Writing & Publishing

A year in review (of books): 2018

It's that time again. In no particular order, here are some of the best books I've read this year, broken down by category. Nonfiction Seeking Peace by Johann Christoph Arnold This book about seeking true peace and contentment that doesn't rely on circumstances is written from a Christian perspective, but still incorporates thoughts from different… Continue reading A year in review (of books): 2018

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Theology, Writing & Publishing

Grieving for Jewish relatives in an evangelical church

Josh took on the task of shopping for a new church during the summer I went back to Ohio to take care of Dad. One Sunday he sent me a text: This pastor is British and snarky. You’ll love this place! Well. How could I say no to that?
 When I returned to Colorado that… Continue reading Grieving for Jewish relatives in an evangelical church

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Living in a gefilte fish bowl

I’ve joked before that few things make me feel more Jewish than being in church. People chuckle, but it’s true. Having that background, even if it’s no longer my religion, makes me stand out. It's not like it's a big secret, but when people find out, suddenly I'm a spectacle. My Christian friends in Campus… Continue reading Living in a gefilte fish bowl

Theology, Writing & Publishing

From “too Jewish” to “too Christian”

On the first day of Sociology class my junior year of college, I arrived a few minutes early. Selecting a seat at the back of the auditorium, I quietly read my bible. Soon I was interrupted by a tap on my shoulder and a voice that chirped, “Whatcha readin’?” This intrusion by a complete stranger… Continue reading From “too Jewish” to “too Christian”

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Learning the language of Christian culture

When I was in seminary (a rather impulsive decision after college, thinking God was calling me to faith-based counseling), I joined an on-campus Bible study. I remember sitting on the floor of my friend Isabel’s living room, munching on frosted cookies and sipping lemonade, thinking that the dainty yellow plates and flowered napkins were an… Continue reading Learning the language of Christian culture

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

I often joke that it was a bad idea to publish a memoir at the age of 22 because the shiny, child-like faith I had back then is now frozen in time. I’ve evolved quite a bit since, but only those who know me personally are aware of that. My readers are not. If I… Continue reading Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

Social Issues, Theology, Writing & Publishing

It’s okay to change your mind

I'm no longer the same person I was when I wrote Confessions a Prodigal Daughter, yet it continues to be my best-selling book. There was a purpose for the journey I had made up until that point, and I'm grateful that it still speaks to people today. But back then, my belief system was as… Continue reading It’s okay to change your mind

Writing & Publishing

Behind the scenes of ‘Things You Can’t Un-see’

I had the privilege of being a guest on the Author Action podcast last week to talk about my most recent book, Things You Can't Un-see: an essay collection. Host Richard Keller asks about the inspiration behind the book, how it differs from my previous books, what the writing process was like, and what projects… Continue reading Behind the scenes of ‘Things You Can’t Un-see’

Writing & Publishing

Sarah, Beth, and Sarahbeth: excerpt from my new book

The following is an excerpt from my new book, an essay collection called Things You Can't Un-see, which releases this week! Pre-order your copy here. My husband makes fun of me for my obsession with monograms. After he caught me looking at a rotating display case of silver letter charms at a local boutique, I… Continue reading Sarah, Beth, and Sarahbeth: excerpt from my new book

Miscellaneous, Writing & Publishing

A year in review (of books): 2017

It’s time for my annual Year in Review (of books), which is not technically over yet – there are a few books I hope to finish before January 1st rolls in. You can often infer a lot about how a year went based on some of my favorite titles, which means I must start with… Continue reading A year in review (of books): 2017