|Releasing May 3rd from Multnomah.|
Now these notes are few and far between. And as I click through my archives, I realize: I've said what I believe God has asked me to say, and I hope ~ pray ~ that He is glorified through words found here.
In November I shared how I want to be grace-with-skin and am desperately still learning how. In part this means continuing to pour myself out to Him and for Him as He calls. To immerse myself in community with others ~ writers and readers, online, in daily life, and wherever He leads. I love how the Lord continues to give beautiful, tender examples for me to follow through His own grace towards me!
The past several days I've worked with guest writers preparing some fantastic articles to come over the next few months and am really encouraged by their voices and viewpoints. If you have an article you believe would be a good fit for Quivering Daughters, please email me. If you are a woman who would like to share your heart or your story, anonymously or using your real identity, for the blog or even privately, please email me. I believe it's important for voices to speak up, for stories to be told and lives shared, so that we as the body of Christ can learn from each other and about each other.
In fact, story can accomplish through simple illustration what fact and reason and thesis and exegesis cannot. Jesus used story to communicate profound truth ~ revealing hearts, transforming lives, opening eyes. And in a soon-to-be released novel about a mother's experience with spiritual abuse, author Meg Moseley follows suit.
Although the perspective is slightly different, it's a little uncanny to see familiar life experiences through someone else's eyes. When Sparrows Fall features mature elements like coercion and emotional manipulation, but also describes the everyday homeschooling life as only one with experience knows how.
A former homeschooling mother ~ her children are now grown ~ Moseley is careful to distinguish between "normal homeschoolers" and ... the others, bringing to life Miranda, widow and mother of six, ensnared by a spiritually abusive church while yearning to keep her children sheltered from the world. It's a tale that will resonate with anyone familiar with the dynamics of spiritual abuse, but especially for women with a more austere experience within homeschooling circles.
I deeply appreciate Meg's gift to the evangelical community, which largely remains unfamiliar with the intimate nuances of deeply conservative lifestyles. In addition her words validate the sacrifices and love of mothers everywhere who only want the best for their children. Despite accurately portraying the bitter fruits that can arise from white-washed idolatry, this book offers messages of redemption and hope.
To read an excerpt of When Sparrows Fall, please visit Meg Moseley's website.
While this book is a work of fiction, there are so many reflections throughout the pages that echo things I've seen, heard, or experienced throughout my own life. Stories like this are important because they educate and inform while also giving us the opportunity to see life through eyes that might be shrouded otherwise. To hear voices that might be silenced, or hearts snuffed. Please, whomever you are and wherever you are, please tell your story. I think you might be surprised at what comes next.
You never know who might be listening.___________
Question for those who grew up home-schooled: What do you want others to know about your experience? What did you appreciate and what would you have done differently? What would you tell a parent who is thinking about homeschooling their child? Feel free to comment anonymously if you wish.