Coming to Terms with Our Failures—Elizabeth Goudge Day 2019

It’s such a treat to get to share some Elizabeth Goudge with everyone each year. The Rosemary Tree is one of my favorites, now that I’ve finished it. I started it off thinking, “Wow, these characters are all pretty annoying and have so many issues.” But as it went on, I realized that Elizabeth had purposefully written them like that because she knows that all humans, including us, are like that. Books like this one are the reason I adore fiction: you start off thinking that the characters/plots are completely outside of you and your life, but then you realize that they’re really not—you can learn so much from fictional characters, and find pieces of yourself in them that you might have a hard time seeing or identifying otherwise.

I hope you enjoy this little snippet.

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By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

Miss Wentworth was talking again as she stacked the plates, though more to herself than him.

“Sometimes I wonder if the inherited weaknesses for which we are not responsible do not cause more trouble to ourselves and others than the sins for which we are responsible,” she said sadly.

Michael, filling her hot water bottle as though he had been doing it every day of his life for ten years, flinched but longed to comfort her. “Trouble, perhaps, but not injury,” he said slowly. “I mean, you may cause others a spot of bother by your weaknesses, perhaps, but coping with you may possibly increase their strength and sympathy. But if you sin deliberately, even if it seems only against yourself—well—you won’t be the only one to suffer. You may even be the one who suffers least.”

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A Response to “How Art Can Prepare You for Suffering” by Dustin Messer

Here’s what I love about art: It reminds the viewer of their own memories. Here’s the crazy thing about art: I am able to find pieces of myself (that I lost, that I rediscovered, that are new) in a flat image made up of chaotic drips and flailings of chemicals in random colors. In “How …

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8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 2: Facing Your “Bad” Friends

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By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

While we had some fun musing about our uplifting, healthy friendships in my last blog post about Michele Howe’s book Navigating the Friendship Maze, now it’s time to delve into the hard stuff: how to deal with friends who are bringing us down, who are corrupting our good natures, and whose relationship with us is on the rocks.

It’s hard enough to maintain good friendships as it is, let alone to do the hard work of analyzing whether or not your friendship is truly what it could or should be. While facing the difficult reality of friendships that are going poorly or are near destruction can feel incredibly isolating—who wants to cut off someone who used to be a source of joy and love in our lives!—Howe moves through this sensitive subject dexterously and with much intentionality. Here’s a peek into…

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How Science and Faith Coexist: A Review of Faith across the Multiverse

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By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

As someone whose interests have tended toward the arts and humanities for most of her life, I admit I was somewhat skeptical of the technical nature of the scientific concepts discussed in Andy Walsh’s book Faith across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science. What I was surprised to find, though, is the fun, upbeat, accessible way in which Walsh tackles some incredibly complex mathematical, physical, biological, and technological ideas. He takes these normally unapproachable concepts and not only makes them understandable, but also applies them to spiritual matters in the most relevant ways. He compares parables to parabolas, poems to equations, God’s existence to geometry, and more. What’s even crazier than these seeming paradoxes is that they actually work! In ways like never before, I experienced the Bible, Jesus Christ, and God’s ultimate sovereignty through the lens of science in Faith…

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8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 1: Signs of a “Good” Friend

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By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

Friendship is a complicated subject that I love to think about because of all the fascinating dynamics and emotions that go into finding and sustaining a true, deep friendship. As a result of my curiosity and excitement in regards to digging into the details of what makes a friendship a good one, you can imagine my glee at getting the chance to read Michele Howe’s book Navigating the Friendship Maze: The Search for Authentic Friendship. As I dove into Howe’s thoughtful advice, there were so many fascinating points that I could barely keep up! She attacks friendship head-on, addressing topics and issues I hadn’t thought of. She doesn’t evade the difficult and complicated matters of “bad” friends and gives sensitive advice on how to cut off unhealthy friendships. Not only that, but she discusses intimate details that friendships should possess in…

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Finding the Light When You’re in a Season of Despair: Wisdom in the Words of Elizabeth Goudge

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By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

This time what I went through was a double thing, two strands twisted together of black and gold. There was the bad thing, fear and darkness pressing in, and there was the glad singing of love, the “Yes, I will,” that is my song.

Elizabeth Goudge is a master of words, but even more than that she is a master of noticing and putting into writing the delicate human emotions that ring through our hearts but are rarely verbalized. As I discussed in a blog post about Towers in the Mist a year ago, Goudge deftly navigates moments that are intimately woven with pain and love. As the below excerpt shows, she does the same in The Scent of Water. However, this time I found myself taken not so much with the paradoxical nature of joy and sorrow in the human…

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