Dear Church (A Book Review)

As part of my effort to educate myself so that I can be a useful ally in the anti-racist conversation, I bought several books. One of those books was a short love letter written by pastor Lenny Duncan to his denomination: the ELCA. I was, simply put, blown away by this book. While this book … Continue reading Dear Church (A Book Review)

There Is No Atheist Agenda

I'm sure I am not the only Christian who has grown up hearing nonChristians, particularly Atheists, otherized. Growing up in Evangelicalism, we were constantly quoting Psalm 14:1 to equate Atheism to foolishness. We were given caricatures of Atheists and told they were truthful representations of who Atheists were. And then we laughed about how someone … Continue reading There Is No Atheist Agenda

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (A Book Review)

I chose this book when it came out as a "Book of the Month" option. The concept intrigued me. I was a huge fan of the author's debut novel, One Day in December, so I bought it and expected good things. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver follows, as one might expect, … Continue reading The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (A Book Review)

Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper (A Book Review)

Okay. I just put this book down mere moments ago, and I am fully enveloped by the "book hangover" effect. This book felt personal to me. Having grown up in a cult-like family, myself, where I was taught from birth that we were part of a small faithful remnant. We had all of the answers … Continue reading Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper (A Book Review)

All You Need Is Love


“The knowledge that I had soaked up and parroted back to the choir told them that I was an approved child of God. I had found the key to life buried amongst my books and conference notes that I had diligently scribbled as I sought to expand my understanding of God and the gospel.

I was the picture of a saved and anointed woman.

Until the truth that I began to speak broke from what was permissible for us.”

The Power of Self-Compassion by Laurie Cameron (A Book Review)

I've been on a self-compassion kick lately. It started a few month ago when I happened to stumble across a workbook at a bookstore. The workbook was called, "The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook" by Kristin Neff, PhD & Christopher Germer, PhD. The workbook introduced me to a whole new way of speaking to myself and understanding … Continue reading The Power of Self-Compassion by Laurie Cameron (A Book Review)

Does God Really Love Me?

I was asked recently how I think God views me. Does he judge me? Does he love me? Does he accept me? And I broke into tears as I took this question in and really tried to examine it. Intellectually, yes. I believe that I am deeply loved by the God of the universe. I … Continue reading Does God Really Love Me?

The Getaway by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (A Book Review)

I chose this one because I'd been doing a ton of heavy reading lately, and I needed something to just relax my brain. And what is more relaxing than a thriller, right? I know it must say something about my psyche that this is the sort of book that relaxes me. Oh well. The Getaway … Continue reading The Getaway by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (A Book Review)

Wolves Walk Among Us

When I was a very little girl of about 6, someone in my family began to exhibit the first warning signs of what would later turn into severe mental illness. My family was made up of good evangelicals who trusted our pastor to point us in the right direction. However, this pastor made a very … Continue reading Wolves Walk Among Us