Book Review: Wilder’s “Farmer Boy”

We think of Laura Ingalls Wilder as a children's author, an historical autobiographer, a story-teller. We don't think of her as a leader in the self-sufficiency movement. And yet, wasn't she? Consider the advice Father gives Almanzo in the closing pages of Farmer Boy. [Being a wheelwright], you'd have an easy life, in some ways.… Continue reading Book Review: Wilder’s “Farmer Boy”

Book Review: Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods”

I remember the first time I read Little House in the Big Woods. I was maybe 8 years old, and I would curl up in the bright pink bean bag chair in the storage room of my family's espresso shop. My parents had bought me the Little House boxed set from a local lady who… Continue reading Book Review: Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods”

Book Review: Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect”

“Stop. Right now. Remake your life from the inside out.” (17) The line was advice a friend had given Shauna Niequist, advice she turns into an invitation, offered over and over throughout the pages of Present Over Perfect. And for my part, I accepted, again and again as I made my way slowly through the… Continue reading Book Review: Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect”

Book Review: DeYoung’s “Glittering Vices”

I first read about Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung's Glittering Vices on Scot McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed, about four years ago. Intrigued, I ordered a copy, which I promptly placed in a stack of books I was meaning to read. A couple false starts later, I began to make real progress through Glittering Vices about a year ago,… Continue reading Book Review: DeYoung’s “Glittering Vices”

Reading the Beatitudes in Context

  I started seminary this week. After years of  prayer and months of planning, I'm finally here, studying for online classes through Fuller Theological Seminary. I've dreamed about this for so long, at times it still doesn't feel real. How is it that I am so blessed? I'm taking two classes this fall -- Church… Continue reading Reading the Beatitudes in Context