Book Review & Giveaway: One by One by Gina Dalfonzo

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One by One offers constructive criticism to the church on how we approach singleness. It lends a hand to those of us who are not single and leads us to a place of camaraderie and unity. Dalfonzo explains, “Christian community, as found in a healthy church, encourages not only the growth of Christian character within each of us but also the growth of Christian love between us” (Dalfonzo, 193-194).

Find Purpose as a Writer and Start a Writers Group

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If you don’t know what you’re doing then neither does your reader. Joining a writers group just to eat MariaElena’s amazing batch of guacamole does not a writer make. Unless you’re inspired by guac. In which case, carry on.

An Invitation to Coffee and the Value in Shared Space

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I order the same brew from my local coffee shop on the daily. The only time I change it up is when my teenage daughter is with me and I want to impress her with

Book Review: All Day: A Year of Love & Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island by Liza Jessie Peterson

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Poets and educators are among the most underrated professionals of my time. I’ve seen firsthand what a poet educator can do for a group of teenagers eager to expand their conscious and their place as

Writer’s Burnout and the Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

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At the height of my burnout I emailed a dear writing colleague and confided in her, “I’m burnt out on Christianity. I don’t want to write anything that has to deal with faith anymore.”

When Poverty Doesn’t Look Like We Expected: A Call to Love

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People patiently waited along the wall of the church. Each would receive a box of food donated by the community. The well-dressed gentleman waited his turn. His boots shined and polished, glistened in the sun.

Book Review: At Home in Exile

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A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.  Mark 6:4 Sometimes we are foreign in our own faith and homeland. I’m currently reading At Home

Joy is Feeling Welcome No Matter Your Circumstance

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September, 2015 We walked along the track at our neighborhood high school – Harlandale High. Training for a half marathon comes with much dedication.* The evening was warm because a September in south Texas are