Jean Ann Williams: Christmas After A Loved One’s Suicide (GIVEAWAY)

  My son, Joshua, died by suicide on March 16, 2004, and I will never be the same. Nor do I want that old person back. God has given me His strength as I journeyed through the most difficult time in my life. And, I’m not a novice to loss. I began losing important loved ones by the age of ten, with the mental illness of my mother, and the…

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Thankful for Perspective

I don’t know how to explain it, but I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach 2016 was going to be a long haul. Some things I knew were happening—a wedding in the same time frame as a graduation. A child’s genetic testing. Another child transitioning from high school to college. But, as the year unfolded, there were plenty of surprises. I felt a stirring I attribute to…

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Thank God for Memory by Patti Shene

THANK GOD FOR MEMORY Two deaths in the space of four months—first my mom in February, then my husband in June—labels 2016 a tough year in my history book. Death of a loved one is never easy, but to experience two losses in such a short period of time is like having the ambulance transporting you after a car wreck you just survived T-boned on the way to the hospital.…

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Book Club Launches Tuesday

When I was sent to the assistant principal’s office in middle school it wasn’t for mouthing off or fighting. Nope, I got in trouble for reading ahead. Story of my life. Reading remains my favorite relaxation. Although most of my time is invested in writing, I love sitting down with a good book. I long to talk to people about it. Starting Tuesday, I’m combining writing and reading by launching…

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Surprised by Tears by Teri Wangard

Surprised by Tears Five years have passed since my mom died. Her final years brought significant back pain from a narrowing of the spinal column, or something like that. We used to range far and wide on bicycles; she had to give up bike riding. She stopped driving. She couldn’t even go for a walk. To get anywhere required holding onto someone’s arm. Her life contracted to the house with…

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CD Review: Live On Forever by The Afters

THE AFTERS: LIVE ON FOREVER From Moses to Job to Jesus, the most intrepid heroes in scripture knew times of trouble that multiplied like a plague-—but always led, in the end, to mighty celebration. It’s easy to assume such stories of trial and triumph are for the Bible’s books or the history books. But miracles happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of…

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