It’s been a long time since I’ve written in this space. 2020 has changed nearly everything.
To update you on where I’ve been: in between homeschooling and hybrid schooling and distance learning (Lord, have mercy), I’ve launched a few new side projects that I hope you’ll join.
A new newsletter: The Holy Labor
I love to lift up the creative, life-giving work of friends and strangers. So in each edition I share a short essay (much like I used to blog here), gather my favorite reads for you (new books, intriguing articles, prayers, and poetry), and invite you to see your own life and work in holy light.
A new space on Instagram: Create in the Chaos
I’ve long wanted to support other writer-parents. Now that Covid has brought even more chaos to family life, it was the perfect (imperfect!) time to launch.
Each week I’m sharing writing tips, tricks, and inspiration from authors. If you’re trying to do creative work in the midst of the pandemic, this is for you. Click here to join us.
Weekly reflections with Scripture
I’m still writing reflections each Monday on how to Pray Both Sides (exploring different images of God from Scripture) at Patreon. You can subscribe for as little as $1/month to receive these reflections straight to your email. Click here to check it out and support my work.
And a new Christmas book
This week I’m launching a new book with Blessed Is She called Emmanuel: A Christmas Feast.
Emmanuel is a beautiful collection of Scripture, original prayers and reflections, hymns and homilies from the early Church, and artwork that you can enjoy year after year.
While Advent books abound, I wanted a way to enter into the fullness of Christmas as a whole season of rejoicing. Emmanuel offers a feast for all 5 senses: food for thought, songs for prayer, and creative ideas for living out Christmas at home.
For each day of the Christmas season—from Dec. 25th through the Baptism of the Lord and Candlemas—the book lifts up one name of Jesus in Scripture and prayer, to enter into the mystery of God’s love that no single name can capture.
You can use it as a daily devotional or keep out on your coffee table to enjoy. It’s a glossy hardcover book, perfect to return to year after year.
The stunning art from Jessica Coe at The Living Heart Co. is one of my favorite parts of the book. Her images of Jesus are like icons, inviting you to pause and pray, imagining the face of God among us.
Get your copy of Emmanuel here—or give one as a gift this Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support of my work and writing. You have been a light in the darkness this year.