I grew up in a fundamentalist church culture that demanded outward performance, to the detriment of genuine faith. Because my brain didn't work like other Christians I knew, I learned to blend in and keep my mouth shut.
Secrets, Book 1 in the Beauties from Ashes series, and the first book published by new Christian author Beckie Lindsey, focuses on the separate yet intertwined stories of four teenage girls, Krystal, Sadie, Tammi and Mackenzie, who all attend the same high school.
As of late, I have been enjoying traveling the world. Maybe not traveling as much as experiencing the world through the articles of people, places, and food found in Christopher Kimble’s Milk Street Magazine. And in my journeys, I have learned many things and found some great recipes.
Last week, several news sources, including The Guardian, reported a shocking comment allegedly made by Pope Francis. The Vatican quickly shifted into full-blown crisis management and scrambled to contain the fallout and take counteractive measures (see article in the National Catholic Reporter).