Jun 132017
 

I review a book once in a while on BoWilliams.com, but I can’t recall ever posting a “pre-review” before I’m done with it, as I’m doing right now with Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak by Leila Miller.

My parents divorced in February 1982. I was not quite 11 years old. My younger sister had just turned 8. It was easily the most significant event of my childhood, and I have many memories of the way things were before vs. the way they were after. Furthermore, I have strong opinions on it—some longstanding, others more recently formed.

It’s rather difficult to write or talk about it without sounding self-pitying, and to a significant degree I sympathize with those who would say so. We play the cards we’re dealt.

But this book is also an important counter to a lot of “progressive” thought that says things like concern about children should be an input into the decision, though perhaps not a primary one. Or, my favorite: “kids are resilient.” Yes, kids bounce back because for the most part, human beings bounce back—but that doesn’t mean they’re the same.

The book is not fun to read (how could it be?). I am nevertheless enjoying it because I’m finding kindred spirits saying things I completely understand—and in a few cases, vocalizing thoughts I’ve always had but never expressed.

More to come in a full review soon.

 Posted by at 11:27 am
Jun 092017
 

“God has called me here and he’s done so for a reason. So I know he’s going to do incredible things.” – Sarah Harmening

The Mt. Zion Baptist Church bus crash in Atlanta yesterday couldn’t have hit much closer to home. The church is right in our neighborhood; the people onboard, our friends and neighbors. It was a mission trip to Botswana for high school juniors and seniors.

Sarah Harmening, who died in the crash, was the 17-year-old daughter of an old friend of Lea’s. Her mother shared the last page of her journal, showing what was on her mind and heart just minutes before she went to be with Jesus.

Her mother later commented on Facebook that she was certain God would get tremendous spiritual service from her daughter.

God bless all of these young people who set out to be the hands and feet of Christ. God be with all of those hurting in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church family.

 Posted by at 3:32 pm
Jun 072017
 

The boys and I were recently discussing one of the terror acts committed against civilians in the name of Islam—in this case, a shooting attack. “Of course it’s always important to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, but I’m not particularly worried about that kind of thing happening here.” “Why not, Dad?” “Because as […]

 Posted by at 12:18 pm
May 022017
 

Longtime readers know I’m a big advocate for remaining faithful to your spouse. I got a little spun up on it late last week and needed to do something with my agitation, but it actually played rather well into a larger post series I’m preparing. So I’m thankful for that too. And it’s got me […]

 Posted by at 5:01 pm

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