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Womanhood & Motherhood

My Dirty Little Secret: I Never Wanted to be a Mother

What I’ll Yell at You When I see You at Target: A Letter to the Mamas

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

Losing Us and Finding Us as Lovers for The Mudroom

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

When Happily Ever After Isn’t Easy


Finding and Losing Home

A Grace that Shatters for Amber Haines

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

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

The Ache of All the Lives we do not Live


Writing & Reading

The Abundance Manifesto

How Rejection Was Really the Beginning of the Real Thing

Is Blogging Dead? An Open Letter to the Storytellers

Why Reading Fiction is Good for the Soul for The Well


Book Reviews & Cultural Commentary

Coming Clean and Evangelical Testimony, for Books & Culture

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

Church Planting in the Land of Desire for The Gospel Coalition

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



I’m writing my very own book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs (contracted by InterVarsity Press), at 5 o’clock each morning. Sign up for my newsletter to get a sneak peek!


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 book, grab a copy of my e-booklet, “10 Days to Chasing Beauty and Sustained Attention” when you subscribe.





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