Book Review:: Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith

Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith ruined me.  See, I have this preconceived notion about missionaries—that they all wear ethnic garb and have 10 kids (because there’s nothing else to do on the mission field when you’re not evangelizing or translating the Bible into native languages.)  Or they’re single women who never got married. Continue reading “Book Review:: Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L. Smith”

I [finally] met Philip Yancey!

Isn’t the crazed fan look on my face oh-so endearing? I already made this my new Facebook profile pic! A dear friend informed me that Philip Yancey was speaking at Messiah College—a mere two hours away from the Lehigh Valley.  Well, as you can imagine, I was all a’twitter (and I Twittered) with excitement.  OfContinue reading “I [finally] met Philip Yancey!”

Take 5 with author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey is a lot of things—a “writer’s writer” who has received awards, accolades, and praise for his books.  He is also the editor-at-large for Christianity Today.  His vulnerable and personal writings have touched the lives of over 15 million people.  To be sure, Philip Yancey is gargantuan in the writing world. But that’s notContinue reading “Take 5 with author Philip Yancey”

Amy’s Favorite Things (Take that, Oprah!)

By Amy Sondova Every year, Oprah Winfrey features a few of her favorite things on her daytime talk show (“Oprah’s Favorite Things“) and then adorns the audience with each and every one of her favorite things.  Well, I’m not Oprah, and therefore, cannot give all Backseat Writer’s readers samples of everything that I adore.  ButContinue reading “Amy’s Favorite Things (Take that, Oprah!)”

Life is Better with Lists

Death has a way of making us appreciate life. Not our own deaths, of course, but the deaths of our loved ones. Today (July 31) marks the third anniversary of my grandmother’s death. The interesting thing about my grandmother is that she was so afraid to do things, like drive a car or “upset” someone.Continue reading “Life is Better with Lists”

Philip Yancey’s Healing Pen

My favorite writer in all the world is Philip Yancey…and if you check my MySpace, he’s one of the two people I most want to meet. But really, he’s the person I most want to meet. Why? Because Yancey’s writing has profoundly affected my life, my thoughts, and my writing. The Jesus I Never KnewContinue reading “Philip Yancey’s Healing Pen”

Why Bad Nativities Are Funny

I am apalled by “Jesus Junk”. I’ve blogged about this in the past (read here) and to this day, I have to laugh when I see merchandise that cheapens God. For example, a perennial favorite of mine has to be Bobblehead Jesus, one of which is owned by my buddy, Gman. He bought BHJ whileContinue reading “Why Bad Nativities Are Funny”