My books…

Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life (2018)

Idleness. Apathy. Restlessness. Procrastination. These are symptoms, of what early Christian theologians called despondency (acedia), a spiritual sickness rooted in a lack of care or effort. A condition as old as the ancients, despondency thrives in today’s culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. . . In regaining the sacredness of time, we re-encounter the Resurrection of Christ in the dark and restless moments of our lives.

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Under the Laurel Tree: Grieving Infertility with Saints Joachim and Anna (2019)

Infertility ranks among the hardest griefs a couple can face. Yet this painful issue is all too often neglected in both Church and society. Under the Laurel Tree traces one God-fearing couple’s journey through the emotional turmoil of childlessness. By following the story of Saints Joachim and Anna, this book helps individuals and couples navigate the loss inherent in infertility amid the pain of shame, separation, anger, bargaining, and blamelessness. In walking alongside Joachim and Anna, we encounter not only a life-giving template for grief, but also the path back to ourselves, our partner, and our God-given vocation of eucharistic thanksgiving.

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A Journal of Thanksgiving (2020)

Throughout Scripture and patristic writings, Christians are consistently enjoined to give thanks to God in all things. But it can be easy to forget to give thanks on a daily basis, especially in times of trial. This journal contains an inspiring quotation for each day of the year, plus space to record brief thanksgivings for three years in a row. With a consistent practice of giving specific thanks to God each day of the year, you will see your life transformed.

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What to read if you liked Time and Despondency…

Like T&D, these books address difficult areas of the spiritual life in ways that are meaningful yet conversational, poignant yet practical, timeless yet timely.

My top 10 favorite books about writing…

A curated list of my current faves when it comes to writing. (I’m always reading about writing and finding new favorites, so this list changes!)

My top 10 favorite nonfiction books about time…

The books that have most infused my thinking and writing about time with a sense of wonder and historical curiosity…

My top 10 favorite fiction books about time…

These books have made me be more mindful of time–its mystery, its beauty, its sadness.
NOTE: I’ve placed these books in order of difficulty from easiest to hardest, since the last few books in particular can be challenging for people unfamiliar with the writing styles of those authors.