• Real Men Don't Text

    Real Men Don’t Text Book Club

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    I’ve received several emails from people saying how great Real Men Don’t Text is to talk through as a group. One group even invited me to join them for their last study. How fun! If you are in a book club, at a college, in a Bible study, a youth leader, a mom in a […]

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    Forgiveness Won’t Fix Your Toxic Relationship

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    I recently had coffee with a victim of an emotionally abusive relationship. Every time she was ready to leave him after an outburst, he would return the next day and apologize profusely, sometimes with flowers or big displays of affection, begging her for forgiveness. After her somewhat unemotional description of his violent behavior, she asked […]

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    16 Things Every Woman Should Know How to Say to a Man

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The worst thing a woman can be in a relationship? Silent. But the art of expressing ourselves in living words, not typed ones, proves increasingly challenging. Here are 16 things I, like many of you, wish I learned to say to a man right as I came of age instead of a decade too late. […]

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    Are You Wearing Text Goggles?

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    As a millennial, I understand the appeal of the text message. It’s easy, convenient, non-threatening, and can be ignored. I have texted guys to suggest a hang out when I hadn’t heard from them in a while; I have received tweets, texts, and emails from men for last-minute ‘dates’ that never seemed to work out […]

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    When God gives her a husband and you’re still single

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Her email landed in my inbox just after 2am. “How could God give her a husband and not me?  I’ve gone home alone a million times when she went home with a guy. I’ve waited and saved myself for my husband and she hasn’t. She’s cleaned up her act recently but she’s only spent 6 […]

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    Men: This is How You Ask Her Out

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Real Men Don’t Text is officially available today everywhere books are sold! Michael wrote this post for the men out there who want to date differently, but don’t know where to start.  Spoiler alert: it will start with a plan and a phone call. When I was in high school and college, the easiest (read: […]

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    Real Men Don’t Text Book Cover

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Check out our cover! Real Men Don’t Text will be at a bookstore near you in September. Michael & I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Just a few more weeks until we’re done with edits. I want to squeal in anticipation of not seeing 5am, or sitting in front of a […]

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    The Separation of Church and Hate

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    It was one of those tough moments where the air feels oppressive and you start to sweat. A good friend sat across from me on my couch, fumbling with her rings. She had just broken the news to me: “I’m getting a divorce”. It felt weighty, even unbelievable. As she sat on my couch and […]

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  • Girl Hiding

    Your Body is Not the Problem

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

    “Those high-school girls . . . they dress so slutty,” she said and then casually chuckled and added, “It’s a battlefield for men out there.” My entire body felt tingly and hot, as I sat quietly. I didn’t quite know why her words prompted such a strong response inside me, but I excused myself to […]

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  • Celebrate

    Learning to Celebrate

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    “The slight turn of seasons reminds me of last fall, and it strikes me that my life has changed almost beyond recognition since then. In the process of breaking my heart, life or God or something — not that I don’t believe God moves in these ways, I just don’t want to immediately blame Him […]

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Aug
7

Big Decisions, Olympics, Chocolate Ice Cream, and Dreams Come True

I made a big decision that summer. My parents gave me the choice to go back to camp with my old friends or go to camp earlier in the summer—with all new people—so I could be home to watch the 1996 Olympics. In my hometown.  For an 11-year-old who did not easily make friends coupled […]

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community
Aug
1

How do you call yourself a Christian?

If they knew my inadequacies, struggles with sin, and who I really am— Oh they’d never love me. In college, I was riddled with fear over people finding out ‘the real me’.  At times, I still am. I wear masks of self-sufficiency and carefree elation. I want everyone to know that I’m a sinner, but […]

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beautiful woman
Jul
30

Will He come? | A Story of Forgotten Past

She ran. Adrenaline pumping. Darkness. Heavy footsteps behind reminded her what was at stake. What do they want from me? Why are they chasing me?  Slam. A mysterious man grabbed her arm thrusting her body against the cold pavement. The next moments were all shadows–voices took her pursue, stripped her naked, and kicked her as […]

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China
Jul
24

I’ll See You Again | A Salvation Story

When I first met her in China, she was quietly studying on a bench at the local college campus. Her dark skin glistened even in the shade of the tree. As I walked over to her, I found myself wondering if she stepped off the pages of National Geographic. Occasionally, people come into our lives […]

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Jul
16

A Single Man’s Perspective on Women Searching for Love

  Today’s guest post is from one of my male readers who prefers to remain anonymous. Read this post! A perfect way to start your morning—with a renewed perspective of compassion and grace from a godly single man (ahem—they do exist). I could share this with you all day long, but coming from a man—it […]

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boat in a storm
Jul
13

A Broken Engagement and a God Who Changes Hearts

  Today’s post gave me chills. How good our God is who never gives up on us and relentlessly pursues our hearts! Felicia is our guest writer for today. She is currently pursuing a PhD in cancer research. Her story reminds me that we can never change mens hearts, only He can. God is always faithful […]

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breakup girl
Jul
12

Was He the One? | After the Breakup

Today’s guest post is from Amanda Altice. I’m so grateful for her vulnerbility and courage to share her story with us! She is a single mom of two beautiful daughters–Jordan and Taylor–and made an extremely tough decision to leave an abusive relationship and then leave a great man who after five years refused to commit. She […]

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heartbreak
Jul
11

After the Breakup | Finding Myself

Welcome to breakup week! Sounds incredibly depressing, but we’re sharing stories to give hope! Today’s breakup story is by my friend Ashley. When I asked for her bio, she replied in a sassy manner which she masters in her daily life, “The girl that sits two cubes away from you.” Ashley is my go-to when […]

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Breakup
Jul
8

Achy-Breaky Hearts | On Moving On

I snatched my phone off the bedtime table, silenced the alarm, and slinked back under the covers. I don’t want to be human today. I don’t want to function. I can’t function. My boyfriend Jacob and I broke up the week before and the ending of our relationship made my heart hurt in places I’d […]

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Jul
5

“Do You Have a Boyfriend?” | A Guest Post

Today’s post will resonate with many of my single readers. How often do people ask about your relational status and make you feel like that is the entirety of who you are? I’m thrilled Krista wrote in with this guest post today. Bio: Krista McKinney is a Nashville native currently living in Texas. Her newest […]

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