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How Benedictine Spirituality Changed the Way I Mother

Last spring my first book came out. It’s a memoir about prayer and motherhood and how the Rule of St. Benedict gave me permission to move toward a new sort of relationship with God: one where grace weighs heavier than my ability to be impressive. These past few months I’ve been answering interview questions about ...

How to Find Prayer Again, or realize God has already found you (A guest post at margaretfeinberg.com)

    Yes, I told you I'm taking a break! I still mean it. : ) But first, I'm over at Margaret Feinberg's site today helping kick off her summer series on prayer. And we're giving away three copies of my book! Here's a little peek from the post. I'd love for you to find your way over there and enter the ...

To St. Benedict, on his feast day (A repost from last year)

My Dearest Benedict, You and I didn’t meet in the regular way. I wasn’t making lifelong vows in a sacred space, a cross pressed to my chest, holy fingers on my forehead. Instead, I was soaking in an Epson salt bath, recovering from birthing a child. (Something I’m guessing, you encountered little of in your ...

My Very Big Announcement: A Book Deal, Baby!

As of yesterday afternoon, when I mailed off some official papers with my scribbly-boy-signature on them, I am contracted to write two (Yes, Two!) books for Worthy Publishing over the next two years. I have the smartest and the loveliest agent in Rachelle Gardner (at Books & Such Literary Agency) who has done more to help ...

A letter to St. Benedict, on his feast day (a repost)

Friends, I've been doing a lot of reading about our favorite, St. Benedict, this week for my side project. I've been thinking a lot about what made his Rule radical, how choosing to value moderation over zealousness and compassion over the enforcement of harsh commitments within the monastery, allowed (and continues to allow) ...

My Chalkboard: Christine Valters Painter

From The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic

One Word 2013: Enough

I wish I were a mom with constant craft supplies. I wish I had every kind of glitter available and fresh scented play-dough always waiting for little fingers to mash. I wish I were a mom who filled hours with learning, a mom who sent thank-you notes on time. I wish I had real, practical goals in my mothering life. I wish I ...