books


When It’s Time To Slow 4

It’s been wild at LuitHaus lately. School started, in staggering steps, for my three, all in different stages and with differing amounts of excitement and trepidation. We ended three years of homeschool with a mighty whimper, and we are happy to have to had that experience, and a little melancholy […]


You Find Me Offensive? 3

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini begins with a sort of lushly sentimental tale that is just enough tinged around the edges that I am not completely surprised when the idyllic woodsy house where Mariam is raised gives way to war-torn homes in Kabul, Afghanistan. I wasn’t totally surprised […]


Assume the Critique Position 1

  My novel Seven Days in May will be available in paperback and ebook on March 1. In the meantime, it is in the hands of a delicate and gentle friend who is combing the work for mistakes and confusing text and weird timeline glitches. Thank goodness for gentle friends […]


Choking on Mana 4

When We Were on Fire, by my dear friend Addie Zierman, is available today and I could not be more excited for her, for you, for your chance to read her finely wrought words. Addie is not just a stellar storyteller. She is honest about her faith foibles and quick […]


Reading Southern 1

The books. The books I read when I was pregnant with all three of my babies told me: breastfeed*, trust yourself, and read to your babies. Those are still my top three bits of advice for expectant parents. Books are integral around these here parts. When my kids get excited […]


The Perfect Metaphor is Like… 1

Image courtesy: Jane Austen Film Club “It is astonishing what a different result one gets by changing the metaphor! Once call the mind an intellectual stomach, and one’s ingenious conception of the classics and geometry as ploughs and harrows seems to settle to nothing. But then it is open to […]


The Identity Liar

“Don’t believe anything Joy says.  She lies,” Mama would tell people throughout my childhood, whether they listened or not.  For Southern Baptists in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, what you did defined who you were.  Maybe that’s still true today.  I don’t know.  But it certainly was the “truth” then.  Good […]