Author: Cara Strickland

A Letter about White Privilege

Dear Cara,   Remember the first time you heard the word privilege? You were little, and there was something that you’d done or didn’t do. As a consequence, you lost some privileges. For a short time, life was more limited,…

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Interview with Patricia Raybon, Author of My First White Friend

A couple of years ago, I was in charge of curating a shelf on race at a local bookstore. I was excited about the project, but wasn’t sure where to begin. I reached out to people I knew who were…

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Interview with Carol Howard Merritt, Author of Healing Spiritual Wounds

It took me about three minutes after receiving Carol Howard Merritt’s new book Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church to realize it was a book for me. It took me seconds longer to…

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Interview with Amy Peterson, Author of Dangerous Territory

I’ve been following Amy Peterson’s writing for a long time, so I know the current parts of her story much better than the ones found in her first book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World, which releases…

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Interview with Brandon Hatmaker, Author of A Mile Wide

This month, we’ve made a point of curating essays and conversations around the idea of “the other.” With this in mind, I interviewed Brandon Hatmaker, whose ministry, along with his wife, Jen, has long focused on the homeless, the marginalized,…

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When Eating is a Spiritual Act

When you awake in the morning to find the sun has gone missing, the cloud cover seems so absolute, you wonder if it will return. Walk down the stairs, or down the hall, and put on the kettle. Switch on…

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Jane the Married Virgin and the Effects of Purity Culture

I’ve been watching Jane the Virgin since season one, enjoying the improbable telenovela story of a virgin who is artificially inseminated, having a baby long before she gets married or has sex. As a Catholic, saving sex for marriage is…

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Interview with Esther Emery | What Falls from the Sky

I’ve followed Esther Emery’s work for several years, and appreciated her as both a writer and a friend. She has a habit of challenging me to think outside the box and this book, a memoir of a year in her…

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Coloring My Prayers

When adult coloring books starting hitting the market, I was one of the first to think they were cool. I believed easily that they would help with stress, that a little time with some crayons or colored pencils might calm…

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Harry Potter and the Complexities of Adulthood

I didn’t want to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My friends posted about it on Facebook, and it stared at me from large posters at Barnes and Noble. Amazon suggested it to me relentlessly. But I resisted.  …

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