The Importance of Asking Questions

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Asking questions can encourage knowledge and growth, and as Christians, we are called in 1 Peter 3:15  to “set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”

Becoming a Christian does not mean that all your questions about faith are instantly answered. In fact, more questions are likely to follow. Often Christians can feel anxious or embarrassed about going to their parents, pastors, or friends with big questions about faith.

Withholding questions or dismissing tough encounters with the Bible or belief can dampen your faith and rob you of the joy that comes from confidently sharing it with others.

We all have questions, such as:

  • What is truth?
  • How should Christians talk about and think about truth?
  • Is there even such a thing as absolute truth?
  • How can I know God is real and true?
  • Can we really trust what the Bible says?
  • What is worldview and how does a Christian’s differ from a non-christian’s worldview?
  • Was Jesus a real person? Did he really die on the cross?
  • Would the Gospel accounts stand up in court, if put on trial?

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Truth Considered and Applied: Examining Postmodernism, History, and Christian Faith by Stewart Kelly  

Truth Considered and Applied examines the leading theories of truth in relation to postmodernism, history, and the Christian faith.

10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer by Alex McFarland, Elmer L. Towns

10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer provides responses to the toughest conversations regarding one’s inward faith as well as the outward expression of it and is relevant to new believers and longtime Christ followers alike.

Faith on Trial: Would the Testimony of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Stand Up in Court? by Pamela Binnings Ewen

Lawyer, author, and former agnostic Pamela Binnings Ewen illuminates Christianity as the only world religion that can be based upon verifiable facts. Developing those facts, she invites readers into the jury box and then examines under court-required standards the gospel testimonies of the witnesses: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing Things God’s Way by C. Fred Smith

Developing a Biblical Worldview equips readers to think biblically about the world in which we live. Four questions that everyone asks, at least implicitly, about life and reality are used as a rubric for analyzing worldviews: Who are we? Where are we? What is wrong? What is the answer?

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Enter to Win an iPad and Learn from Matt and Lauren Chandler


On February 19 and 20, Matt and Lauren Chandler are hosting The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference to talk about God’s good design for love, marriage, sex, and redemption.

Enter to win an iPad when you follow the Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference Faithlife Group!

You can even increase your chance of winning when you introduce yourself to the group—worth one additional entry, and when you invite your friends to the group—each friend you invite will bring you an additional entry in the giveaway.

Plus when you follow the group you’ll get free access to Matt Chandler’s ebook, The Mingling of Souls, from January 15–February 15.  

In The Mingling of Souls,  Matt Chandler takes a look at The Song of Solomon and unpacks it’s candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. He applies it through practical, real-life examples helping the reader to connect with the text.

When your copy of the ebook is unlocked, you’ll be able to follow along with Matt and Lauren as they lead a book study, so you can ask questions about marriage and intimacy as you read.

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Plus all are great ways to grow and establish community with other Christians and take part in meaningful conversations around romance, dating, marriage, and sex!

Then when you get your ticket for the Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference on Vyrso, you’ll be able to stream the live event for your home, small group, or church all from within the group!

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What It’s Like to Convert from Islam to Christianity

Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeel Qureshi—an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and bestselling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, was recently featured on the November/December issue of Bible Study Magazine.

Qureshi was raised in a close-knit Pakistani-American family devoted to Islam—so when he became convinced of the truth of the Bible and the claims of the Christian faith, he knew everything would change. “I knew from studying the Gospels that I was called to give up everything. Jesus says in Matthew 10, ‘He who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.’ ”

In Jessi Strong’s interview with Qureshi, he opened up about some of the barriers he faced in his conversion to Christianity:

“In responding to the gospel, Qureshi realized his relationship with his family presented two barriers to Christian faith.

The first was intellectual. From an early age, he had been taught Islamic apologetics—he learned to defend his minority faith in a majority Christian context.

‘Islam and Christianity teach such disparate things, and my parents needed a way to teach their son—who was growing up in the United States—to hold his beliefs against Christian teachings. I was taught Bible verses that seemed to argue against the deity of Jesus.

One was Mark 13:32, where Jesus talks about no one knowing the day or the hour of the end of times, “not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Qureshi had to re-examine everything he had long assumed to be fact.

The second barrier was social. Even before he seriously considered Christianity, Qureshi knew how devastating his conversion would be to his parents. His close ties with them stemmed from their Eastern, communal-minded family structure—compounded by the isolation they experienced living as a minority race, religion, and culture in the U.S.

To describe Qureshi’s family as devout doesn’t truly portray their religious legacy: “My mom was a missionary kid who grew up in Indonesia, where my grandfather preached to tribes in the jungles. My great-grandfather was a missionary and physician in Uganda.

From a social perspective, there were two things that gave my parents a sense of respect and standing in the Muslim community: the family legacy and their children. My conversion would mean taking everything away from them.”

While in college and medical school, one of Qureshi’s Christian friends challenged him to examine the Bible more seriously to see if its claims could be verified. It took years, but he began to respect the Bible as a historical document—even before he recognized Jesus as God.

“We know through biblical archaeology that some of the things Luke mentioned were not corroborated until archaeological digs confirmed them. (Click to Tweet!) I came to the conclusion that they had compelling historical truths.

I researched textual transmission, wanting to find out if what the Bible says today is what the Bible has always said. We have so many manuscripts of the New Testament in ancient Greek that we can be very confident in our reading of its text. Understanding the nature of the evidence began to change my perspective on the reliability of the Bible.” (Click to Tweet!)

As his respect for the Bible grew, Qureshi began to look more closely at the Gospel of Mark’s claims about Jesus.

“Muslim apologists will usually say that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, but he didn’t claim to be God. They expect Jesus to identify himself using certain words. It’s not a bad expectation, given how God identifies himself in the Old Testament. In Isaiah 45:22, for example, God very powerfully says, ‘I am God, and there is no other.’ When he meets Moses in Exodus 3:14, Moses asks him who he is, and God says, ‘I am that I am’—in other words, ‘I eternally exist.’ ””


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Today Only: Save 65% on The Gospel Coalition Ebooklets!

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Gospel-Centered Ministry by D.A. Carson, Timothy Keller

Carson and Keller outline their vision for the Gospel Coalition and explain the nature of gospel-centered ministry. Carson and Keller recount the origins of the Gospel Coalition and the purpose for which it was formed: to propagate a robust understanding of the gospel’s content and to encourage gospel-centered ministry.

The Holy Spirit by Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung looks to Scripture to outline fundamental doctrine about the personhood and work of the Holy Spirit.

Can We Know the Truth? by Richard D. Phillips

In this Gospel Coalition booklet, Richard D. Phillips answers the question, “Can we know the truth?” He points us to the Bible as the revelation of God’s character and his design for our lives.

What Is the Gospel? by Bryan Chapell

What is the gospel? Bryan Chapell explains that the gospel is the message that God sent a savior to rescue broken people, restore creation’s glory, and rule over all with compassion and justice.

Creation by Andrew M. Davis

Andrew Davis summarizes the Bible’s teaching on creation. He traces the creation of the world and humanity through the first two chapters of Genesis, emphasizing that all things, especially humans, were created to display God’s glory.

The Church: God’s New People by Timothy B. Savage

This booklet examines hallmarks of the universal church, including unity and love toward God and man, giving practical shape to each characteristic as it is manifested in the local body.

The Plan by Colin Smith

Colin Smith demonstrates that God’s plan is shown in the Bible and centers around his promise to bring sinners to eternal life, through Christ, for his glory

The Restoration of All Things by Sam Storms

In this booklet Sam Storms examines the essential elements of Christian eschatological hope—including bodily resurrection, judgment, hell and eternal punishment, and heaven in the presence of God—to show that this hope is a confident expectation rooted in the historical reality of what transpired in the life and death of Christ.

The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible by Mike Bullmore

Pastor Mike Bullmore outlines the relationship between the gospel and all of Scripture and suggests helpful strategies for reading and interpreting the Bible correctly.

The Kingdom of God by Stephen T. Um

This booklet outlines the Bible’s teaching on the kingdom of God and provides insight on implications for Christians today.

Justification by Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Ryken directs us to the Bible’s rich teaching on justification and answers the question: “What does it mean to be justified?”

Sin and the Fall by Reddit Andrews III

Pastor Reddit Andrews traces the extent and effects of sin in the world and draws readers to the Bible’s teaching on sin and the fall.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper by Thabiti M. Anyabwile and J. Ligon Duncan

Pastors Thabiti Anyabwile and J. Ligon Duncan have teamed up to outline the Bible’s basic teaching about baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Speaking from different traditions, they bring perspective to the discussion while both observing that baptism and the Lord’s Supper should be fundamentally understood as pointing to something greater.

Christ’s Redemption by Sandy Willson

Pastor Sandy Willson shows that Christ’s redemption is central to the Christian message and offers hope to a lost world


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Three Big Myths That Moms Believe and How Can They Knock It Off


We had the privilege to ask authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk questions about their background, authors and books that have influenced them, and all about their new release, Hoodwinked:Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off. Pre-order it today!

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Ruth, can you tell us a little bit about The Better Mom community, what drove you to create this site and how has it impacted you?


Several years ago I was thrilled to find a little help in mothering online.

I had spent so much time feeling frazzled and just trying to keep it all together that it was refreshing to read insight from other moms and join their journey online. I realized I wasn’t alone. Over the next year I began to feel the nudge into mom’s ministry.

I wanted to come alongside other moms and encourage them like I had been encouraged.

It has been an incredible experience so far, as I have been blow away by the community that has grown. There is a real sense that we are all in this together!

Karen, tell us a little bit about what drives you—from being a mom to writing multiple books to working as a Proverbs 31 speaker, what keeps you going?

I simply love to encourage women, especially mothers. Because writing and speaking is something I can do at home it works well in my family schedule.

I think what keeps me going is remembering how hard it was for me as a wife and mother starting out.

I had a few people who mentored me but the Internet wasn’t around in the way that is now. I love how we can use this modern tool to send an instant encouragement to others who are in the trenches of motherhood.

Over the years as you’ve grown in your faith, what specific authors or books have been life-changing? And what are some ways that these author and books have influenced you?

Karen: I really love reading books by both Elisabeth Elliot and Edith Schaeffer.

Both of these authors seem to have a good blend of practical ideas and also deeper theological material that kept my interest. I love the way their books encouraged me when I was first a new mother.

I especially love The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Schaeffer. It is a go to book that I try to re-read once a year. It really helps to give me a fresh perspective in my home life and to realize that homemaking really is an art.

Ruth: I have to say that Bible Studies by Beth Moore and Ray Vander Laan have probably had the biggest impact on my spiritual growth over the years.

I also really love all of Emily Freeman’s books. Grace for the Good Girl was a message I needed to hear desperately and it really helped me discover that it was okay to need God. 

My very favorite books on motherhood are by Sally ClarksonSeveral years ago when I felt like I was barely surviving as a mom, I came across the book The Mission of Motherhood. It radically changed my perspective on mothering and made me realize that there was actually a purpose behind what I was doing. 

What drove you two to write Hoodwinked?


Ruth: Karen and I became friends when she started writing for The Better Mom.

As we got to know one another and spent time talking we realized that although we were in different stages of mothering (she has grown kids and I have younger kids) we both deal with some of the same personal struggles in motherhood.

One day I said, “Karen! We should write a book together!”

Before I knew it we were discussing struggles that we thought moms of all ages and stages wrestled with. The more we talked about these “myths,” the more we realized how necessary a book like “Hoodwinked” is – we were confident this would be a message that would really resonate with moms in all different stages of motherhood.


What are the three biggest myths that moms believe, and how can they “knock it off”?

All three of these myths, if we take them to heart and believe them, can mess with our mothering in the worst of ways.

   1. The way I mother is the right (and only) way.

If we think we are doing things the right and only way, we won’t forge friendships with other mothers who may parent a little bit differently than us.

   2. I can do it all, all at once.

If we believe that we can do it all, all at once, we soon find ourselves in overload mode and on the brink of exhaustion.

   3. My child’s bad choice means that I’m a bad mom.

If every time one of our children makes the wrong choice we feel like we are a failure as a mom, it can discourage us and drain the joy right out of our mothering.

We must learn to speak the truth to each other in all three of these areas. We must also learn to believe what God says to us in his word about these things. We need to have grace with others. We need to know our limitations and go to Jesus to find rest. (Click to Tweet!) And we need to know that everyone will give an account of themselves to God.

We are not responsible for the choices of others, not even for our children. (Click to Tweet!) The more we believe these truths, the healthier our mothering and our relationships with other mothers will be.


Find helpful advice and “we’ve been there” encouragement from Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk as they tackle the challenges and myths all moms face when you pre-order Hoodwinked:Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off.

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The Living for Christ bundle consists of four ebooks hand-picked to encourage deeper growth in your relationship with Christ and practical advice that will lead you to spending more time with him each day!

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The Fifth Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John…You by Bobby Conway

There are any number of books on how to do evangelism. This book is different—it’s an invitation to actually live out the message of the gospel.

Jesus’s original intention was for ordinary people like you and me to live lives that point others to the only Person who can give them hope for this life as well as the next—to visibly display the Good News of salvation through the Messiah and Redeemer of humankind.

The Fifth Gospel will help you wrestle with the critical issues involved in living out your faith in front of a watching and sometimes not-so-friendly world.

Crave: Wanting So Much More of God by Chris Tomlinson

People yearn for many things, but only Jesus Christ can satisfy the deepest cravings of the human heart. Many individuals, however, have settled for a cultural Christianity and lost their vibrant, day-by-day relationship with Him.

This collection of short, real-life stories from an exciting young author reveals that life with God can be a surprising, challenging, and richly satisfying journey.

Doubting Toward Faith: The Journey to Confident Christianity by Bobby Conway

Contrary to popular belief, doubt is not the opposite of faith. Rather, doubts call for an important decision—will you give in to unbelief, or will you continue the journey toward faith?

Doubt can lead to confusion, hopelessness, and despair.

But as this eye-opening book demonstrates, doubts can also deepen your dependence on God, develop your sense of empathy for others, and motivate you to find satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions.

What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? 52 Things You Don’t Want to Miss by Jay Payleitner

Go bungee jumping. Tango. See the Eiffel Tower. Swim with sharks.

Bucket lists can get pretty crazy! But what if God wanted you to think even further outside the box? To pattern your life after the one who said some pretty crazy things himself: “Love your enemies.” “Store up treasures in heaven.” “Seek first his kingdom and righteousness.”

If you checked every item off your bucket list, would your life be complete? In these pages you’ll find 52 items to help you revamp your must-do list!

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Start Pursuing Your Passions Today: Ask Questions

Ask Questions


Engage with the book you’re reading when you order Bob Pritchett’s new release Start Next Now from!

Start Next Now was written for those who aren’t satisfied with their current lives or careers—who want to take the “next” step to successfully pursuing their passions.

Bob draws on both personal experience and interviews with other successful entrepreneurs throughout Start Next Now.

There’s only so much we can learn through experience, but there is great value found in learning from the stories of others that have found success. Here’s what Bob has to say about the importance of asking questions:

You need to ask more questions.

Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn, grow, and achieve your goal. Most people know this instinctively at age three, when the world is full of wonder and all they want to know is “why?”

Unfortunately, most people grow out of this insatiable curiosity on their way toward not growing anymore at all.

You would do well to rediscover your inner three-year-old, and today you’ll still find receptive subjects for interrogation. Because while haggard parents quickly tire of being asked “why?” about the simplest things, adults who have acquired some expertise are flattered to be asked about it and eager to share what they know with thoughtful inquirers.

Asking questions is the heart of a great education, and learning how to ask questions will help you reach your goal more quickly.

Who to Ask

The short answer: everybody.

The truth is that the “rich and famous” have shared their best insights in blog posts, published interviews, and elsewhere online. Your peers and others right around you are often excited to talk about what they do—and you can learn something useful from almost anyone.

Start Next Now is also a great place to start learning from the experiences of others. Bob’s first-hand familiarity with the challenges and successes of reaching his goals, along with the graphics, videos, and other bonus content available on, allow you to glean the collective wisdom of leaders from the worlds of small and large business, nonprofits, and more.

What to Ask

Do your research—find out as much as possible about the person you’re going to interview ahead of time. When you do, you’ll learn more about the person and therefore ask better questions.

Be polite when asking for an interview. And remember that everyone’s favorite subject is themselves. Ask:

  • Why did you choose to do what you’re doing?
  • What gets you most excited about your work?
  • What do you wish your [boss/subordinates/others] understood about you? Your job?

Ask questions like these—and others discussed by Bob in Start Next Now—and then listen carefully.

And don’t forget to say “thank you.”

Ask Yourself

When you order Start Next Now, you can open the ebook in Vyrso, receive a print edition in the mail, and access the online version—which lets you interact with the book as you read.

As you read the text, it will ask you questions and then pull together your answers into a personalized action plan with steps you can take immediately to start achieving your goals. You’ll be able to identify your goals and find the encouragement to start walking toward those goals in your life right now!


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Get 3 Free Ebooks: Jump, The Stranger in Your House, and Solitary

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Jump is a powerful guide to becoming a vehicle of compassion, reconciliation, and transformation in our world.

Life is all about jumps. We jump from high school to college, school to the professional world, dating to marriage. Each leap launches us to new levels.

Even though we can’t see what’s on the other side of the wall, our faith jumps are about trusting that God is there. We experience the liberation when we jump into the arms of our Savior, then into a church family, and then into a world desperately in need.

Efrem Smith presents fresh insights into how Christians can say yes to the jump that takes them deeper into a loving, devotional, intimate life with God.

The Stranger in Your House by Gregory L. Jantz

To My SonsHe’s in his room for days at a time and barely responds when I talk to him; she’s teary every day, one minute demanding I tend to her needs and the next minute demanding I leave her alone. . . 

What’s going on with your teenager? Is it just the ups and downs of adolescence, or is it something more?

Depression has the ability to derail a teenager’s progress toward healthy adulthood—and confuse and frustrate you. With years of experience, Dr. Gregg Jantz will answer your hardest questions about this critical season in your child’s life.

This ebook will help you see beyond the closed-room years of adolescence and open the door to hope.

Solitary by Travis Thrasher


This first book in the Solitary Tales suspense series from Travis Thrasher reminds readers that darkness cloaks both danger and redemption.

When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and the mysterious Jocelyn Evans.

Chris soon learns that Jocelyn and her town have deep—and terrifying-secrets. As he slowly begins to understand the horror, the question becomes whether he can save Jocelyn in time.

In his debut novel for teens, Travis Thrasher furthers his reputation of having the writing ability to scare the wits out of his audience while challenging them.

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Embracing Both Holiness and Happiness

Happiness and Holiness

Today’s guest post is by Vyrso’s Author of the Month, Randy Alcorn. Check out his new ebook, Happinesson Vyrso now!

As a young pastor, I preached, as others still do, “God calls us to holiness, not happiness.”[i]

There’s a half-truth in this.

I saw Christians pursue what they thought would make them happy, falling headlong into sexual immorality, alcoholism, materialism, and obsession with success.

I was attempting to oppose our human tendency to put preferences and convenience before obedience to Christ. It all sounded so spiritual, and I could quote countless authors and preachers who agreed with me.

I’m now convinced we were all dead wrong.

There were several flaws in my thinking, including inconsistency with my own experience. I’d found profound happiness in Christ; wasn’t that from God? Furthermore, calling people to reject happiness in favor of holiness was ineffective. It might work for a while but not in the long run.

My study of Scripture and church history since then has helped me understand that true holiness always manifests itself in authentic happiness. Psalm 1:1 says, “Blessed [happy] is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.”

Tony Reinke gets it right: “Sin is joy poisoned. Holiness is joy postponed and pursued.”[ii]

Holiness doesn’t mean abstaining from pleasure; holiness means recognizing Jesus as the source of life’s greatest pleasure. (Click to Tweet)

Spurgeon put it this way: “Holiness is the royal road to happiness. The death of sin is the life of joy.” For those of us who are Christ-centered believers, our lives should overflow with both holiness and happiness.

In Revelation 20:6, makarios, meaning “happy,” is joined with hagios, meaning “holy.” The following versions capture this beautiful combination:

  • Happy and holy [is] he who is having part in the first rising again. (Young’s Literal Translation)
  • Those who are raised from the dead during this first time are happy and holy. The second death has no power over them. (Revelation 20:6, NLV)
  • Happy and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! (PHILLIPS)

Sadly, too often our message to the world becomes a false gospel that lays upon people an impossible burden, as in “to be a Christian, you must give up wanting to be happy and instead choose to be holy.” In fact, happiness and holiness are inseparable. “Give up happiness; choose holiness instead” is not good news, and therefore it is not the “good news of happiness” spoken of in Scripture (Isaiah 52:7)!

God has made holiness and happiness to enjoy a similar relationship: each benefits from the other. For those of us who are Christ-centered believers, our lives should overflow with both.

When Jesus says, “Be perfect” (Matthew 5:48), we should recognize that true happiness in him is part of what he intends. Our pleasure is won in the “Aha!” moments of discovering firsthand why God’s ways really are best. The more we discover God’s ways and experience the goodness of his holiness, the less we try to find happiness apart from him. (Click to Tweet)

[i] Richard Mansel, “God Calls Us to Holiness, Not Happiness,” Forthright Magazine, March 4, 2008,

[ii] Tony Reinke, “The World’s Joy-Tragedy,” Desiring God, August 30, 2014,


Read Randy Alcorn’s Happiness to learn more about celebrating happiness and joy.

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3 Ways to Strengthen a Long-Distance Marriage: An Interview with Hope Griffin

Finding Joy

We had the privilege to ask author Hope Griffin questions about what she’s learned as a military wife, authors that inspire her, and about her new release, Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife.

All month long, keep up with Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

What drives you to write?

I have always used writing as an escape, a way to process my thoughts, and to dig deeper into my faith. For as long as I can remember I have believed in Christ, the details and theology came with time.

I pursued my love for writing in both my undergrad and graduate studies, minoring in Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas and in addition to Biblical Studies pursuing the Creative Writing classes available at Dallas Theological Seminary.

I find that when I’m not writing my world is unbalanced.

What inspired you to write your newest release, Finding Joy?

Being a part of the military community is a great honor. It brings new challenges to marriages, family, and self-care. When my soldier first deployed I needed an outlet for my thoughts and fears so I wrote. 

The more I wrote about my own struggle through deployments and our daughter’s cancer the more I began to see the same struggles in the community around me.

Finding Joy is a testimony to not just surviving long distance marriages but finding purpose and passion in them. Whether it is the military, health, or careers that geographically separate us, it does not mean that our marriages have to suffer.

What are three pieces of advice you would give to military wives to help strengthen their relationship with God and their husband?

First communication.

We can’t always talk to our spouse but when the opportunity presents itself we need to be purposeful about what we say. Clear, loving words need to be spoken over distances. Distance from our spouse also presents us with the opportunity to go to God more. God’s love and companionship, even when unfelt, is our one constant in life. Go to Him. (Click to Tweet)

Second is letting go.

Give up the control. Absolutely pursue dreams and make plans but when life gives you a detour adapt accordingly. Learn to cherish the unseen future and don’t stress or worry about what may or may not happen. Live today, dream for tomorrow, but be flexible in what may come. (Click to Tweet)

Third is don’t compare your relationship with your spouse or with God with someone else.

The only closed doors you see what happens behind is your own. Cherish and and enjoy your story.

Which authors have influenced you and your writing as you’ve grown in your faith?

Over the years I have fallen in love with the writings of:

  •  Philip Yancey, he reintroduced me to Christ.
  • Leonard Sweet, he made me dig deep into my faith and ask hard questions.
  • Amy Julia Becker, she offered a simplicity to deep theological questions and reminded me that we are all on a journey and do not hold all the answers.
  • Jocelyn Green and Judy Davis, both women are fellow military spouses and were voices of encouragement during deployments.

More recently, I discovered Cynthia Ruchti. Her story telling and authenticity are refreshing and uplifting. She addresses the struggles of long distance marriage in her book As Waters Gone By. She reached into my life and pulled out encouragement from some of the most tattered places.

There have been to many authors who have influenced me through the years to pinpoint them all down. It often seems that they have a peek into my life and know exactly where I need to be ministered to.


Get encouragement to grow and thrive despite hard circumstances in these words of wisdom from Hope Griffin in Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife.

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