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GodSpace for Groups!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Authors, blog, books, Keri's Soul, pace of life, sabbath, spiritual formation | 2 comments

GodSpace for Groups!

I’m super excited to let you know that the long, careful writing and editing process for GodSpace:Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God is finished! This baby goes to the printer today. The editing team at FaithWords has been absolutely fabulous to work with. What an amazing team. It takes a village to complete a book, friends–and I’m grateful to have found such a wonderful one! And it takes a village to read a book, or at least really dive deep into it. I mean, if you’re going on an inconvenient...

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Welcoming strangers–not what I expected

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in empty nest, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simplicity, Uncategorized | 5 comments

Welcoming strangers–not what I expected

“Hospitality means inviting the stranger into our private space, whether that be the space of our own home or the space of our personal awareness and concern. And when we do so, some important transformations occur. Our private space is suddenly enlarged; no longer tight and cramped and restricted, but open and expansive and free.” –Parker Palmer, The Company of Strangers When I was raising my children, I had a couple of friends and mentors who practiced what I call radical hospitality. They shared their home with others—not just for a...

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Soul Care for Leaders

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in blog, GodSpace, pace of life, soul care for leaders, spiritual formation, women leaders | 0 comments

Soul Care for Leaders

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?  Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message) If you’re a leader, this resonates. It speaks to the ache in your soul. What would a real rest look like? For that matter, what would a day off look like? When you are busy feeding everyone else, your soul is starving. Whether you lead in your family, your...

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When good things end: some thoughts on The Practice

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in blog, character, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, spiritual mentoring | 12 comments

When good things end: some thoughts on The Practice

The only constant in life is change. This is particularly true in dynamic organizations like Willow Creek, the church I’ve been a member of for three decades. While I have remained at my church, it has changed around me—sometimes for the better, but sometimes, not. I’m loyal, but also a truth teller–so I sometimes challenge the changes. Whether we think it’s for the best or not, change is still hard, isn’t it? Because progress and change sometimes means that good things will end.  Take for example The Practice, a community within...

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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Authors, books, new books, parenting, women | 0 comments

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

Jennifer Grant, one of my favorite authors and favorite people, has a new book out: When Did Everybody Else Get So Old: Indignities, Compromises and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife. It is a collection of essays that form a memoir of middle age. Friends, if you are approaching your 40s, in the midst of your 40s, or try hard to pass for being in your 40s (that would be me!), I know you’re going to fall in love with this book. (I have a grandmother who will turn 100 next week, so I could argue that technically, “midlife” for me...

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Broken bread, burning hearts

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in bible literacy, blog, empty nest, GodSpace, hospitality, new books, parenting, social justice, spiritual formation, women | 4 comments

Broken bread, burning hearts

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”  (Luke 24:30-32) During a prayerful reflection on the story of the Road to Emmaus last night at church, I pictured Jesus at the table. He took. He thanked. He broke. He gave. Took. Thanks. Broke. Gave. These words are a...

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The “crisis” in the blogosphere

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in blog, character, Christian feminism, faith, Keri's Soul, speaking, spiritual formation, women, women in the church | 13 comments

The “crisis” in the blogosphere

According to Christianity Today, as a spiritual blogger, speaker and author, I’m part of a “crisis in the church.” I agree there’s a crisis, but I disagree on what exactly that crisis entails. What gives Christian bloggers and writers like me (or Jen Hatmaker, or Beth Moore, or Christine Caine) the right to teach and write books and blogs about spiritual life? This is the question posed by Tish Harrison Warren, in her article, “Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere?” The article, the first in a Christianity Today series called...

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Meeting Jesus at the dollar store

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in blog, faith, GodSpace, hospitality, Keri's Soul, simplicity, social justice | 2 comments

Meeting Jesus at the dollar store

True confession: I don’t love shopping at this store. It’s kind of well, cheap—but I guess that’s the point. Sparse, utilitarian. Countless items, each a dollar. I’ve been here (and at Goodwill) more in the last two months than I have in my entire adult life. Because refugees. Their homes destroyed, their safety threatened, they arrive from Syria or Pakistan or Jordan with nothing. They need dish towels and a broom, dishes and cleaning supplies. They need, even more, to be welcomed. Disheartened by online and face to face conversations with...

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What the first Passover teaches us about worship

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in blog, GodSpace, hospitality, Keri's Soul, new books, pace of life | 0 comments

What the first Passover teaches us about worship

  Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover! Passover begins today. On this annual festival, the Jewish people celebrate their emancipation from the slavery of Egypt. While Christians don’t typically celebrate Passover, later this week, on Good Friday, we will remember a Passover meal that Jesus and his friends celebrated, right before he was crucified. (You’ll want to read this excellent post on Passover from a Jewish AND Christian perspective from Michelle VanLoon.) In honor of Passover, I want to share an excerpt from my...

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Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God

I’m so excited to announce that my new book, GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God is available for pre-order now. This book is the one I’ve been longing to write for years–and finally have. In it’s pages, you’ll find encouragement and mentoring and a gentle challenge to grow by stepping out of your comfort zone to embrace the inconvenient (but oh-so-worth it) adventure of intimacy with God. Explore spiritual practices like hospitality, generosity, simplicity and others, that are not...

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