It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I appreciate those of you who’ve asked about my absence. I’m humbled, actually.

Many of you know that my Mom passed away in January. I posted some ramblings on death and dying  back in March, but have laid low since then, especially online.

To be honest, I needed a break from all the cybernoise. (To some degree, I still do.)

While on that break, I wrote quite a bit. I also read quite a bit and I’ll be sharing some of those books with you here on the site. I’ll also be sharing some guest posts and other random thoughts/friends as I prayerfully consider my posting schedule in the days to come.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen that I’ll be spending the month of June in Israel with my dad. Yes, you read that right — the ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE!

This will be my first FCA trip there, and we’ll be working with the Palestinians in the West Bank. I can’t wait to meet some of Dad’s friends in Bethlehem, as well as hang out with my fabulous cousin Laura for part of the trip. I’m also looking forward to going back to Petra!


Dad and me on Mt of Olives

Dad and me on my first trip in 2009

So stay tuned as things change here. I’m excited for the opportunities the Lord is providing!

Spiritual MisfitAnd speaking of excited, I’m thrilled for my friend Michelle DeRusha! We met online a while back, but got to meet in real life at Allume last October. Her new book just released, Spiritual Misfit, A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.

Few memoirs have made me laugh like Spiritual Misfit. Michelle’s brave honesty will have you looking at your own uneasy faith and perhaps even voicing a few shaky feelings to God.

Michelle deftly walks you through her tenuous faith journey. From her Catholic upbringing to her personal doubts to the warming of her heart, she testifies to a God Who loved her completely and pursued her passionately.

Spiritual Misfit is a perfect selection for a book club and is sure to invite a lively discussion. Her experience is unique, but her ponderings are universal. Michelle writes in such a way that everyone can connect with her and may even breathe a sigh of relief that they’re not alone in their questions about God.

I’m giving away a copy of Michelle’s book, but you have to leave a comment to be eligible! Check back next week to see who won.

Having just celebrated Easter, I’ll leave you with this verse to ponder:

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body
by this same Spirit living within you.
~Romans 8:11 (NLT)

Tweetable: Check it out: Susan Stilwell reviews #SpiritualMisfit by Michelle DeRusha and a book #giveaway!

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