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The heartbeat for my debut book, Choosing REAL, birthed after losing my dad to a sudden stroke. For the first time, I caught glimpses, an understanding of how to respond to unplanned circumstances and allow them to shape my faith in tangible, real ways. Choosing REAL is a conversation. An invitation. It’s a journey of experiencing how genuine and near …

Reading Nook Recs: Praying Upside Down

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Let it be said that when I was in elementary school, I informed my mom, “One day, I’m going to get married in the library.” To which, she no doubt, probably smiled and suppressed laughter. Let’s be honest friends, no wedding of mine could have been contained in a please keep your voices down setting. It’s just that I’m obsessed …

The 502nd Seagull & Bare Booties!

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Last summer Tanner and I read through my childhood copy of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. The classic has become our family’s favorite, tasting it over grilled peaches and cream, watching the movie together, and last weekend, redeeming Tanner’s Christmas present- a date to see the play, at the South Coast Repertory. His favorite part? Watching the over-sized insects rope the “imaginary” seagulls to the peach stem, lifting the fruit away from the jaws of veracious sharks below. As the book describes, “And now came the big moment. Quickly, the five hundred and second seagull was caught and harnessed to the peach-stem… And then suddenly…But slowly…Majestically…Like some fabulous golden balloon… With all the seagulls straining at the strings above…The giant peach rose up dripping out of the water and began climbing toward the heavens.” {p.66, James and the Giant Peach}

How can the seagulls lift the peach? They are so small and their wings are so tiny?, Tanner asked. Hmmm. Point made.

Bekah’s Book Review

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As a little girl, I have vivid memories of library trips. Down the street, into the library, up the stairs and around the corner to… augh! The kid section. Dr. Suess covers, and Island of the Blue Dolphin posters smiled at me as I took it all in. I went there probably once a week. To this room full of …