This is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood

This is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood

Guest blog post by Hannah Shanks, author of This is My Body: Embracing the Messiness of Faith and Motherhood.  She writes about the intersections of faith, church history, social justice and personal experience at hannaheshanks.com. It was 3am. I was 3 days postpartum, awake, and alone. My 

Nurturing Your Creativity Is The Key To Helping Heal Your Trauma and Live a Joyful Life

Nurturing Your Creativity Is The Key To Helping Heal Your Trauma and Live a Joyful Life

Guest post by Dr. Julia W. Burns, author and psychiatrist. Learn more about Julia’s work at juliaburns.org. After resigning from my job as medical director of a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children, I began making art. Listening to the children’s stories of abuse 

Unplug for Good Friday’s Sake: A Time to Quiet the Noise

Unplug for Good Friday’s Sake: A Time to Quiet the Noise

Lent 2018 officially ends with Maundy Thursday, when we remember Jesus’s last meal with his friends.   You may remember that I pledged to keep “Tech Shabbats,” this Lent, a 24-hour periodin which I’d put away my smartphone. Guess how that went? It’s hard to 

Interfaith Amateurs: Lessons from Our Young Christian-Hindu Marriage

Interfaith Amateurs: Lessons from Our Young Christian-Hindu Marriage

It’s been four-and-a-half years since I published Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk with Upper Room Books. Spoiler Alert! The Christian Minister (me) and the Hindu monk (Fred) are still married (eight years this July), and our 

The One Without Smartphones: Why The TV Show “Friends” is the New Church

The One Without Smartphones: Why The TV Show “Friends” is the New Church

My Wake Tech Community College students are obsessed with Friends. Not their real-life buddies, but the sitcom, whose 236 episodes dominated American TV from 1994 to 2004. Though Friends displays the kind of homogeneity younger millennials and Generation Z rail against—it’s an all-white, heterosexual, middle-class, 

The Key to Curbing Your Smartphone Addiction in the Digital Age? Lenten Sabbaths

The Key to Curbing Your Smartphone Addiction in the Digital Age? Lenten Sabbaths

The February after Fred and I started dating in December 2008, I told him I was preparing for Lent. “Lint?” He asked. “Lent.” I said. “Lint? Like pocket lint?” I laughed. “Sort of … but L-E-N-T.” Lent and lint? They actually do have something in