In my childhood home, the dining table, chairs tucked underneath, nestled up against a wall beneath a large Marimekko wall hanging in bright oranges, browns and reds. The table and chairs came out from the wall only when we entertained. Otherwise, we ate our meals in the kitchen at a counter-height table surrounded by swivelling Naugahyde stools. Stools from which my young legs always dangled and to which my skin stuck on hot days.Continue Reading
The garage door opened early Saturday morning, and the van disappeared down the driveway and around the bend. I was left to an empty house and the cavernous silence. Ryan was taking the children to Chicago for the week so I could work without interruption on a book proposal. By Sunday night, I was falling asleep with thoughts of The Shining: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”Continue Reading
Congratulations to Sarah Torna Roberts, whose essay was voted blog readers’ favorite in my guest series, Found Wanting.
I hope you’ll check out more of Sarah’s writing online. When you have the chance, pop over to her space, and leave some encouragement. You can’t imagine what that does for writers who linger long inside the hollow silence of their own minds.
And finally, congratulations to Megan Hill, for her bronze-medal finish with, “I want your blessing.” Megan writes frequently for Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics.
If you’ve been reading here over the past several months, you are familiar with the “Found Wanting” guest series that I began at the end of May and ended this week. If you haven’t read any of the essays, this is your chance!
I’m inviting you to reread essays and pick your favorite! You can either vote by emailing me (email@example.com) or by commenting on today’s post.
I’d love to give away some books today, both for commenters and those writers whose guest posts “win”!
I’ll chose the top three essays and send them a copy of, Teach Us to Want, as well as one of the three books pictured here: Mark Labberton’s, Called; Marlena Graves’s, A Beautiful Disaster; and Bonnie Gray’s, Finding Spiritual Whitespace.
I’ll also (randomly) choose 3 commenters to win a copy of Teach Us to Want. Just comment below, naming the essay you’ve chosen and say your reason for choosing it.
*Giveaway ends Monday, November 3rd at midnight (EST). Books will be mailed the following week.Continue Reading