susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

Why summer camp is magic

A couple days ago, my husband and I popped in on the summer kids' camp that our church runs. Going is a little luxury we give ourselves as the camp founders, even though we no longer have the pleasure of working there all week. When I was serving at kids’ camp, it was...

Books you should take on vacation

It’s summertime. To a book nerd, summer means extra time for reading. To a teacher, it means reading all the books you want to read instead of all the books you have to read. To a literary hound like me, summertime brings an increase in novel-reading in particular....

Is the Qur’an an alternate Bible?

I read the Qur’an last week. It is quite a different experience from reading the Bible, which I’ve read countless times and somehow always want to read again. As a Christian, why should I write about the Qur’an and the Muslim faith? Isn’t it dangerous to read sacred...

7 tips for having great devotions

I have a confession. Sometimes I don't have devotions (i.e. read my Bible and pray). Even for days. I'll listen to Christian radio and quote verses to myself. I'll even read inspirational memes and re-post them. I'll meditate. But I've been at this long enough to...

What I’m thinking about on Memorial Day

Most people I know are happy about Memorial Day, There’s no school, no work, and probably some beach or pool time. They throw burgers on the grill and spend the day in the sun. But that’s not what I’m thinking about on Memorial Day. I think about a naval surveillance...

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