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Writing

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I write on everything from cultural commentary, book reviews, faith, and life in the suburbs. Take a look.

You can expect everything I write to lead you towards beauty, truth, and goodness.

 

Home, Place & Belonging

 

The Kingdom of God is Like a Sticky Movie Theater Floor and a Neighborhood Concert for Christ and Pop Culture

The Ministry of Spongy Wallpaper and Cramped Hospitality for author Jen Pollock Michel

Church Planting in the Land of Desire for The Gospel Coalition

Home isn’t about Performance, It’s about Belonging for (in)courage

A Grace that Shatters for author Amber Haines

 

Reading and Family Life

 

Why Reading Fiction is Good for the Soul for The Well

Rhythms of Gratitude in a Mass-Produced World for The Well

Don’t Worship at the Altar of Vulnerability for The Gospel Coalition

Why I’m Framing my Ph.D. Above the Changing Table for SheLoves Magazine

To All the Pastors’ Wives Whose Marriages are Slowly Falling Apart for The Mudroom

Making Marriage Beautiful By Choosing “I do” Again for author Dorothy Greco

 

Book Reviews & Cultural Commentary

 

Coming Clean and Evangelical Testimony, for Books & Culture

The Squatters Next Door: A History of American Shantytowns for Books & Culture

Mommy Guilt, Work, and The Role of Women: Review of Beaty’s A Woman’s Place at Englewood Review of Books

Let’s Not Forget about Joy: An Ode to the Chewbacca Lady for ThinkChristian

The Alluring Ease of Amazon’s Echo for ThinkChristian

 


Books

Before you know it, October 2018 will be here and so will my book: Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much (InterVarsity Press).

I can’t wait to share more with you about it — the cover! sneak peeks! giveaways! In the meantime, be sure to grab my FREE gift to you when you join my once-a-month newsletter.

 

 

My essay, “You Don’t have To Wear A Skirt to Follow Jesus” is included in CruPress’ book, Dating During the Apocalypse, and other conversations on God, sex, and life. Buy it here.

 

 

 

My essay, “I am a Desperate Woman,” is in the collective anthology from Redbud Writers Guild, Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives (Paraclete Press, May 2017). Buy it here.

 

 

As you’re waiting for my Finding Holy in the Suburbs, grab your FREE GUIDE: “3 Lies of the Suburbs and How to Break Free,” when you subscribe.

 

 

 

 

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