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Review: 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid by Jonathan McKee

Smartphone use, a huge social experiment that some say is leading to disaster, needs to change.  We all need to learn to be ‘smarter than our smartphones.’  And while we parents are trying to learn this, we need to be teaching our teens as well.  That’s a tall order, especially since the devices are addicting. […]

Review: The Rainey List of Best Books for Children

Our family loves books.  By reading we learn about God, ourselves, and the world.  We learn wisdom:  how to live well in this world, and what ‘live’ and ‘well’ and ‘world’ mean.  We go places we could never go on our own and learn from other people’s hard work and hard-won experience.  And we have […]

Review: Embodied Hope by Kelly Kapic

Pain and suffering require good theology because often, during intense pain of any kind, the whole question of how God’s sovereignty and goodness relate becomes intensely personal.  Often Psalm 92:15—The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him—becomes a very difficult confession.  Is God really good?  Sometimes it’s an […]

Review: Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins

I wrote and scheduled this review a while ago.  Since then another one of my children has moved out.  Growing up and becoming independent are good and necessary things, but even under the most ideal circumstances they cause turmoil for us mothers.  And when are circumstances ever ideal in this broken world?  So I reread […]

Planting in Hope:  1480 Crocus Bulbs

For years, decades even, I’ve dreamed of a lawn covered with crocuses in the spring. It’s like painting with flowers, God’s colors and textures. This spring I mentioned my dream several times and my dear children caught the dream, too.  Together they gave me 1000 crocus bulbs.  Now that we are planting them, it turns […]

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