Ask the Matriarch: A Church Visitor at a Small Church

I’m a member of the RevGalBlogPals, an online community that supports clergywoman. Because I’ve been in ministry for more than a decade (more than two decades, shhh) I bear the esteemed title of “matriarch.” Which I wear with pride! Today’s feature was an advice column that asked an interesting question about a church visitor. Any member or leader of a small church knows how exciting visitors can be! Click over to read the question and three answers. The answers vary tremendously. What would your response be? This one is tagged Leading the Small Church.

Review of RUINED at the Englewood Review of Books

So pleased to tell you that Englewood Review of Books reviewed my memoir. What a great first line: What I love most about this memoir is that it is a gift, primarily for her daughters, but by extension to other young women and ultimately Christian culture in general. You can read the whole thing here. Thanks ERB!

“Ruined” named a “2017 Book of the Year” by Christianity Today

Friends, I’m so happy to share this news! RUINED has been named a “2017 Book of the Year” by Christianity Today. Thank you to everyone who has read the book, or listened to it, and shared it with others. You are the ones who are making this book have an impact!

Audio Version of RUINED Available Dec. 6

I’m thrilled to announce that you can now listen to my book, as well as read it.

Do you have a long drive coming up? The alphabet game only gets you so far! Why not request my book from your local library?

The recording was done by a professional narrator, except for the Epilogue, which I wanted to read because it’s a letter to my daughters. The Epilogue is the last 14 minutes.

You can download at Audible, or buy it on CD, Audiobook, or MP3 at Two Words Publishing or other online retailers. The publisher has a nice collection of clips you can listen to if you’re trying to decide. Let me know what you think!

Rising from the Ruins: review by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

I especially cherish this review from Bearings, the magazine of Collegeville Institute. I wrote so many of the the most difficult pages of this memoir while at weeklong workshops during the summers of 2012 and 2013. I’m grateful to be part of that writing community.

when you feel kind of ruined — this one question can change everything

Today I have a guest blogpost over at Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience. I hope you’ll click over to read and share. There are lots of pretty pictures too!