What I’ve Been Reading…


With all the talk of STORY, it’s no coincidence that my personal reading has gravitated to biographies, memoirs, and the like. Some I have already mentioned here on the site such as You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. and Case for Grace for Kids And others I haven’t.

Join me at over at Circles of Faith as I kick of First Friday Book Faves* and share what I’ve been reading lately.

While you are there, don’t forget to Enter to Win a copy of Unholy Matrimony: My Journey Through Unforgiveness and Sickness to Miraculous Health written by my mom, Martha Wentz. It’s a powerful story of faith and forgiveness.

* In case you were wondering, First Friday Book Faves is a column that runs monthly on COF. Team members, contributors, and friends share just a few sentences about what they are reading. Bloggers are welcome to link up and share a book review they have done on their site. Don’t have a blog? That’s okay, we’d love to hear what you are reading in the comments. It’s a good place to be if you are looking for your next great read. 

Exploring Nature and Encouraging Kids’ Curiosity

exploring nature

Kids ask a ton of questions, some I have the answers to and some I don't. My favorite questions however, are the ones we find the answers to together. Often times those come when we are out exploring nature, in a park, or at a zoo. Today I am over at Faith Gateway talking about So Many Questions! Encouraging Kids’ Curiosity. Join me there for tips on exploring what God has created and encouraging your child’s curiosity on your next outdoor adventure together. … [Continue Reading...]

Sharing My Story…Finding Light in the Darkness


Over the last month and half  at Circles of Faith, we've been sharing personal stories, God moments, and turning points in faith from our contributors. It happened partially as a result of the feedback we received from our first live event. We decided that, just for a bit, we'd threw out the script of FAITH, LIFE, and COMMUNITY to focus exclusively on STORY. We've been talking about how important stories are so much behind the scenes, that it seemed like a natural thing to write about at Faith … [Continue Reading...]

Why Story Matters

Why Story Matters

It's one thing to learn theology, it's another thing to hear how people experience the love, grace, mercy, and provision of God in their day to day life. Listening or reading other people's stories builds our faith. Telling our story builds the faith of others. In fact, it turns answered prayer into praise. I was reminded of that recently when I read Case for Grace for Kids  and The Case for Grace Student Edition: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives by Lee Strobel. Both … [Continue Reading...]

You Have a Brain by Ben Carson – A Great Biography for Kids

Ben Carson You Have a Brain

I remember the first time I ever read a book by Ben Carson, it was the summer after I graduated college. It was Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence. It changed the way I saw life, not to mention I was immediately hooked on "self-help" books. It kick started my love of reading. Many years later, there is this...You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.  Written for teens, this book recounts the story of Ben Carson growing up as a young boy in inner city Detroit, and … [Continue Reading...]

4 Easy Steps to Start Teaching Your Kids About Money

Teaching Your Kids About Money – 4 Easy Steps To Get You Started

  Last year I did a series on Kids & Money. It is truly one of my favorite things to talk about and hope to do it more. Having struggled with managing money myself, I knew it was important to equip my kids with the necessary tools to manage their money. I want my kids to know their math facts and spelling words, but I also want them to be financially intelligent. Today I am over at Circles of Faith talking about Teaching Your Kids About Money – 4 Easy Steps To Get You … [Continue Reading...]

When Your Kids Bicker and Brag


I have three kids. They vary in age, gender, and personality, but in one way they are the same. They each want to be first. I can count on my children to argue over who will go first to get in the shower, share what their day was like at dinner, or hug daddy when he comes home from work. It's natural at their ages to bicker and brag but it can wear this momma out.  I definitely don't have all the answers but there are a few things I do that have helped it go a little smoother here at my … [Continue Reading...]