Everyone has a story. Sharing our stories can be exciting or risky. Maybe no one has a story just like yours, but that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes our stories collide, and you shake your head thinking, “Maybe someone else kind of knows what this feels like.” Suddenly there’s a new option: maybe my story can help someone else if I share it.
Whether it’s women of the Old Testament or the 21st Century, no one’s life is perfect. Maybe it’s our imperfections and challenges that can draw us together. Poet and feminist, Adrienne Rich, said it this way: “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”
Dear Reader, what if we choose to become part of “the most potentially transforming force on the planet?” Dear Sisters, I firmly believe that step of faith can draw us closer to becoming “the best version of ourselves”. I hope you will choose to take a step, take a risk with me and women like us.
Does your family have “Granny stories”? You know, those glimpses into a well-loved family member’s life, stories she told on herself or others told about her? Hopefully, Dear Reader, you have a mental catalog with a plethora of engaging stories about one or more family icons.
When my kids were in elementary school I went back to college. One of my first textbooks referenced “Granny stories”. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing because our kids called my mom (Mama) Granny, and Lordy, did she have stories! As my roles in life grew, I began to understand that many of Mama’s stories and housekeeping tips were more than they seemed on the surface. Those tips (a.k.a. ironclad directions in her house) included laundry.
The Art of Laundry is a thirty-one day devotional for anyone who washes or wears clothes. Sandwiched between Scriptures and prayers, Mama’s stories and laundry tips offer the reader a tangible connection between daily life and God, with a few chuckles thrown in, because really, laundry and the Lord . . . who would have ever put them together?
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo
“The humanity of The One to Come, the Traveler, is brilliantly captured and as the reader follows the journey that Jesus makes with his disciples, they uncover the depth of the man that He was. This novel presents Jesus as a man rooted in the culture of His time, dealing with tiredness, experiencing poverty and the yoke of political oppression, and a lot more…
“The novel features many biblical references to substantiate the stories, and Alice V. Walters does an impeccable job in exploring the heart of Jesus, writing with intelligence about his relationships and his manner of dealing with the challenges he faced every day. Behind the Halo: Exploring the Humanity of Jesus will not only entertain readers but inspire them to see Jesus as likable and closer to their reality and to deepen their perspective of Him. I enjoyed the author’s deft handling of the characters, allowing the traits of Jesus’ companions to come out strongly in the narrative. “