• 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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  • couple on a bench

    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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  • Texting

    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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  • Bride and bridesmaid

    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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journal
Sep
5

Your Story Must Be Told

“I can’t share my story.” “No one cares what I have to say.” “I’m under qualified.” “I’m too busy.” “It’s too late for me.” Are these excuses keeping you from telling your story? You have a story to tell. We all do. Whether it’s through sentences on a page, a song, a painting, a speech […]

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© 1978 ABC
Sep
3

Men: This is How You Ask Her Out

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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you are accepted
Aug
26

You are Worth Loving

Your friends are probably like mine in that they combat rejection with sayings like “You deserve better”; “You’re too good for him!”; “He’s crazy not to like ­you”—​­right? But rejection often makes us feel the ­opposite—​­like we are unworthy of love and will never be good enough for a man. Because if you have never […]

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how you date and who you date matters. no exceptions
Aug
21

Your Love Isn’t Changing Him | Excerpt from Real Men Don’t Text

In high school, I went to a party, and the guys standing outside made us spin around to make sure we “qualified” to come in. Was being “hot” enough to get into a party what it felt like to be loved? Was the guy who showered me with attention all night and asked me to […]

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Couple sitting
Aug
19

He’s Not Intimidated | Excerpt from Real Men Don’t Text

Michael speaks some great truth here to us women who love to make excuses for the men in our lives. It’s easier to make excuses than to admit that he just doesn’t like you, isn’t it? Ladies, men are simple, but you have spent centuries trying to understand ­us—​­when our intentions are generally clear. You […]

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Hospital Waiting Room
Aug
14

a belated mercy

There’s nothing quite like waiting at the hospital. The hurried nurses, the minutes that feel like hours, the sleeping loved ones slumped over in patterned chairs. The feeling of not knowing the outcome, the frenzied prayers, the walks down the hall to pass the time, the smells, the anxiety–all vaguely familiar, yet dreadful. Last week, […]

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Real Men Don't Text Launch Team
Aug
12

Will you join our launch team?

Calling all bloggers, Real Men Don’t Text fanatics, people with influence, and the like: we need your help! Even the best books won’t sell without the help of a people like you. If you are interested in helping us spread the word about Real Men Don’t Text and getting in on some freebies, please fill […]

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Invitation to Real Men Don't Text Launch party/booksigning
Aug
7

You’re Invited | Real Men Don’t Text Launch Party

Hi Friends, Wanted to extend an open invitation to each of you for our the Real Men Don’t Text launch party & book signing. If you plan to be in Nashville on September 5th here’s the link to RSVP: http://paperless.ly/1bLLcNV . We would absolutely love to meet and celebrate alongside you! I feel like we should have […]

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Man in Car, Manly Man
Jul
28

Real Men Wait for Sex | Excerpt from Real Men Don’t Text

  Today’s excerpt is from one of Michael’s chapters, Real Men Wait for Sex, in Real Men Don’t Text: I wish I could talk to the guy in your life and figure out his intentions, but an even clearer way to discern if he really likes you is ­to—​­take a deep ­breath—​­take sex off the […]

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Group of Men
Jul
24

Men, We Need You | Thoughts on the Vanderbilt Rape Investigation

After catching word of the recent Vanderbilt sex scandal in which four football players were dismissed for alleged sex crimes, I tuned in horror hoping, praying the team I’ve always supported wasn’t really involved. The names of the players were just released and the investigation is ongoing. Recent news quotes former Volunteers quarterback Erik Ainge […]

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