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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. […]

Worksheets Based on The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages

Sometimes a person gets involved in a project that just grows and grows.   While I was writing an article on Shaunti Feldhahn’s The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages and simultaneously trying to understand how to help a friend apply its wisdom to her marriage, it occurred to me that I needed to make a […]

Review: Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller

Everywhere you look, you see them:  people who are obsessed with themselves.  To be honest, we see such a person when we look in the mirror as well. We all are self-centered, at least to some degree, and our individualistic, on-display culture aggravates this natural tendency. But, as Rick Warren famously said, “It’s not about […]

Three Foundational Goals for 2018, and One More

In the wee hours of this morning, eating a banana in the dark while watching the moon, Jupiter, and Mars creep through the bare branches of our basswood tree, I thought of Psalm 8.  When David admired the night sky, probably while out with his sheep, he asked, “What is man that you are mindful […]

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 […]

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