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I’m Kimmy Schmidt, Minus the ‘Unbreakable’
Eric Liebowitz / Netflix

I’m Kimmy Schmidt, Minus the ‘Unbreakable’


Mar 26 2015
A cult survivor explains what a new sitcom gets right—and wrong—about life on the outside.

When a friend told me about a new Netflix show that followed the life of a fictional ex-cult member, I felt uneasy. I’d already lived through a cult experience in real life, and then re-lived it by writing my book, Girl at The End of the World. Surviving that stuff ...

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To the Ends of the Earth: Loving Vanuatu After Cyclone Pam


Mar 24 2015
How God uses international ties to grow our compassion.
To the Ends of the Earth: Loving Vanuatu After Cyclone Pam
Phillip Capper / Flickr

When Jesus exhorted his disciples to go to “the ends of the earth,” he may very well have been referring to Vanuatu, the South Pacific island chain that was recently struck by a massive cyclone.

More than 1,000 miles east of Australia and 750 miles west of Fiji, ...

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Remembering Kara Tippetts and Her ‘Mundane Faithfulness’


Mar 22 2015
Christian mom and blogger saw God in her suffering.
Remembering Kara Tippetts and Her ‘Mundane Faithfulness’
Jen Lints Photography

“The worst possible thing you can do when you’re down in the dumps, tweaking, vaporous with victimized self-righteousness, or bored, is to take a walk with dying friends. They will ruin everything for you.”

So begins Anne Lamott’s latest offering, ...

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Ashley Judd and Sexism on the Sidelines


Mar 20 2015
The frustrations of female sports fans.
Ashley Judd and Sexism on the Sidelines
James Crisp / AP

With the start of March Madness, I’ve already surprised co-workers and new friends with the news that yes, I did fill out a bracket and no, I didn’t guess winners at random or pick based on jersey color.

With men twice as likely to follow March Madness as women, ...

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On These Tamales, I Will Build My Church


Mar 19 2015
Celebrating the gifts Christian women bring to the table.
On These Tamales, I Will Build My Church
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As a Christian Latina, I have watched the women around me figuratively and literally help build the church. Like in many cultures, women often take on the responsibilities for cooking and feeding their families…and the church. Throughout the generations, women have ...

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Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life


Mar 18 2015
Why we find comfort in blessed repetition.
Knit Your Way to a More Prayerful Life
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When I first learned to knit, at age 10 or so, knitting was for old ladies; my Girl Scout troop tittered when I mentioned knitting as one of my hobbies. Today, people cast approving looks my way when I pull out my knitting, exclaim that they’ve always wanted to learn, ...

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Build Families Not Baby Boxes


Mar 17 2015
Adoption is far more complicated than a drop-off.
Build Families Not Baby Boxes
David Kim / The Drop Box

Recently, the most important discussions I’ve had about adoption occurred in my Mazda. For my eldest son, being adopted and Vietnamese looms large in his quest to discover himself; and in the past week, our drives have included discussions about his birth mother and ...

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