A plain and joyful face: in which we meet Sheila Petre


Literature

Sheila J. Petre is one of my favorite Anabaptist writers. She has a delightful way with words, she’s human and fallible, and she’s shockingly funny. Sheila lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Michael and their seven children ages ten and under. In addition to nurturing these favorite people, she gardens, writes, laughs, hosts foreign exchange […]

December 14, 2017

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy giveaway result


Literature

Well, that was a long week. Some of you kept saying “Is it too late to enter?” and I thought Friday took its good old time coming… Thanks to everyone who joined the whimsical side of the giveaway! We have a winner! Congratulations to Betty Yoder, who will soon receive a free copy of Fragrant […]

December 1, 2017

Giveaway: Fragrant Whiffs of Joy


Literature

Update: As of 1:00 pm on December 1, 2017, this giveaway is closed. Confession: Sometimes I need to be reminded that it’s going to be okay. This is not the same thing as pretending it’s okay when it’s not, as I wrote in my last post – I mean I need to be reminded that it’s […]

November 24, 2017

Books worth reading


Literature

Confession: I haven’t posted book recommendations for a long while. I’ve been waiting for a theme to emerge, but instead of coalescing they seem to be diverging. I had better share a few titles now before we get any farther afield. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie […]

February 3, 2017

More tomorrow


Literature, Out and about

Here’s the rest of what I have to say. It’s short.

I once said that what government does cannot heal your world. (You didn’t take much notice of it because that was the day I also said what you eat cannot heal your world.) I said, “Please consider the gospel you preach. There is no cure for human suffering except the one found in the person of Jesus and His final redemption.”

September 15, 2016