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AuthorEmily Smucker

Emily Smucker decided to be a wandering freelance writer for a year, just to try it on for size. Currently she lives in Tennessee, but by the time you read this she’ll probably be in Ohio. If you want to know for sure, or if you just want to read more of her writing, check out her blog at emilysmucker.com.

5 Books to Get You Through a Never-Ending Pandemic

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This month, I set out to compile a list of book recommendations that vaguely capture the feeling of now: the world seems tilted, and we wonder when things will be normal again. I don’t know what it’s like in your area, but here in Oregon so many things are still closed down. I feel like I’m cooped up with no clear idea of when I’ll be able to travel and socialize freely again. Because of this, I...

How To Deal With Racism in Old Books

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One day, wanting a fun, easy read, I pulled a P.G. Wodehouse book off the shelf. P.G. Wodehouse was a British author who wrote hilarious, clever books, and they always cheer me up when I’m having a rough time. This particular book was titled Thank You, Jeeves, and was published in the 1930s. It followed two popular characters created by Wodehouse: Bertie Wooster, a rich British chap who’s always...

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Eight Tips for Reading Difficult Books

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I’ve never read Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. I’ve never read What’s So Amazing about Grace, by Philip Yancey, or Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Many people, over the years, have mentioned these books offhandedly as tomes that every person ought to read. But I haven’t. Because they seem difficult to me. Moby Dick seems difficult because I know it contains long, boring descriptions of whaling...

How to Start a Virtual Book Club

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Starting a Book Club When “Gathering” Is Difficult There are many reasons to start a book club. Maybe you love to read, and you want to participate in a book-focused social activity. Maybe you enjoy a unique genre of books, and you want to discuss them with somebody who understands. Or maybe you want to push yourself to read more, or read a wider variety of books, or read something that will grow...

Why the Drama? Learning to Navigate Guy-Girl Relationships

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Do you ever wonder why there’s so much drama surrounding relationships? Ever since the days of Adam and Eve, people have managed to fall in love, marry, and make things work. It shouldn’t be that complicated, right? After all, God knows who we’re supposed to marry. Can’t he work out all the logistics? Nevertheless, in the “crushing” stage of relationships, we tend to do dumb stuff that causes...

7 Tips to Finding Rest This Holiday Season

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The other day I found myself wandering through the aisles of Target, looking for the perfect gift for the $5 and under gift exchange I was having with my cool new friends. It had to be universally appealing to both guys and girls, and establish me as the sort of person who was fun, and had good taste, and so forth. “Ha! And you were planning to write an article about how to reduce holiday...

I Thought God Led Me Here–Why Would He Lead Me Out?

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Like many young people, I finished high school with only a vague notion of what God wanted me to do with my life. My interests in novel writing, acting, and fashion design were artsy and impractical. To further complicate matters, I struggled with a terrible chronic illness, so for a couple of years my entire focus was on getting healthy. And even then, I had to face the fact that I might never...

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