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Q+A: Why Letting the Dishes Go Can Save Your Soul


Jul 28 2016
In her latest book, Shauna Niequist trades “competition, comparison, and exhaustion for meaning, connection, and unconditional love."
Q+A: Why Letting the Dishes Go Can Save Your Soul
Sarah Carter

Almost ten years ago, Shauna Niequist published Cold Tangerines, a tender, transparent book about “the extraordinary moments hidden in our everyday lives.” In her latest book, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living ...

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After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?


Jul 26 2016
I equip my daughters to protect themselves and their bodies in ways I didn’t learn to.
After Childhood Abuse, How Can I Trust Others with My Kids?
Todd Morris / Flickr

My first day watching porn was also my last. I was nine when an adult neighbor took me to a house where several of her friends were gathered. The men and women came knowing the agenda—to watch hours of pornographic videos. I was placed on a man’s lap, and the tapes ...

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The 5 Truths Stay-at-Home and Working Moms Can Agree On


Jul 22 2016
After interviewing 120 women, I saw glimmers of a truce in the Mommy Wars.
The 5 Truths Stay-at-Home and Working Moms Can Agree On
SpeedKingz / Shutterstock

It was the first of ten small group conversations I hosted as research for my book. Within the first hour, over finger foods and wine served in a lovely home in north Austin, there were tears.

One of the women, Chelsea, had landed a prestigious job working for a state senator. ...

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?


Jul 20 2016
How technology-driven "hyperreality" hijacks our attention and makes us numb to real-life dangers.
Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?
Raul Gonzalez / Flickr

Not long ago, my community lost a beloved young member because of his repeated trespassing onto a dangerous train trestle to take selfies. He posted them with the hashtag #liveauthentic. His last time there, he died while trying to outrun the train. (People take such extraordinary ...

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Let's Be Honest: Labor Is Trauma


Jul 13 2016
As a doula and a mother, I know from experience that labor requires intense suffering.
Let's Be Honest: Labor Is Trauma
Raphael Goetter / Flickr

By now, many of you have seen the photo floating around Facebook. In the foreground, a beaming dad relaxes on a hospital bed, holding a capped, burrito-wrapped baby and giving the camera a thumbs-up as he snaps a selfie. Shirtless, her back to the camera, the newly delivered ...

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How to Date When You’re Almost Middle-Aged


Jul 11 2016
As I close in on 40, I’m learning how to live without marriage (even as I desire it).
How to Date When You’re Almost Middle-Aged
x1klima / Flickr

The older you get, the weirder your prospects for marriage become. At least that’s what a then-single cousin once told me. Those weren’t her exact words, of course, but the gist of what she said was that our odd quirks and habits become more prominent as time passes, ...

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Quit Calling Them 'Chick Flicks'


Jul 8 2016
With the female-fronted 'Ghostbusters,' it's time to celebrate women in movies.
Quit Calling Them 'Chick Flicks'
Columbia Pictures / Ghostbusters

When the first trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie came out, I pulled it up on YouTube and was excited to see women—of varied body types!—engaged as the heroes of the story. I chuckled a few times while watching it, thinking it looked like a typical summer blockbuster. ...

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Why Complementarian Men Need Complementarian Women


Jun 25 2016
In the midst of our civil war on the Trinity, we need to put down our arms and remember that men and women are in this together.
Why Complementarian Men Need Complementarian Women
Ales Utovko / Istock

Being outnumbered by men has always been part of my life. I was raised in a family of brothers. I’m the mother to three sons. I’m also the only female editor at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), so I’m all too familiar with what it’s ...

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Don’t Call Me Out at Your Wedding for Being Single


Jun 24 2016
The church can model a more inclusive community, one that doesn’t divide over marital status.
Don’t Call Me Out at Your Wedding for Being Single
tibbygirl / Flickr

Here’s a new wedding tradition I recently heard about: Instead of tossing their bouquets, Christian brides give each single woman at their reception a flower from the bunch and pray individually for them to find a husband.

Compared to the ritual of competing to catch the ...

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Timehop Helps Me See God’s Providence


Jun 20 2016
How a social media app reminds me of God’s faithfulness in my life.
Timehop Helps Me See God’s Providence
Nate and Tilly Ritter / Flickr

It’s six a.m. and my smartphone is dotted with notifications. Like eager tour guides lined up in an airport arrivals hall, social media would like to usher me down memory lane. Facebook reminds me of “memories,” Google photos invites me to “rediscover ...

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