The Best of Her.meneutics 2012: Writers' Choice
We already know, based on last week's top 10 list, what Her.meneutics articles got the most pageviews. Now we find out which posts stood out among our own writers.
Bowing Down to Your Birthing Ball? Dismantling the Idol of the Perfect Birth, by Gloria Furman, guest writer (July 30)
Sharon Hodde Miller: "This year I became pregnant and was introduced to the crazy culture of American motherhood. The learning curve is steep, the opinions dogmatic. As I prepared to give birth and become a mother, I often found myself tempted to exert control over every detail I could, which only produced greater anxiety in me. Fortunately, Furman's piece corrected my perspective and re-centered it on God."
Bullied News Anchors and Our Fear of Fat, by Lisa Ann Cockrel (October 8)
Rachel Marie Stone: "Even Christian books on health and diet miss the important fact that, as Cockrel writes, 'Health is an equation, full of variables, many of which we can't see or don't understand.' Her post reminds us that the fear of fat is often an irrational one that impedes us in loving and accepting our neighbors—and sometimes ourselves."
Love Your Neighbor. Get Your Vaccines, by Rachel Marie Stone (August 20)
Courtney Reissig: "I have long wondered how to think clearly about these issues but have lacked a clear understanding of how this all relates to our responsibility as Christians. As an experienced mom, Rachel brings up important points to consider and gives this soon-to-be mom a helpful framework for thinking through the vaccine issue."
Sooo Grateful for My Awesome Hubbie and Life! by Lesley Sebek Miller, guest writer (October 18)
Alicia Cohn: "There were so many good posts this year, it's hard to pick a favorite, but this one by Miller is one I still think about often. It's easy to use social media to glorify the good and gloss over the difficult, and I appreciated the reminder to avoid creating a digital image of our 'awesome' life that fails to glorify God or encourage others. I also like that the post included a check-list of our 'responsibilities as Christian online content creators.' "
Gaining the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls, by Amy Simpson (September 14)
Halee Gray Scott: "Whether it's an iPhone, iPad, or laptop, we're connected everywhere, to everyone, all the time. It's an easy and convenient way to work and socialize, but it's also easy to forget what real relationships are. Amy's article is a good conversation starter about the ramifications of the Internet for our relationships and spiritual life."