Book Review: The Waiting Room by Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage

  Waiting rooms are strange spaces. Elevator music lofts throughout the room. A stack of outdated lifestyle magazines awaits perusal on a table. People busy themselves with a book, an app, or a television set to avoid conversation with others. The placidity of these spaces hides the thoughts of those sitting in them. While we…

Book Review: Labor With Hope by Gloria Furman

I can recall few books that infuse motherhood with gospel hope in such elegant and compassionate prose as Gloria Furman’s Labor with Hope: Gospel Meditations on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. Ms. Furman’s words will not only encourage expectant mothers for years to come, but also direct their gaze steadfastly toward Christ. I first encountered the wonders…

Two Helpful Books for the Hurting

In the body of Christ, we readily talk about our joys and our blessings, but we less often discuss the ways in which the brokenness in life tears us open. Even though the message of the Gospel is our one hope for healing, shame can silence us, and fear isolate us. We worry that admission…

Book List: Faith and Suffering

My inability to comprehend God’s benevolence in the face of suffering drove me to agnosticism and suicidality. The realization that Christ also suffered and died for us, brought me back. This is a hard topic, and one too complicated for pat answers. The following books, however, offer thoughtful explorations, without dismissing the complexity of the…

Book List: End-of-Life Care

I’ve found that I often receive requests for resources on the various topics about which I write (medicine, end-of-life care, homeschooling, etc). To address needs more systematically, twice a month I’m going to post topical book lists. Some will be on Christian themes; others on medical ones; still others resources for homeschooling. This first book…