“You’re going to love this one.” She said it every time she gave me a book. The first time I met Judy, we argued theology. She taught me about mothering—by example. She was there for my first home birth, encouraging me with every breath I took. Birthdays, holidays, and more births---our friendship grew. Judy introduced me to R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner. But of all the wonderful memories I have of her, my favorite is the day she brought ... Read More about When Do I Love Sermons Disguised As Novels?
“I’d like prayer for my relationship with my mother-in-law.” I shot a glance at the woman who’d asked and fought the churning in my stomach. Five… four… three… I doubt I made it past three before the first outburst came. I can’t remember any specific comments, but I recall the turmoil I felt when I heard the snide, ugly tones of the others as they vilified their mothers-in-law. Not even the oldest woman there--who was a mother-in-law ... Read More about Redefining the Dreaded Mother-in-Law Stereotype
As a mother of seven daughters, we’ve had a discussion or two about purity in our house. However, when I tried to think of a specific conversation, I couldn’t at first. Then I realized why. I almost never use the word “purity”. It’s a good word—solid and true. But there’s an ugly side of the purity coin: self-righteousness. And while I don’t think it was a conscious decision, I wanted to avoid that. We all have it. Self-righteousness is ... Read More about Four Truths I Want My Daughters to Know About Purity
My favorite emails are the ones from my readers. They usually start out like this: “I’ve never written a personal note to an author before, but I just had to tell you how much your books have meant to me. I just finished one and I’m still processing the lessons I’ve gleaned from it.” Inevitably, the next question comes. “How do you decide what lessons you want your readers to take from your books?” In writer-speak, this translates to, “How do ... Read More about Learning from my novel’s characters