The Celebrity Writer who Changed the WorldAn interview with Karen Swallow Prior about Hannah More's legacy as a writer, activist, and educator


Although I hadn't learned of Hannah More until you brought her to my attention, I now think of her as an abolitionist alongside William Wilberforce and others who helped stop the British slave trade. But your book covers much more than More's anti-slavery efforts. ...

The Problem with Quiet TimesAs a mother of three small children, when I stopped having disciplined set apart time with God, my faith grew.
The Problem with Quiet Times
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When I was in high school, I learned about this practice of many evangelical Christians called quiet times. Quiet times didn’t only involve an absence of distracting noise, but also a Bible and a journal and maybe a book about something spiritual. I read through the ...

Why I Wish Selma Had Won Best PictureEven without awards, this movie has the power to transform.
Why I Wish Selma Had Won Best Picture
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First, a brief overview in case you haven't seen it: Selma, a biopic directed by Ava Duverney, tells the story of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the historic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital. Duverney focuses on this short period of time as a ...

Does my Life as a Parent Count?On Ash Wednesday, finding freedom within the confinement of family life
Does my Life as a Parent Count?

He found his junior-high flame on Facebook. Growing claustrophobic with life as a father and husband and wanting the freedom of more space, he decided to walk away. Just like that. Familial responsibilities were simply too much, too confining. Too restrictive. Better to put ...

Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome: What Would You Choose?One woman's decision and what it teaches us.
Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome: What Would You Choose?

I received a call a few weeks ago from a mother of two who was pregnant with her third child. “I just had a prenatal screening test and they say there’s a 99% chance our baby has Down syndrome.” She had spent most of the previous few days crying.

I talked ...

What Google Searches Tell Us about SexAnd how understanding sex as gloriously ordinary might help make it better.
What Google Searches Tell Us about Sex

I had been married for a few years when an engaged friend asked me about sex. She wondered if I had any advice for her wedding night or beyond. I told her two things. One, that sex is more wonderful than our culture ever admits. Two, that sex isn’t nearly as dramatic ...

Winter Makes Neighbors out of PeopleA prodigal daughter of the Midwest learns to love God more through a long winter.
Winter Makes Neighbors out of People

As I mentioned in last week's post with Eleven Books to Help You Embrace the Snow, I have had a hard time enjoying the reality of living in the Northeast this winter. When I saw my friend Katherine's status update on Facebook about loving this winter, I reached out. ...

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