncertainty, which has been a boon for my reading life (as reading is myContinue reading “Summer Reading Suggestions”

Book Review: Practicing the Monastic Disciplines

This time two years ago, my friend Gwen Lantz and I were putting into action a dream we shared. We put pen to paper (and fingers to keyboard) and drafted our first series at Some Comfort and Joy, a devotional blog that offers reflections and spiritual practices connected to the rhythms of the liturgical yearContinue reading “Book Review: Practicing the Monastic Disciplines”

“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”

Reading Roundup: Thrillers

The other week some of my friends from college were vacationing nearby and inquired about getting together. Between the pandemic and moving, my hostess skills are a bit rusty (and it wasn’t great that our dishwasher was broken that night. Why did I serve something that required bowls and plates for dinner?!), but we hadContinue reading “Reading Roundup: Thrillers”

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”

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”