Breaking the Marriage Idol

Who doesn’t love a creepy wedding photo on the cover of a book? In Breaking the Marriage Idol, evangelical professor Kutter Callaway challenges American Christians to develop a new “theological anthropology,” or vision of who we are as people and what a good life looks like. Tearing down the…

Get your family name game on

I’ll be back to Maine next week for Thanksgiving with my husband’s folks. It should be fun. The day after Amos and I got married, I met my new Aunt Beth. She brought out a long genealogy that outlined my husband’s mother’s family’s place in the world. These, of course, are…

Bailing out the American economy

Steven Gray’s article, Can the Black Middle Class Survive, has stuck with me. I remember his excellent work as a reporter on Detroit for TIME magazine. Yet after a painful layoff, he lays out the challenges that middle-class Blacks faced in the recent economic tremors of America: the average black household’s wealth fell by more than…

Wedding traditions in America

Having written on Kazakh weddings for American readers, I’d also like to cover a Real American wedding for my Kazakh readers. Three months after the Kazakh wedding, I attended a family wedding in America. (See also the way comedian Stephen Colbert officiated a wedding this week, in the wake of the American government shutdown: here and here.)…

Nor Brass, nor stone, nor books

“What are those? We don’t watch movies.” “What?” Lianne asked, distracted. She was supposed to be sorting, and there was a pile of videos on her left — of Anne’s first birthday, Jake’s second … Christmas? “Who’s Jake?” Lianne paused. Anne turned to look up at her, startled. “Shh!”…