“I am not failure.” Guest Post: Michele Cushatt


We all struggle with identity—who we are, why we are, and what we have to offer the world. (Lord knows I’ve struggled, which is why I wrote this book). About the time we find a scrap of worth or significance, something happens to make us fully aware of how much we lack. A harsh word. […]

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3-1 Mary DeMuth (me!)


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rspS3_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week I’m sharing a very vulnerable story–the time I visited the place where I was raped at five years old. This pilgrimage happened right after Christmas last year, and this is the first time I’m publicly talking about it. (I shared a bit […]

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Happy Birthday, Aidan!


I’m grateful to be a mother of a son. It’s true all they say about a mother’s bond with a son. It’s unique. It’s sweet. It’s full of heart. My middle child (now six foot four of him) is twenty-one now–facial haired and wise. He is responsible, dedicated, and lighthearted. He loves his friends well. […]

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Is the American Church about the Gospel?


Recently, I remembered a piece I dissected in college, a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne entitled, “The Celestial Railroad.” It’s a parody, of serious sorts, about Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress, where in enlightened modern times, folks have taken to bypass such nonsense as a walking journey to the Celestial City in favor of a new railroad. […]

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2-20 Paul Lanum


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rspS2_20.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPaul Lanum works at Right Now Ministries that creates and curates Christian content for the church. He’s Vice President of Publishing and Conferences. My daughter Sophie works there as well, and Paul is her amazing boss. I’m so excited to introduce you to him. […]

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Why you need a personal manifesto


A few weeks ago on the Restory Show, Kathi Lipp shared about creating her own personal manifesto. She very kindly offered to give away the how-to. So I took her up on her generous offer and downloaded the very easy to follow instructions. I poured over her (and Cheri Gregory’s) words, then augmented with some […]

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2-19 – Aaron Graham


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rspS2_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAaron Graham is the pastor of The District Church in Washington D.C. He’s got some amazing stories to tell today on the Restory Show, and I can’t wait for you to hear them. He lives in DC with his wife and two children. How […]

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Wife, Receive that Compliment


“You’re beautiful,” my husband Patrick told me. But I didn’t believe him. Wouldn’t believe him is more like the truth. That simple exchange of compliment and deflection ate away at our marriage like lymphoma. After faithfully sharing those words for months, I noticed my husband’s silence. We had one of those talks—the hard ones where […]

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Launch your book with JOY


There were no courses on launching books when I started so many years ago. I had to learn on the fly how to promote my book, how to create a launch team, and when to schedule media. I know you must feel as I did back then–totally overwhelmed. There seems to be 123 things to […]

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2-18 – Anna Smit


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rspS2_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAnna Smit is one of the authors I met in Geneva last year at the writers intensive. She has a heart to see others set free because she has her own story of emancipation. Below is a picture of her, her daughter, and her […]

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