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what i’m reading: spring 2017

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  Happy Spring, everyone! Here in Texas, the bluebonnets are lining all the highways, and we are basking in or two weeks of perfect weather before the onslaught of endless heat hits us. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine made the mistake of asking me what I’m reading. I think I overwhelmed him a teensy bit with my twenty minute long answer. In my defense, I was given a gift card to…

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all the favorites: books & posts from 2016

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I really don’t know where this year has gone. I had high expectations for 2016 to be something special, because I was turning forty (why are new decades such a WEIRD THING, by the way??) and 2016 was the year Morgan and I would celebrate 15 years of marriage (which seems like a lot to everyone except the people who have been married for any number of years over sixteen). I was very “Audrey Hepburn…

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what i’m reading: all the pretty things and others

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I just finished Edie Wadsworth’s beautiful memoir All the Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way Home. It was a deep and vulnerable and hope-filled story, and I think you guys will love it. It’s about loving flawed people, forgiving the unforgivable, and finding grace and forgiveness for your own failures. I finished Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect a while ago, and the challenge it brought me…

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what i’m reading: summer reading lists for the whole family

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Even though it isn’t actually summer break yet, yesterday I took the kids to the library for the books we will use to kick off our summer break next week. We checked out about fifty books, everything from new novels to classic Newberry winners, books about China and Paris, picture books, and even some graphic novels. I let them pick whatever they want (although I do check for inappropriate content by looking up unfamiliar novels…

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what I’m reading: The Pastor’s Family book review

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When my husband became a Lead Pastor five years ago, we entered a new season of ministry. It is very different to lead and build a church than it was to do campus ministry, and the first couple of years made one thing very clear: the learning curve was a beast. Our church, Mosaic Church Austin, has had three different names and three different Senior/Lead Pastors. It has not always been a bastion of healthy…

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