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Remembering Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot has died, almost 60 years after her husband Jim and four other missionaries died at the hand of the Auca Indians they had come to serve in eastern Ecuador. Her first book, about his death, was transformational for me and for countless other young women who read of her courage…

 

The Semi-Colon Is Dead. Long Live the Dash!

After my reader reviewed the third draft of my book, the first thing she told me was that I needed to get rid of all those semi-colons. Editors trip on semi-colons. I wasn’t going to argue with her. She has edited 35 published books, and her own book is used by…

 

Travel Tip #5. Embrace Technology

Your smart phone and tablet can be your best friends on a trip—alarm clock, calendar, reservations, flight update, electronic boarding pass, map, books, newspaper, camera, weather report, flashlight, currency converter and language translator—as well as your 24×7 communication link. Because my children and grandchildren embraced technology quickly, buying iPhones as…

 

The Myth of Christianity

No, Frog Sullivan wasn’t telling the high school students at First Baptist Church that Christianity is a myth. The year was probably 1974, and I was the new Sunday School director for the huge sophomore and junior department. I didn’t really know what to do, so I invited the founding…

 

Facing the Truth About Weight

This started out as a friendly wager with my friend Mary Anne. The goal was to lose 5 pounds by end of summer and the loser would buy the winner dinner. The next thing I knew, Mary Anne had talked me into going to a medically-supervised weight-loss clinic with her….

 

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