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Our Church Plant Failed, but Maybe It’s a Good Thing

By Sandra |

Two years ago we moved across the country to plant a special-needs welcoming church. Next month we’re officially closing. It certainly didn’t go as we hoped, but maybe it’s a good thing. Two years ago we packed up a big truck in our small town in Pennsylvania and moved to the fastest growing suburb of … Read more

You can’t guarantee a life without disability

By Sandra |

A few months ago I got an email from a new grandmother. “What’s your opinion about vaccines causing autism?” I replied in my usual way—I’m not a doctor. I don’t give medical advice. If you think your child/grandchild has a weak immune system, talk to your pediatrician about your concerns … She emailed back. “But … Read more

Use Your Outrage at Iceland’s Down Syndrome Abortion Rate to Make a Difference for Families Like Mine

By Sandra |

I’ve seen the CBS News report shared all over social media the last couple of days. Many Christians are outraged at not only the point of the story (that Iceland has an almost 100% abortion rate, as I mentioned in my piece earlier in the month), but also how CBS worded the title: “Why Down … Read more

2017 Reading List

By Sandra |

Books Read in 2017 Red Rising by Pierce Brown Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche Dark Matter by Black Crouch My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes Golden Son by Pierce Brown Tools of Titans … Read more

2016 Reading List

By Sandra |

Books Read in 2016 (affiliate Amazon links included in post) Dear Sugar (selected chapters) Cheryl Strayed Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher Winter by Marissa Meyer The Magicians by Lev Grossman Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (didn’t finish) A Man Called Ove by … Read more

Books Read in 2015

By Sandra |

Books Read in 2015 (affiliate Amazon links included in post) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Start with Why by Simon Sinek The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo The Mysterious Benedict Society by Threnton Lee Stewart Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Scary Close by Donald Miller From … Read more

2014 Reading List

By Sandra |

2014 was apparently the year for fiction reading. My #1 book was easy to decide on and was one of the few non-fiction books I read this year. The rest of the list was harder. I liked so many books for different reasons. Here are my ten favorites, in no particular order after #1. A … Read more

2013 Reading List

By Sandra |

Read in 2013 (affiliate Amazon links included in post) God Is My Refuge by Kathy Howard Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg Divergent by Veronica Roth Insurgent by Veronica Roth The Way I … Read more

2012 Reading List

By Sandra |

Books I’ve Read:   7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker  The Writer’s Manifesto by Jeff Goins  The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller On Writing by Stephen King   The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies  Wordsmithy by … Read more

2011 Reading List

By Sandra |

Read in 2011: Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy  Wrestling with an Angel by Greg Lucas One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp Sue Patrick’s Workbox System: A User’s Guide  Sacred Influence  by Gary Thomas  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by … Read more

2010 Reading List

By Sandra |

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper  The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer (selected chapters) Smooth and Easy Days e-book from Simply Charlotte Mason (link to book) From Clutter to Clarity: Simplifying Life from the Inside Out by Nancy Twigg     A Praying Life by Paul A. Miller Disciplines of a … Read more

2009 Reading List

By Sandra |

Here’s a list of books I have read this year: Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley Spectacular Sins by John Piper The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule Twilight by Stephenie Meyer New Moon by Stephenie Meyer Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer The Host by Stephenie Meyer The Maker’s Diet by Rubin Faithful … Read more