Author: Cara Strickland

Permission to Have Doubts with Andrea Lucado

Andrea Lucado has always been a person of faith. She grew up in Texas, the daughter of a pastor. Faith was one certain thing in her life. But when she moved to Oxford to complete her Master’s degree, suddenly, things…

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The Role of Therapy in the Christian Life

A mutual friend connected me to Laurel Justice, an artist and psychotherapist working in Colorado Springs. Laurel considers it a joy to journey with others to facilitate movement towards freedom and flourishing for each client. She counsels couples and individuals…

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Scared of Going to Hell with Maggie Rowe

I was saved nine times in second grade. I went to a fundamentalist Christian school and often after the Bible lesson, my teacher, Mrs. Clupper, would ask a simple question. “Would any students like to come up front and pray…

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

After I wrote “Therapy for Beginners,” I received an email from a reader who had noted that my current therapeutic relationship wasn’t my first, and that my first therapist wasn’t a good fit. She asked me what I looked for…

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Interview with Tanya Marlow About Living with Disability

I’ve been a reader of Tanya Marlow’s work for years and have always appreciated her great compassion and grace in the middle of difficult circumstances. Through the magic of the internet, I’ve gotten a chance to know her across an…

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Therapy for Beginners

I wish I had gone to therapy before I was suicidal. Even now, what I remember most is the fear. I was afraid of my destructive daydreams, but perhaps almost as afraid of seeking help from a mental health professional….

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God Has a Name, an Interview with John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer is a pastor in Portland, Oregon, and the author of four books. I caught up with him to talk about his most recent title: God Has a Name.   You can listen to our interview or read…

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Getting Used to Good News

Sometimes, I’m not sure I’m happy enough for Easter. When it comes around each year, I sing the alleluia’s that we have stopped saying during Lent, and I clap a lot and say, “He is risen indeed,” when I am…

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Serving God, Saving the Planet with Dr Matthew Sleeth

In my church growing up, we didn’t talk much about the environment, perhaps because we were focused on going to heaven. Dr. Matthew Sleeth’s book, Serving God, Saving the Planet, offers a different perspective, drawing on the Bible to make…

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Katelyn Beaty’s A Woman’s Place Interview

I’ve appreciated Katelyn Beaty’s work for years, as a woman, and perhaps especially as a fellow single woman (although I think that her writing is important far beyond that demographic). Her book A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your…

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