13 Traits of Predatory People


When we’re children, it’s nearly impossible for us to discern predators. They tend to be kind and interested in us. They’re experts at grooming. And when we’re in the throes of their abuse, it’s hard to even realize we’re being preyed upon. It’s often in retrospect that we can clearly see what they did and […]

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0020 – Dan Allender


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rsp020.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPODCAST ASIDE: This will be the last episode of Season One. We will resume with Season Two in September. I have some amazing stories lined up! … Dan Allender is one of my heroes. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to share him […]

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18 Reasons Why Julia Rocks!


Today is my daughter Julia’s birthday. She’s 18 years old. She’s a graduate, a friend, a daughter, a chef, a beautiful human being. Happy birthday, Julia! Here are 18 reasons why you rock! She is probably one of the most empathetic people I know. Similarly, she is keenly aware of people’s moods. She can read […]

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Very intriguing Stretch Goal


Today is the last day for the Restory Conference funding campaign. I’m so grateful that it’s been funded. Wow. Humbled doesn’t seem to convey how I feel. I’m grateful beyond words. Thank you to all of you who helped fund a dream. The campaign ends tonight at midnight. We’ve added one stretch goal–If we reach […]

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0019 – Shannan Martin


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rsp019.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSShannan Martin is a blogger and writer who is one of my favorite people. She and her husband live with their four children in northern Indiana. She is a delight, and I can’t wait for you to meet her. How Our Stories Intersected Shannan […]

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2000 Minutes of Action


Sexual abuse victims: trigger alert. Recently the news was ablaze of the travesty of justice for the Stanford swimmer (Brock Turner) who received a 6-month sentence for a brutal rape of an unconscious girl. She eloquently (and painfully) shared her story in a victim statement. Brock’s father lamented that his life was forever altered because […]

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0018b – Patrick DeMuth


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rsp018b.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWe interrupt Restory Show’s regular schedule to bring you a surprise interview with my favorite person: my husband Patrick. In this episode, you’ll learn more about him, how we met Christ (and later, me), what kind of adventures we’ve been on, and how we’re […]

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5 things joblessness taught me


Well, it’s not my joblessness. It’s my husband’s. We’ve been without his job since January now, and we’re learning so much. (Aside: As a writer, I don’t make enough to cover our expenses, so when he lost his job, it was particularly alarming). Oddly, and thankfully, I am grateful for this time. It’s helped me […]

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0018 – Richard Leakey


http://traffic.libsyn.com/restory/rsp018_-_Richard_Leakey.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSRichard Leakey and his family live in Burtigny, Switzerland. He not only manages the YWAM base there, but he also travels to parts of Africa, helping create sustainable farming practices in communities. How Our Stories Intersected Richard and I met in Switzerland, when I […]

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Today I Wish I Didn’t Have This Story


So this afternoon on a lazy Sunday, I was so tired after putting on a graduation party for our youngest yesterday, going to church today, then accompanying my girls on a quick outing, that all I wanted to do was take a nap. I turned on a show about justice. (First rookie move). It’s called […]

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