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The Dark Side of Healthy Eating: Diagnosing 'Orthorexia' Eating Disorders


May 31 2012
Are "pure" diets really all that good for us?
The Dark Side of Healthy Eating: Diagnosing 'Orthorexia' Eating Disorders

When people find out that I write about food, they frequently assume that I'm either about to pronounce judgment on what they eat, or that I'm about to dispense dietary wisdom. In fact I'm a bit of a dietary antinomian.

This isn't to say that I don't harbor my ...

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'Your Marriage Is Doomed,' and Other Lies Told to Children of Divorce


May 30 2012
In her new book, MOMumental, Jennifer Grant gives adults courage and confidence in raising off-script families.

When my parents divorced when I was 32—already married for nearly a decade and with two children of my own—I remember thinking, Great. Now, I'm a statistic. My marriage is doomed.

I'm pretty sure any child of the 1970s or 1980s will understand my concern. ...

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Ann Voskamp, Tim Challies, Beth Moore: Dinner and a Defense of Earnestness


May 29 2012
Tim Challies calls Ann Voskamp's book "dangerous." She invites him for dinner. He apologizes. Beth Moore also wants an invite. We look at what it looks like to err on the side of earnestness.
Ann Voskamp, Tim Challies, Beth Moore: Dinner and a Defense of Earnestness

A month ago I sat in an auditorium at the Festival of Faith and Writing waiting to hear author Ann Voskamp speak about story and beauty. I sat among rows and rows of eager fan-ladies, all of us longing to hear the sound of her voice, hoping she would whisper secrets ...

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Why Facebook Removed Photos of a Baby


May 25 2012
The site's banning of photos of Heather Walker's dying infant reveals a culture terrified of death.

When Time's July 2010 cover featured a portrait of a disfigured 18-year-old Afghan woman whose nose and ears had been cut off by her Taliban husband, the magazine was awarded the World Press Photo organization's 2010 Photo of the Year.

When Heather Walker posted ...

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Banking on God Alone: Why I Won't Be Freezing My Eggs


May 24 2012
Confronting the barrenness of prolonged singleness amid an uncertain relational future.
Banking on God Alone: Why I Won't Be Freezing My Eggs

For most of my life, any reference to "barren women" has conjured the biblical figures of Sarah, Rachel and Hannah—women who were married but infertile, until God graciously intervened. But as more fertile years have passed without a husband, I've started ...

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Born This Way? The Moral Universe of 'Glee'


May 23 2012
Last night's season finale underscores how the show is just as preachy as 'Christian films.'
Born This Way? The Moral Universe of 'Glee'

Growing up, our weekly family movie nights always starred the same nimble-footed, velvety-voiced stars—Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney—and the musical genre danced its way straight into my heart. So it's no surprise ...

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How God Can Use Your Anxiety for Good


May 22 2012
Good news for the many women facing an anxiety disorder.

Change of any significance has always been hard for me. Every year growing up I dreaded the first day of school, far beyond what felt like the "normal" mourning that summer was over. Going away to college was physically wrenching—I spent the first week unable ...

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Ian and Larissa: A Story of Choosing the Hard, Good Road


May 21 2012
Ian's disability marks the young couple's marriage as different. Maybe they have something to teach us.
Ian and Larissa: A Story of Choosing the Hard, Good Road

They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old.

They did not imagine a car accident. ...

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For the Love of Pinterest? A Her.meneutics Hangout with Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Bessey, & More


May 18 2012
The bloggers join Her.meneutics regulars Laura Leonard, Rachel Marie Stone, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Christianity Today serves as a unique place for evangelicals of all stripes to convene, where thinkers from a variety of backgrounds can discuss and engage in ideas. We wanted to experiment with CT's "village green" format and extend the conversation using Google's ...

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When Our Sexual Stories Go Off the Christian Map


May 17 2012
Amy Frykholm's 'See Me Naked' tells the stories of nine Christians (including the author) struggling to reconcile their sexuality and their beliefs.
When Our Sexual Stories Go Off the Christian Map

"American Christianity promises a life lived happily ever after to anyone who waits for sex until marriage, marries a religious person, and raises children in the church … that this scenario describes fewer and fewer of us with each passing day is of little ...

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How to Smartly Engage with the Young Doubters in Your Midst


May 16 2012
Six ways to support those questioning the faith.

In high school, I entered a skeptic phase that eventually led me out of the doors of the church. My parents saw it coming. My dad started taking me out to breakfast at a local diner, the kind of spot cops go to after the night shift. We ordered omelets in a corner ...

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Time's Breast-Feeding Cover Adds Fuel to the Mommy Wars


May 15 2012
Why Christians, of all people, must call a truce and support moms—no matter their parenting style.
Time's Breast-Feeding Cover Adds Fuel to the Mommy Wars

When I saw the cover of the May 21 issue of Time, my instant reaction was "Eeew. That's just not right."

An odd reaction, for someone who has gone on the record in support of so-called "extended" nursing.

To parse my knee-jerk reaction, I started by reading what ...

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I'm Not Julia: Why Obama's American Woman Doesn't Speak for Me


May 14 2012
By the government's estimate, women are best when they live life alone. Not so fast.
I'm Not Julia: Why Obama's American Woman Doesn't Speak for Me

If you follow political news at all, by now you've probably heard of Julia, the character who made her debut recently on President Obama's campaign website. The "Life of Julia" page documents this fictional woman's life, from her entrance into the Head Start program ...

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Mourning with Those Who Mourn on Mother's Day


May 11 2012
How do you weep alongside the weeping woman while you have a happy, healthy baby bouncing on your hip?
Mourning with Those Who Mourn on Mother's Day

Like a lot of doting children, I loved Mother's Day growing up. The holiday usually involved eating out at a fancy restaurant (not the norm for our family), where we gave my mom carefully composed cards and handpicked gifts. Even into adulthood, Mother's Day never ...

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How Mother's Day Hype Can Ruin Your Mother's Day


May 10 2012
A good Mother's Day looks beyond a hefty salary or long hours.

Chocolate. Spa gift certificates. Flowers. Fruit baskets. These are some of the most popular Mother's Day gifts. It's easy to see why a conscious Dad and his loving children might want to spoil Mom. She does a lot.

In fact, according to the Tenth Annual Salary ...

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