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Books I Finished In March–And A Life Update

I finished 8 books in March. I nearly finished two extra books by midnight March 31: The Handmaid’s Tale (the audio version narrated by Claire Danes, which is so fabulous) and Perfect Little World (decidedly less fabulous). But alas, it was not to be. They’ll be added to next month’s list! Healing Spiritual Wounds, Carol Howard Merritt.… Continue reading Books I Finished In March–And A Life Update

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Oh, The Traumatic Cross!

For the past few years, I have found solace in the rhythms of the Anglican church year. I adore Advent, which is like Lent, but fun. And by the time Lent itself comes around, I’m feeling ready to embrace the ashes and the ritual of fasting that mark the season. I’m not giving anything up… Continue reading Oh, The Traumatic Cross!

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Books I Finished in February–And Idol Worship

When I was a teenager, a woman at church told me that anything I didn’t consciously do for God was a sin. For example, I could save a child from drowning. But if I didn’t actively praise God while I did it, it was just another transgression. God gets what God wants, and God is hungry for… Continue reading Books I Finished in February–And Idol Worship

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Healing Spiritual Wounds Review: Chapters 2-4

Lots of helpful thoughts in these pages. Chapter 2: Finding Shalom Carol Howard Merritt’s main point in this chapter is that spiritual problems need spiritual solutions. This makes sense at face value, but becomes difficult to implement because it requires that people who have religious trauma engage with religion–in a new way, of course, and a… Continue reading Healing Spiritual Wounds Review: Chapters 2-4

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When Your Past Thinks Your Present Is Going To Hell

My mom, who goes to plays regularly, was telling me about one she just saw called “The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. She loved it, and told me that the plot centers around a pastor of a megachurch who stops believing in Hell. I immediately asked for the screenplay, because obviously this sounded amazing. And it… Continue reading When Your Past Thinks Your Present Is Going To Hell

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Healing Spiritual Wounds Review: Chapter 1 “A Tree Grows In My Bedroom”

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be reviewing a new book by Carol Howard Merritt titled Healing Spiritual Wounds *(published February 7). I’ll write something about every chapter, but each chapter might not get an individual post. I think this book will be helpful to me (the first chapter certainly was!), but I’m trying… Continue reading Healing Spiritual Wounds Review: Chapter 1 “A Tree Grows In My Bedroom”

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On Forgiving Church For Not Being God

I recently read Spiritual Direction, a compilation of Henri Nouwen’s writings, for a class I am taking on the topic. I have deliberately avoided reading anything by Nouwen, mostly because other people have gushed about his life and called his works “life changing”. When people start drinking the Life-Changing Kool-Aid, I usually run the other way… Continue reading On Forgiving Church For Not Being God