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Daddy Must Be So Selfish

“Daddy must be so selfish.” That’s what I thought as a 13-14 year old girl, watching how my mom served and “catered to” my dad. “Don’t shape the rolls like that. Daddy likes them flatter,” she’d say, and I’d punch down my nice fluffy bread rolls with a grumble in my heart. “No, don’t try […]

Let Me Be a Woman – Elisabeth Elliot

“When two people are living in love, they operate on the assumption that love is at the bottom of whatever treatment they get. This eliminates a lot of potential hurts…Love is not touchy. Love gives the benefit of the doubt.” –Elisabeth Elliot I just finished reading Mrs. Elliot’s Let Me Be a Woman. She had […]

The “Daily” of Sanctification

“To live the life of daily faith in the Son of God, and to be daily drawing out of His fullness the promised grace and strength which He has laid up for His people–this is the grand secret of progressive sanctification.” — J.C. Ryle I’m reading Holiness, by the Anglican J.C. Ryle. It’s an old book […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal for me. I didn’t mourn as Valentine’s Day came around each year and I still didn’t have a special someone; in fact, I scarcely noticed it–perhaps because my parents never really celebrated it. But this Valentine’s Day is oh-so-sweet, because two years ago I spent it walking […]

18 Compelling Quotes From The Warmth of Other Suns

The first book about history (other than single biographies) that I decided to read for my 2017 reading challenge was The Warmth of Other Suns. Isabel Wilkerson’s prizewinning tour de force, Other Suns recounts the African American migration from South to North during the first half of the twentieth century. As Ms. Wilkerson puts it, “Over the course […]

Looking at these photos really made me miss Honduras. Those last two of Lago de Yojoa I took through the window of a bus, on my way from Tegucigalpa all the way to San Pedro Sula. I don’t miss that particular big smelly bus, but rather the conversations in halting Spanish (I’d only been in Honduras […]

Challies’ 2017 Reading Challenge

Last year, while I did quite a bit of reading, most of my reading was online (articles about the Middle East, etc.). The best and most difficult book I read was Eric Metaxis’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I would love to be more focused in my reading this year. A friend of mine from NY, […]

When Free Books are Good Books

As the New Year begins, many of us (especially the bookworms!) are thinking about what we will be reading over the next months. And some of us are looking at a book budget of about $30. For the year, not the month. So here are some free ebooks! The following list of missionary biographies comes from […]

Showing Hospitality to Refugees

Statistics from Global Frontier Missions: Only about 1% of all refugees pass the application process and [are] allowed into places like the US. There are about 15 million refugees worldwide. The US settles between 30,000 to 70,000 refugees each year. 80% of all refugees living in the US have never been invited into an American […]

Being a Good Neighbor

As I’ve spent time thinking about how we as Christians can be like the Good Samaritan, who became a true neighbor to someone who was his enemy, I’ve often related it to the obvious picture of hurting refugees who have been resettled in our neighborhoods. But I think I’ve drawn the parallel too closely. I’ve […]