I'm an American living in Toronto. My husband and I, along with our five children, moved here in 2011, planning on a two- or three-year adventure. We're still here and quite naturally finishing our sentences with "eh?".
I published my first book, Teach Us to Want, in 2014. As the subtitle explains, it is a book that explores questions of “longing, ambition, and the life of faith.” Though I used to believe that desire was the thing to lead me off the proverbial cliff, I’m not so convinced anymore. I suppose you could say that I’m believing the promise of the gospel a little bit more everyday: that because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we are raised to walk in newness of life—even newness of desire. Teach Us to Want is a book that reflects on the Lord’s Prayer while telling my story as a wife and mother and writer.
I published my second book, Keeping Place, in 2016. Living as an ex-pat for several years, it’s probably no surprise that I would write a book to explore the longing for home. ‘Where’s home for you?’ is the question I feel least able to answer. Some people expect that a book about home, written by a woman, is a book for women. But I’d like to say that this book is for everyone who’s felt homesick in their lives. It’s a book that travels through the biblical narrative to recover a vision of the home we had and the home we lost. Most importantly, it leaves us with a hunger for the home to come when God repairs his broken world.
My third book, Surprised by Paradox, will release in May 2019. I’ve had a few friends scratch their head at the idea that I would write about something as abstract as paradox. But as I like to point out, my first two books are also about paradox: the caution and call of desire; the now and not-yet of home. This third book traces four themes in the Bible—incarnation, kingdom, grace, and lament—as a way of discovering some of the both-and tensions of Christian faith. In its essence, it’s a book about spiritual posture: about the humility required for following a God who hides and whose ways are often mystery.
But this is all to describe the work I do in the daytime hours when the house is emptied of backpacks and bodies. When the backpacks and bodies return, I play a host of other roles. Usually, I'm wearing an apron.