Book Review—Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Book Review—Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

This shouldn’t have to be stated, but unfortunately it does. Transgender people are not a caricature. They are not a stereotype. They are not a political pawn. And they are not a threat to you or your values. They are human. Just. Like. You.

Imagine feeling homesick in your own body. Imagine having to fight for your God-given right to be who you are and be treated with dignity. Imagine walking into a restaurant with fear about whether you will be served. Imagine holding your pee as long as possible, or running home to use the bathroom, because you don’t know if you will be violently attacked for doing the extremely human function of relieving yourself. Imagine not being able to get lifesaving medical care because a doctor refuses to touch you. Imagine believing that if you live as your authentic self, you will never be able to realize your dreams.

Need to Catch Your Breath?

Need to Catch Your Breath?

Do you ever feel like your drowning, and you can't quite make it up for air? Me too. In fact, the last year and a half has been that feeling on repeat. Every time I managed to get my head above the water, something else would pull me down again. 

That's why I'm so grateful for the grace of the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Steve Austin's new book Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey From Chaos to Calm. Y'all I am not exaggerating when I say the raw honesty and practical real life solutions in this book touched my soul in a deep and unexpected way. Steve gets it. I'm not alone. And neither are you. 

Book Review—The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Faith

Book Review—The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Faith

My husband and I used to watch American Chopper together when we were dating and first married. I was never big into motorcycles, but the show was captivating, the motorcycles they built were pretty awesome, and Ed loved it. So we watched, and I found myself getting more and more into it as time went by. Ed and some of friends went to the original shop, met Paul Jr., and brought them a fire patch from the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.

After they built the new shop, I went with Ed to watch the OCC guys build bikes and check out the bikes they had on display. Even I thought it was cool. We lived within a couple hour drive of the shop, so when the restaurant opened, we had to check that out too. Y’all the beer battered mozzarella sticks are worth the trip! We don’t live in the Northeast anymore, but when we visit, we’ll sometimes make a detour to OCC and PJD. Our kids love checking out the bikes too.

10 Specific Things to Teach Our Boys About Sex and Consent

10 Specific Things to Teach Our Boys About Sex and Consent

Now before some of you try to tell me you don’t need to teach your kids about consent because you’re teaching them to wait to have sex until marriage, let me just bust that myth for you. 

First, consent still 100% matters in marriage. Second, statistically, your kids are pretty likely to have sex before marriage no matter what you teach them. If they do, you want them to doing it consensually and not raping people. Sticking your head in the sand, and saying, “Not my child” is not helping anyone. Third, your child may find themselves in a situation where they need to exercise their right to say, “No,” you need to teach them about that right.

Book Review—Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

Book Review—Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

What do you think of when you think of God? Where does your impression of God come from? Is He angry? Loving? Jealous? Mean? Kind? Waiting to strike you with lightning or toss you into a terrible place of eternal conscious torment if you don’t pray a get out of Hell free prayer to His Son? 

How do you know? How does your view of God affect your life? The lives of those around you?