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Introducing: Broke

**Exciting News: The FREE Six-Part Group Discussion Guide for Broke is now available! This is perfect for book clubs, church groups, or neighborhood studies. Available here. Though Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God’s Abundance has been available for a little over a week, April 7 has always been Broke’s Official Launch Date. And it’s here! Yay! To celebrate, here is […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 21

So God: I know–because I’ve heard the low whispers, faced the full questions–that some wonder if I haven’t humiliated my family, my husband, my kids, beyond belief by writing about our financial desperation in Broke. And I get why people would be concerned. There’s so much shame associated with being broke, not having enough to pay the […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 15

So God, We’re at the final of the 10 commandments: do not covet. I’d been feeling pretty good about this one. Because after years of this being one of the trickier commandments for me to keep–what with other people having such nice things and cool houses and horses and all–lately I’ve done so much better. […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 14

Oh, Dear God: I smile every time I come across the 9th commandment in any way, shape or form. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor,” you say. “Do not lie,” is perhaps the easier translation. I smile–as you know–because of that day when my therapist, way back in college, told me I was […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 13

Dear God: “Do not steal,” your commandments say. And I admit: I’m pretty good about following this, in the traditional sense. I’ve never tried to sneak a candy bar out of a store, never even been tempted. I don’t wonder how many purses I could stuff in my purse and if I could get away […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 11

Dear God: As Jesus made it so I had to confess murder yesterday, so does he make it that I have to confess adultery today. Great. Though not everyone is quick to make the Bible gender inclusive, and therefore not everyone would agree Jesus was speaking to me, I feel confident in assuming that when […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 10

Dear God: If it weren’t for Jesus, I’d have nothing to confess today (of course, if it weren’t for Jesus, I wouldn’t be forgiven either so….). If this were Old Testament times, I could happily claim I’ve never once broken today’s commandment. I have never, ever murdered anyone.  But Jesus complicates it by broadening this […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 9

Dear God: So that 5th commandment: honor thy father and mother.  I love my parents, but as I read this passage this morning, I realized this has to be to be the commandment I’ve broken more than any other in my life. From my days as a talk-backing, eye-rolling child I was to the–well–talk-backing, eye-rolling […]

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My Lenten Confession: Day 8

Dear God: Your 4th commandment says: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to theLord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor […]

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My Lenten Confessional: Day 7

Dear God: The 3rd commandment says to not misuse your name. And yet I do. Though I don’t use “Oh my God” as a exclamation, I use “Good Lord” that way, I’ve just realized now. Forgive me for that. But I suspect this is the least of my errors when it comes to using your […]

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