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Christine Hoover
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Speaking gospel truths to your honest thoughts
Speaking gospel truths to your honest thoughts

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What Our Children Will Remember About This Christmas
My happiest Christmas memory is the time each
year that my aunt Nancy directed my cousins and me in a reenactment of the
nativity. The youngest among us--a girl--was always baby Jesus, and as Mary, my
main job was not dropping her when I placed her in the m...
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My Favorite Books From 2017
There aren't many topics I could go on endlessly about, but when it comes to good books, count me in on that conversation. I'm never without a book, never without a plan of what's next on my list to read, never without a load of holds at the library, and ne...
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Hope Versus Hope
There are certain verses in the Bible that, in their beauty and phrasing, snatch my attention and curiosity every time I read them. One of those is a portion of Romans 4:18: In hope he believed against hope.  The "he" in the phrase is Abraham and the "hope"...
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NEW Friendship Resources: Bible Study Guide, Leader Guide, Discount Code, and More!
It's always a thrill to hear from women who are reading Messy Beautiful Friendship and finding it helpful. One of my favorite responses was from a reader who passed the book along to her mom, who also read it and was prompted to reconcile with a friend afte...
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How to Diagnose Your Discouragement
We sat in the sun and its heat beat down in the same way my heart beat up. I felt sunny, as if my heart were strolling along and whistling back at the optimistic blue sky. But my friend was a different kind of blue, and she told me why, and her tears sprang...
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When You're Lonely for a Friend
The sun shone bright in the kitchen the day I realized I had no
one I could call. Standing at the counter, slicing a pear into bite-sized
pieces for my 10-month-old firstborn, I’d instead sliced my finger. I stood
silent at the sink, letting water wash over...
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When Summer Ends and You Realize All of Life is Winter
Around this time every year, there's a tree that I obsessively observe as I circle the parking lot during school pick-up. The tree is a sugar maple, not especially tall but definitely round, with leaves that seem feminine and fragile in some inexplicable wa...
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Friendship and the Pastor's Wife: A Healthy Perspective
My husband and I have been in full-time
vocational ministry since the day we were married. People ask me what it’s like
to be a pastor’s wife, and I tell them I don’t know what it’s like to not be one. His calling colors every
part of my life in a way that’...
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The Invitation Inside the Feeling of Being Unseen
I first met Sara Hagerty at my friend Claire's house here in Charlottesville. I'd recently moved to the city, and Sara had recently moved away from Virginia, and I remember thinking I'd missed getting to know a treasure. In the years since, our mutual frien...
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The Day I Learned to Mourn
This summer, as I walked along the beach in Galveston, God invited me to lament the lamentable parts of my life. I'd just been reading a passage in a book about the practice of lament; I no longer remember the passage nor do I remember the exact book, but I...
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