A Deafening Silence

Silence can be deafening. It can fill a whole room, a whole body, a whole heart. It’s a lonely, depressing ache that goes on and on.  How I wish for the breath to say something, to find words, to hear my voice. The silence is emptiness and emptiness is deadly, dark and meaningless. Silence, forContinue reading “A Deafening Silence”


“I’m tired.  I’m worn.  My heart is heavy from the work it takes to keep on breathing…” The lyrics to Tenth Avenue North’s latest radio single, “Worn,” seemed alien to me a week ago. What a difference a week makes. The thread holding me together unraveled when my foot doctor told me that I wouldContinue reading “Worn”

Sometimes Hope Comes in Cardboard

Today I’m a mess of tears and self-pity.  I miss my dog and my mom.  (Note: my dog, Cassie, died.  My mom didn’t die, but she did get married and move an hour away.)  My foot aches so I’m “resting” it.  There are boxes scattered all over the living room–stuff to get rid of, sell,Continue reading “Sometimes Hope Comes in Cardboard”

Open your ears to Wes Pickering’s Hope with music video!

Earlier this month indie singer/songwriter Wes Pickering released his fifth studio album simply titled Hope.  Spending much of 2011 working on the songs for his album, Hope is the best yet from this artist!  You can learn more about Wes, find out about tour information (he’s currently on a Christmas tour with Josh Wilson), andContinue reading “Open your ears to Wes Pickering’s Hope with music video!”

Book Review:: Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson

“What is one thing you feel you can’t say in church?”  It’s a question author Anne Jackson posed on her blog, receiving a worldwide response.  Readers mailed hundreds of confessions, some artistic, some simply written on index cards to Jackson who cataloged the responses on PermissionToSpeakFreely.com.  Jackson uses these artistic avowals along with essays andContinue reading “Book Review:: Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson”

Book Review:: Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher + Giveaway!

While well-written, Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher was, well, typical.  The book amounts to a “Christian Soup for the Soul” story about a woman who adopted an emaciated Australian Shepherd mix.  The bits about the dog, Mia, and her relationship with owner Laurie wereContinue reading “Book Review:: Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher + Giveaway!”

Take 5 with The Glorious Unseen

On a day of heavily anticipated new releases, The Glorious Unseen’s sophomore project, The Hope That Lies In You (BEC Recordings) could easily be overlooked, which is precisely why Backseat Writer is choosing to highlight this amazing album.  The Glorious Unseen’s music can technically be defined as worship, but it doesn’t let loose with theContinue reading “Take 5 with The Glorious Unseen”

Maybe We’re All Depressed

While politicians like to talk of big things like terrorist attacks and global warming and where to put the rest of the $350 gazillion of bailout money, my friends and loved ones seem to talk of something else–depression.  Since I’m been open about my battles with that and anxiety the past few weeks, others haveContinue reading “Maybe We’re All Depressed”

The Rugged Path

The other day I blogged about how the day after a long holiday (especially after Christmas/ New Year’s) is gray and mushy; I failed to mention that this time of year is particularly difficult for me in other ways, too.  The past few years I’ve had the after-Christmas/is-the-sun-ever-gonna-shine-again blah’s.  Three years ago, I was givenContinue reading “The Rugged Path”

Post on Cutting :: Secret Under the Sleeve

I haven’t written about one of the topics close to my heart in a while–cutting and self-injury. Truth be told, it’s not a particularly easy topic for me to cover. There’s always that lion of temptation that haunts me even now, so I do have to be careful how much time I devote to writingContinue reading “Post on Cutting :: Secret Under the Sleeve”