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Her first story

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | “In the beginning, there was nothing. Nothing to hear. Nothing to feel. Nothing to see.” These words, part of the opening to Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus

Remaking the lives we used to have

Remaking the lives we used to have

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I still remember how the little silver hook lock felt between my fingers as I threaded it into its corresponding loop. The spare bedroom of my best friend…

Confessions of a crusty hymn purist

Confessions of a crusty hymn purist

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | The first time someone told me I sang beautifully, I was standing in my parents’ kitchen washing dishes and caroling an 80-year-old tune over the sink suds.

‘I’m coming! Stay awake!’

‘I’m coming! Stay awake!’

By Chelsea Boes
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Family | Exactly a week after our Pennsylvania move, I awoke groggy from the bizarre kind of nightmare only pregnancy can bring. Afterward, still in a dream-fog, I…

Writing lessons from Maya Angelou

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I often complain to my husband that nothing ever happens to me. At least, nothing happens to me compared to Maya Angelou.  If you read the obituaries of…

My personal earthquake

My personal earthquake

By Chelsea Boes
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Parenting | This April, in the first days after my husband and I learned a baby was coming to us—certain and irreversible as a tracked train—I cried for several days.

Lessons on ingratitude from <em>Madame Bovary</em>

Lessons on ingratitude from Madame Bovary

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | This week I read my very first classic French novel, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. The book had a pleasant fatness and pages browned by too many years…

In-laws, not outlaws

By Chelsea Boes
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Family | Jonathan and I learned soon after our marriage that we would be talking about word origins until the day we died. I guess some couples talk about work, or…

We’re in good hands

We’re in good hands

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I should spend more time listening to old men in wigs. Today I have in mind Matthew Henry, the 17th century biblical commentator whose perspective marbled…

Weekend Reads: A Ruth with rhythm

Weekend Reads: A Ruth with rhythm

By Chelsea Boes & Jonathan Boes
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Books | A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C.S. Lewis and Other Poems (Eerdmans, 2015) presents the first complete collection of verse by Joy Davidman, the American woman…

In God we trust

In God we trust

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | James Pollock, the once-famous governor of Pennsylvania who was credited with putting “In God we trust” on American currency, is buried behind my…

Meeting my editor

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I once read that writers enjoy their occupation because it gives them the chance to be known and unknown at the same time. Because of their words, people they…

 
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