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Give Yourself Time

My youngest daughter is so much like me.

There’s this fieriness to her, this loudness, this tenderness, this bent toward wanting to scream and then cry when someone wrongs her; she is so dear and so thoughtful and so… worried. She’s worried she won’t be able to control her temper, find peace in conflict, or just breathe long enough to not yell at her brother when he irritates her. She thinks she’ll never change.

“Oh sweet Caroline, you are so much like me,” I tell her as we drive, just the two of us.

“No, mom, not really.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Because you know how to control your anger and I don’t. I’ll never be able to.”

And there it is, the lie that she’ll never change, the start of a downward thought process that can lead to despair if not corrected in truth.

“Care, how old are you?”


“Well, I’m 37, so I’ve got some years on you, and through those years God has helped me to have self-control, and He will help you too, but give yourself time to grow and learn and surrender and wait as He helps you. You can have self-control. Here, I’ll share some of what I’ve learned…”

Read the rest over at (in)courage today!


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Goodness, Beauty, and Truth: A Fiction Book List for Adults

I go searching and searching for book lists for adults on truth and beauty and goodness and I seem to only find (mostly find?) book lists for children. Which is great and all, but I want to fill my soul with rich stories and beautiful words too, and I don’t want them only to be classics.

So I did what we do in the modern age and I asked Facebook this question:

I’m looking for books that are filled with truth and beauty and goodness. I’d like fiction, and they don’t have to be Christian. What I’m not looking for: Crude talk, detailed sex scenes, lot’s of unnecessary cursing. Hard stories are fine if they inspire the soul. What do you recommend?

Here’s what Facebook (or rather my awesome Facebook friends) gave me as recommendations. Enjoy!

As with anything, use your discernment! I have not read all these books!

Goodness, Beauty, and Truth Book List

(In alphabetical order by author)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows  and Mary Ann Shaffer  

Hannah Coulter by Wendall Berry (several recommendations)

Jayber Crow by Wendall Berry (several recommendations)

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (several recommendations)

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (A favorite of mine)

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

The Yearling by Patricia Reilly Giff (I was told about this one, “Trust me”)

Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin 

Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge

Sisterchicks on the Loose! (Sisterchicks Series #1) by Robin Jones Gunn  

Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon (several recommendations)

Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

The Curate’s Awakening by George MacDonald

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers (several recommendations)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (several recommendations)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 

Like a River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani  

Words by Ginny L. Yttrup 

And my personal favorite, the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, my favorite of the three being Perelandra. Be still my heart!

Authors Recommended

Karen KingsburyFrancine Rivers, Julie Klasson, Laura Franz, Lynn AustinKatherine Reay, Charles MartinBarbara KingsolverKathleen GrissomSusan MeissnerFannie FlaggKatie Ganshert, Erin Hilderbrand,

Happy reading!

Oh, and for more helpful lists, check out Modern Mrs. Darcy’s site!


P.S. I’ll keep adding to this list, but go ahead and comment with your recommendations!

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