susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

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...

When Mother’s Day is hard

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and Mother’s Day is hard for me. It’s another chance for grief to probe into places that have healed over since the last emotive holiday. I miss my mom. I've been looking at pictures of her, and I am overwhelmed by the loss and the laughter....

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