Blameless (a book review)

Blameless (a book review)

Where do you suppose shame comes from? I posed this question to a women’s Bible class recently, and one young woman replied, “From Adam and Eve.” From two leaf-clad sinners, trembling with shame in the bushes because they’d just distrusted the most loving Person in their life…and all for a bite of fruit. (Oh, tragedy:…

Culture in Crisis

Culture in Crisis

In August 2014, Thomas Umstattd, Jr. published his blog post, “Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed.” It sparked a firestorm, racking up more than 1,500 comments, provoking numerous rebuttals from other bloggers, and inspiring a Kickstarter campaign that led (just one year later) to a book entitled Courtship in Crisis: The Case for Traditional Dating. I…

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet

Yesterday, I sat in a dentist’s waiting room, while the clock ticked two hours past my appointment time. It was packed: at least a dozen people sat waiting, watching TV with Hebrew subtitles, while the dentist punctuated the subdued murmur with repeated cries for his very busy secretary, and I tried not to watch the…

Mended

Mended

Angie Smith didn’t set out to become a writer. Her blog, Bring the Rain, was begun as a way to keep family and friends up-to-date with the arrival of her fourth daughter, who was diagnosed as “incompatible with life.” Audrey Caroline lived a lifetime of just a few hours, but her mama kept right on…

The Silence of God

The Silence of God

Does God speak to us in modern times? Some Christians say yes; some say no. Some feel that He guides us indirectly through the Bible, counsel from wise people, a feeling of peace in our hearts, plus our circumstances and our God-given common sense. Since I graduated from homeschool, my life verse has been Proverbs…

A Lifelong Love of Learning

A Lifelong Love of Learning

Recently, I was chatting with an Armenian-American friend about the foods I enjoy in Israel. When she heard I’m a fan of tabouleh salad, she invited me to her home to eat some. And there I learned the lesson any down-home American cook knows. Just as every woman’s potato salad or apple pie is just…

Loving Every Age

Loving Every Age

As a child, I looked ahead to certain ages. Ten was special: double digits at last! Thirteen would make me a teenager. Sixteen would be sweet, seventeen even more delightful, and eighteen: downright grown-up. Remember Susan in the Narnia books? “She was always a jolly sight too keen on being grown-up.” “Grown-up indeed,” said the…

Cure for the Common Crush

Cure for the Common Crush

How many different emotions do you have every day? Dozens, scores, maybe even hundreds? Let’s just say that if the average woman was an air-traffic controller and her emotions were incoming planes, she’d have a full-time job telling them where (and where not) to land. Some of the most persistent and challenging of all my…