I’ve always been hesitant to make a list like this, mostly because when I was a new blogger trying so hard to get my name out there, lists like this felt so personally cruel. I’d read them, every time, looking for my name, and when I didn’t find it, it would absolutely ruin my day.
So to all of you lovely bloggers who are so faithfully sharing your thoughts, please know that I value you. And if you write things that you think will resonate with my readers, please send them to me! I limit my online reader purposefully in favor of books, so please let me know what you’re working on!
In the meantime, here are a few sites that I love and that will hopefully resonate with you.
I’ve known Ed Cyzewski for a long time in the blog world, and he does great and faithful work. The Contemplative Writer is my favorite project of his yet. From the About page: “You’ll find invitations to practice Christian spirituality and prompts or tips for both prayer and writing. The premise of this site is that writers of faith who care for their souls will cultivate a haven that will make their writing more focused, grounded in God’s calling, and professionally sustainable.” So grateful for this site and for Ed’s words.
Micha Boyett doesn’t blog all that often anymore, but when she does, it’s exquisite. She started off writing about the overlap between monastic work and motherhood, but since then, her blog, like mine, has evolved to include the new beauties, complexities and realities of her life, including parenting a child with Down syndrome. Beautiful woman, beautiful words.
If you connect with my voice, you’ll probably really like Emily P. Freeman too. The tagline of her blog is “creating space for your soul to breathe,” and that’s exactly how I feel every time I read her words. Like I’m taking a deep, healing breath.
For those of you looking for a little direction parenting your children from the uneven ground of a shifting faith, this site is so helpful. The resources and ideas that Cindy Brandt brings to the table are always great food for thought, and her words have helped give me some language for talking about faith with my own kids.
Off the Page is the home of the “Ask Addie” column, but they also have really great blog posts from some of my favorite online writers. I appreciate the mix of topics and approaches to faith that they present here and the ways that they’re seeking to create space for authentic faith conversations.
I appreciate SheLoves Magazine for its focus on justice and transformation. Their goal is to empower women to transform the world “by sharing our stories with each other six days a week, learning, growing, encouraging each other and coming alongside the dreams God puts in individual women’s hearts.” I always find challenging and encouraging words in this space.
Good Letters is the blog of Image Journal, which is one of my favorite faith-based literary magazines. Because of that, you’ll find blog posts that are a little bit more literary in nature here, which can be a nice change in the online space. Some of my favorite faith writers and poets writer here, and I’m always thankful for their good words.
Not a faith blog so much, but a wealth of great insights, quotes, and articles about creativity from artists and thinkers across the board. From the about page: “The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas.”
I love Anne Bogel’s book recommendations and the way she puts a “modern spin on timeless women’s issues.” I always come away from this site with something useful and practical — whether it’s a new book to check out, a new way to schedule my mornings, or a new thought for my work. She also has a podcast — What Should I Read Next? — which I haven’t listened to yet (I’m not a huge podcast person) but which I hear is great!
Upwrite Magazine is a blog about writing, craft, art, and faith — so basically all the things I love best. It’s unique in its commitment to process in a world that is so often obsessed with product. I particularly love their attention to “craft care.” A beautiful project and a great blog to bookmark.