Bible Verses for Comfort in Grief: Podcast Interview

Are you looking for Bible verses for comfort in grief? If so, I hope this podcast interview I recorded with Katie M. Reid from the Martha + Mary Show will be an encouragement to you: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN   In it, we both read a few of our favorite Bible verses for comfort in grief, including: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)...

17 Sympathy Gift Ideas: Unique Bereavement Gifts for Someone Who Lost a Loved One

Looking for sympathy gift ideas? Here are several unique bereavement gifts for someone who lost a loved one. PIN THIS: Some affiliate links have been used in this post   Gift cards, meal vouchers, or "grief groceries" Consider giving a gift card or meal voucher, such as a gift card to a grocery store, Amazon, Panera, Starbucks, or another local restaurant. Alternatively, you could place an online order for groceries at a local store and have them delivered to your grieving friend’s home.   Memory bear If you're looking for a meaningful, sentimental gift, this Bereavement Bear by...

Introducing TWO New Books! {Letters to Grief and 101 Prayers for Comfort in Difficult Times}

I've been keeping a secret, and it's time to finally let it out! Remember those DoubleMint gum commercials? Well this announcement feels a bit like one of those, because I'm thrilled to share that I have not one but TWO new books now available! Introducing Letters to Grief: Finding Healing and Comfort in Your Loss AND 101 Prayers for Comfort in Difficult Times.   CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE     ABOUT LETTERS TO GRIEF Letters to Grief may sound like a familiar title to you. If so, it's because I self-published an earlier version several years ago. The original letters are still...

When is the Right Time to Share Your Story?

Whenever I speak on the topic of sharing your story, I inevitably get asked the questions, “How do I know it’s the right time to tell my story? What if I’m still living it? What if other people are involved in the story and they’re still alive and part of my life?” What do we do in those situations? What if our stories involve us being hurt by others? What if telling our story would risk damaging relationships? What if we’re still in a dark, difficult season and the emotions involved with our story are just too raw? What then? The following is an excerpt from the book, Share Your Story:...

Bad Reasons to Share Your Story

If you feel compelled to share your story, it's always important to pause and first ask yourself why. There are numerous good and even great reasons to share your story . . . but there are also some bad reasons to share your story that may sneak into your heart and mind without you even realizing it right away. At least, that's what happened to me. +++ The following is an excerpt from the book, Share Your Story: The Transforming Power of Telling Others What God Has Done: Before my memoir, A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging, released, I sincerely believed I wrote the book in...

31 Books by Authors of Color

Welcome to the series, 31 Books by Authors of Color. This series is written in conjunction with the 2022 edition of the annual 31-Day Writing Challenge, hosted by Five Minute Friday. Learn more about the challenge here.     Within the 31-Day Writing Challenge, I offer an optional list of 31 one-word writing prompts for people to use throughout the month. Below is the list of prompts used as my Table of Contents for this series. I'll be posting my brief reviews for each of the 31 Books by Authors of Color on my personal Instagram profile. You can find me @katemotaung. As the...

All That We Carried: Book Review

I adored Erin Bartels' first book, We Hope for Better Things. It was gorgeous. As soon as I saw that her second book released, I snatched it up and devoured that one as well. While very different from her first novel, The Words Between Us was also delightful. So when I saw the announcement that her third novel was scheduled to release soon, I jumped at the opportunity to review an advance copy of All That We Carried. Affiliate links used in this post. Firstly, don't you just love the artwork on this cover?     All That We Carried by Erin Bartels is a novel about two very...

Books about Racial Equality and Racial Justice

Reading books (or listening to audio books) is a wonderful way to learn more about different perspectives, and to broaden your understanding of the experiences of other people. If you're looking to learn more about racial issues, here are some of my favorite books about racial equality and racial justice, listed in the order that I would recommend reading or listening to them.     Disclosure: Affiliate links have been used in this post, which means if you choose to click through to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.    The Myth of...

Bible Verses for Cancer Patients

At the end of 2019, my uncle was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo seven weeks of inpatient treatment at a cancer treatment center about three hours away. I didn't know if I would see him while he was gone, but I wanted to do something meaningful to encourage him during that difficult, uncertain time. So, I came up with 49 Bible verses for cancer patients and created handmade Bible verse cards for him to take with him -- one for each day he'd be away. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and again in 2007, the Word of God carried me through her diagnosis and eventual...

50+ Books by People of Color

Dear Fellow Reader, I believe in the power of words. I believe words can tear down, and words can build up. I also believe that both death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). In 2017, I was convicted by the fact that the vast majority of the books I read were written by white authors. So, in 2018 I intentionally read more books by people of color. However, I’m embarrassed to admit that out of the 12 books I read in 2018, only five were authored by people of color. I’m even more embarrassed to admit that I did not carry the same goal or intentionality into 2019. Of...

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