Tag: God

  • A Woman of Bleak Faith

    A Woman of Bleak Faith

      Shortly after Mama died, I abandoned my position as a "Christian Blogger." Now I mostly refer to myself as a woman of bleak faith. I didn't leave my position as a Christian writer because I was angry at God. I wasn't. Mama's dying silenced[..]
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  • The Stuff of Life

    The Stuff of Life

    Things have been busy around these parts, what with a wedding approaching in two weeks, Spring Break this week, sick kiddos last week, and finally buying a new (to us) rig more suitable to this region. The stuff of life. Car shopping is such a[..]
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  • Family Matters

    Family Matters

    Fittingly, tributes have poured in from around the world for President George H.W. Bush, who is being laid to rest this week, following a long and by all accounts, a joyous life. I, like so many, was moved to tears by the remarks George W.[..]
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  • The Source of All Goodness

    The Source of All Goodness

    As I read the translation of the Hebrew prayer to that in English during last week's Shabbat services (the first I've ever attended), I was struck by a particular description of Creator God: The Source of all Goodness.  During my recent trip to West Virginia,[..]
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  • All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    He sat in the booth directly across from us, eating his dinner. Behind him four big-screen televisions were tuned to ball games. The waitress brought our waters, took our orders. He thought the man with the beard was my boyfriend, not my son. I didn't[..]
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  • Writing My Way Through Fears

    Writing My Way Through Fears

      For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
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  • Blurring the lines: Anne Perry’s Murderous Tendencies

    Blurring the lines: Anne Perry’s Murderous Tendencies

        [caption id="attachment_4054" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Pauline & Juliet (r)[/caption] Given a choice between a documentary and a chick flick, I will choose the documentary most everytime. Even as an earlier reader, I was drawn more to biographies and memoirs than to Harlequin. That was[..]
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  • The Problem with Evil

    The Problem with Evil

    The problem with evil is that it absolves good people of responsibility. Decrying society's ills as the result of "evil" in the world renders us helpless. What power does a good person truly hold in the face of "evil"? We can pray. But that's about[..]
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  • Just One of the Dreamers

    Just One of the Dreamers

    [caption id="attachment_3813" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Photo by Julie Juris Utterback[/caption] A black woman preached in the church I'm attending. Her message stirred me to thinking, as it did many others. It wasn't that her message was that different from a hundred others I've heard over my[..]
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