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There are more words in the world than no and yes.

I recently finished reading an excellently dark novel called The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s a story about a Baptist family from Georgia whose father moves his wife and four young daughters to the Congo to fulfill his missionary duty to baptize Congolese children. In 1960. Just as Congo gains its independence and Lumbumba is killed and (thanks to some … Continue reading

Wired for struggle, Worthy of love.

This morning, my friend Heather recommended I watch this TED talk on the power of vulnerability. Please take 20 minutes – if not right now, then soon – and watch it. This puts words (and research I suppose) to my journey over the last 15 months. Of accepting and claiming the courage to be imperfect, … Continue reading

A Living Library

Not even a year ago I gave Henri Nouwen’s Turn My Mourning Into Dancing to my friend, Sara.  I had just finished the book on a plane ride to Baltimore and as Sara and I sat together catching up, it was overwhelmingly clear that I must leave it with her.  A couple weeks ago I … Continue reading

The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain is my newest, go to C.S. Lewis recommendation.  If you haven’t read it, you should. Pain is the question of how we reconcile a good, creator-God with our present experience of suffering.  It is a uniquely Judeo-Christian problem.  As always, C.S. Lewis is profound and direct: “to surrender a self-will inflamed … Continue reading

The Joy of Books.

Reasons I love this video: It’s beautiful, full of joy, and just plain fun to watch! I appreciate patience and attention to detail in an entirely deeper way. The “critically acclaimed” Whoopie Pie Cookbook is prominently featured.  (And I do love the whoopie pie!) It gives image, movement, and story to the tangible book in and … Continue reading

Severe Mercies

I just finished the only book I’ve ever read twice.  CS Lewis scoffs at men who don’t re-read good literature…yikes!  And coincidentally CS Lewis plays a key role in this story. Anyways, the book is called A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken.  In his own words, “this book is the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than … Continue reading

If you’re trying to find out what’s next…

“If you’re trying to find out what’s coming next, turn off everything you own that has an OFF switch and listen.” Listening. That’s what I’m doing this week. For what, I’m not sure. But I do know that right now my life is loud. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LOUD. So loud it hurts. And I’m terrible … Continue reading


I wish that starting right now I could pause time for 36 hours and just read.  I haven’t felt such a strong desire to read in a long time.  Here are the books on my list (in the order I plan to read them): Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer – Recommended by … Continue reading

Living a Better Story Seminar

Donald Miller, a favorite author of mine, is hosting a seminar in Portland at the end of September on living a better story.  Learn more about the seminar by going here: http://www.donmilleris.com/conference. Or by watching this video. To read my entry, in storybook form, download the PDF: Sam’s Storybook. Thanks for reading.  And Enjoy!

Who Am I?

You know that feeling of reading something that somehow reaches into the depths of how you feel – sometimes confirming what you knew was there all along and sometimes uncovering something you didn’t even know you felt?  It’s both an alarming sense in that someone who doesn’t know you writes with depth of conviction and … Continue reading

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