Apr 22, 2013

Books on Family: Not so Fast by Ann Kroeker, week four

The morning has been a flurry of packing bags, counting underwear, finding missing shoes, choosing snacks, trying to pick up the living room, and reviewing the list of things-that-must-be-done-before-we-go. My husband and I bark orders and rush about so we can get into the car and head to our much-anticipated...Read more +
Apr 15, 2013

Books on Family: Not So Fast by Ann Kroeker, week three

When I first read Ann Kroeker’s book, Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families , I was single. It seemed counterintuitive to read the book, given the subtitle. But I had just met Ann and our fast-forming friendship led me to believe there would be gems for even the...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

The Hallowed Corners of Life

There are temples all over this place. The dining room table, the kitchen sink, underneath the pear tree, the halls I walk at the hospital where I work…no tall arches or stained glass, no austere organ music or deep mahogany. Just these hands, this body, these people I weave in...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

Books on Family: Not so Fast by Ann Kroeker

On Maundy Thursday our son is scheduled for surgery—nothing too serious, but rather intricate and we will be at the hospital all day. That morning I read the account of the garden at Gethsemane from Matthew. Here, Jesus tells his disciples, “Stay here and keep watch with me.” After we...Read more +
Mar 26, 2013

Imitating Christ’s Humility

Philippians 2:5-11
The days gradually take on more light and the birds begin their slow return. Just this morning I saw a flock of hundreds silhouetted against the burning sky—flying over the freeway. I craned my neck in wonder and let myself get lost in their soar. Where have you been? What...Read more +
Mar 4, 2013

Books on Faith: Follow Me by David Platt

My friend Sarah has been baptized three times. The first time she was an infant, wrapped in folds of white lace. But Sarah’s family did not attend church regularly when she was a child, and so—when she started dating a nice Christian boy in high school—she made another public profession...Read more +
Feb 4, 2013

Books on Work: An Introduction to Every Good Endeavor

In the foreword to Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work , Katherine Leary Alsdorf shares the story of how she became acquainted with Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, through an invitation to attend from a colleague. When she found herself committing to a life of faith, Alsdorf—a...Read more +
Jan 7, 2013

Books on Culture: Booked by Karen Swallow Prior

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book with you, which one would you choose? (Okay, so maybe we know what the One Book would be, but what if you could only have two?) I’m thinking about my desert island library as I read...Read more +
Jan 4, 2013

Books: Chasing Superwoman

Early this year when the Pentagon’s highest ranking female resigned to spend more time with her children, eyebrows raised. Michèle A. Flournoy, former Defense Undersecretary for Policy, is married to a high-ranking naval officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The couple has three children, ages 14, 12 and 9...Read more +
Jan 3, 2013

House of Bread

I am three years old, and I am hungry. I sit in a honey-colored wooden chair and press the small of my back up against its hard slats. My two brothers, my sister, and I are in the kitchen…waiting. There is a crusty loaf of homemade bread on the counter,...Read more +