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The Glamorous Life of the Pregnant Teenager


Jul 30 2010
Do pop culture's portrayals of teen pregnancy harm young women?

When fast-fashion chain Forever 21 announced this month that they were rolling out a maternity line in five states—three of which have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country—they were accused of what has become a common charge: glamorizing ...

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News Flash: Dads Are Nurturing


Jul 28 2010
More fathers want an active role in caring for their children. Will U.S. employers be able to adjust?

Boston College's Center for Work and Family released a study last month that tracked changes in the way American fathers view themselves and their roles at home and work. The study looked at married, educated, and employed first-time fathers of children between ...

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Parenting Imperfecta


Jul 26 2010
Every mom has limitations. Mine are just easy to see.

"World's Smallest Mother Risks Life for More Babies" blared the headline. Stacey Herald, whose 2-foot 4-inch stature qualifies her for the "smallest mom" superlative, recently gave birth to her third child. Despite significant health risks associated with pregnancy, ...

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Grieving a Miscarriage


Jul 23 2010
An excerpt from Shauna Niequist's new book, 'Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way'.

Today all I can think about is what might have been. It's a Saturday, bitter cold and bright, harsh, splintering. We're doing normal Saturday things, and since we recently moved into our new house, "normal" includes unpacking the remaining boxes, assembling furniture, ...

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Why I Can't Boycott Mel Gibson


Jul 22 2010
And it's not because he is "too talented," as 'Salon' wrote last week.

From Arizona's controversial immigration law to Mel Gibson's recorded rants, I've heard a lot about boycotts lately—and I can't get over who's encouraging them. For me, boycotts conjure up my childhood, when trips to K-mart were rare because of dubious dealings, ...

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How Many Kids Should We Have?


Jul 19 2010
To answer the question, Christian couples need more than a few select Bible verses.

"One and Done," Lauren Sandler's Time cover story this week, offers a series of reasons why many parents in the West are choosing to have only one child. First, the economic strain: "The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the average child in the U.S. ...

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Multitasking: Bad for the Soul


Jul 16 2010
Sure, I was getting a lot done as a mother of four. But I was having a hard time obeying God.

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"You're busy," people would remark, eyeing me with my children. I never knew whether the comment was tinged with pity or admiration.

Yes, I was busy. But, more significantly, I was evolving into a different person. No longer the dreamy, walk-taking, tea-drinking, ...

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You're Never 'Ready' to Parent


Jul 14 2010
Entering the inconvenience of parenthood is indeed stressful—and full of grace.

In The Washington Post last week, Gillian E. St. Lawrence wrote about her and her husband's decision to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) and have the resulting embryos frozen for later use, essentially donating their embryos to themselves. The Washington, ...

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Following Christ at a Porn Convention


Jul 14 2010

Editors' Note: This post has been removed at the request of the author.

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Church Volunteers: An Oxymoron


Jul 13 2010
Why I've stopped using the word 'volunteer' to describe those who serve.

If you've even spent time at a local branch of the Red Cross, tutored a child at a local elementary school, pounded nails at a Habitat For Humanity build, or picked up trash at a local nature preserve, you've probably done so as a volunteer. According to the most ...

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'Eat, Pray, Love' Book Club


Jul 9 2010
Join us August 12 for Her.meneutics' first book discussion.

tDate>I have been attending a book club in recent months, even though it makes me feel a bit like a soccer mom who will do anything (including reading books I don't want to read) to socialize over ideas and good food.

Like some of you, I have a growing stack of ...

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The Top 10 of 2010—So Far


Jul 8 2010
The widest-read Her.meneutics posts of the year.

Thank you to Her.meneutics' faithful readers and stumble-upon visitors for making 2010 an excellent year thus far. We editors have seen a noticeable uptick in the number of visitors to the blog, and readers' comments are overwhelmingly deep-thinking, courteous, ...

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Stalked by a Priest


Jul 7 2010
Donna Freitas's 'This Gorgeous Game', about a priest obsessed with a teenage girl, is a work of deep empathy and disturbing believability.

This Gorgeous Game (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), Donna Freitas's new work of young adult fiction, is a first-person narrative of being stalked. Most stories that have emerged from the Catholic Church's abuse scandal detail the horrors of pedophilia and assault. ...

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The 'D Word' at U.S. Christian Colleges


Jul 6 2010
At my Christian university, we are working toward reconciliation across ethnic and racial lines. We have a ways to go.

When Carmille Akande, a dean at Cedarville University, and I stepped into the Duke Gardens for the opening reception of Duke Divinity School's Summer Institute—a project of Duke's Center for Reconciliation—we sensed we were on holy ground. Our gratitude, ...

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Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, and Jesus


Jul 2 2010
In 'Unsqueezed', Margot Starbuck explores what shopping and eating to the glory of God looks like.

Christian women aren't supposed to have body image issues. Have you ever thought that? Perhaps quietly, to yourself, while looking in the mirror before walking out the door to church. In her new book, Unsqueezed: Springing Free From Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights, ...

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