Author: Amy Peterson

Remember, You Are a Body

The film God Help the Girl, a musical drama of the band Belle and Sebastian, opens in a psychiatric hospital in Scotland. Eve, a budding songwriter, is being treated for anorexia and depression. In an early scene, her doctor shows…

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Paying Attention

Cutting the grass is a kind of prayer.   Last summer we moved to a house on two acres of prairie in rural Indiana, and we bought a riding lawn mower. It was embarrassing, really—we’d moved from Seattle, where all…

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God as Grandmother: Wearing God

It is hard for us to face a god who disappointed our childhood expectations. -Rabbi Wenig   My grandma died three years ago this week. She was not a cuddly, storybook sort of grandmother. She did not keep cookies in…

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Feeling Dried Up | An Excerpt of Dangerous Territory

The following excerpt comes from Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World by Amy Peterson. Click here for an interview with Amy about her book.   At the end of my second month teaching, I was a bundle…

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Wanting an Extraordinary Life

Growing up, Amy Peterson absorbed a message that she needed to do big things for God. A love for stories of missionaries changing the world for Jesus fueled her desire. After college, she traveled to Southeast Asia where she taught English…

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Silence and My Own Missionary Failure

The silence of God is too often ignored in missionary stories we tell in America. In fact, one of the only places I heard about it was in the book “Silence,” which I read in my twenties, trying to come…

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Tierra Bendita

Many pilgrims walk for miles. Some make the trek on their knees. We come by rental car, drive through the county with the highest rates of heroin use in North America, park in the shade just outside the holy place:…

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Understand Your Calling

Someone asked Amy Peterson recently what advice she would give to people navigating the transitions of the first few years after college. How do we live well in this season of our lives? In this series, Amy writes about physical, relational, and vocational wellness….

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Follow Your Friends

Someone asked Amy Peterson recently what advice she would give to people navigating the transitions of the first few years after college. How do we live well in this season of our lives? In this series, Amy writes about physical, relational, and vocational wellness….

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If I Had an Orchard

Read any article about millennials, and you’ll learn this: We were raised to believe that we are uniquely gifted and talented. We look for work not because we want to pay the bills but because we want to do something…

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