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Registration Now Open for Our 2014 Conference

Planning to attend our upcoming conference in October? Registration is now open! This should be a great time of learning, discipleship, fellowship, and fun! And don’t forget to bring a friend!

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2012 Conference: Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira

Announcing Our 2014 Conference Workshop Schedule

We are pleased to announce the workshop schedule for our upcoming annual conference, taking place October 24th and 25th at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

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ECLA Presidents' Message

New Directions for ECLA!

Our ECLA Co-Presidents discuss some of the new directions undertaken by the national organization, including a new blog and new website.

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Plain Faith

(Book Review) Plain Faith: A true story of tragedy, loss, and leaving the Amish by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash with Tricia Goyer

The Eash family lost two daughters in a tragic buggy accident, one that the father feels is his fault. This book relates their journey starting from that loss that eventually takes them to leaving the Amish and giving their hearts to the Lord.

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2012 Conference

Growing Spiritually Through Writing (and Reading!)

That I never know what I think until I write it out is not a new idea. Joan Didion said as much. As did Flannery O’Connor. As did scores of other writers.

Though I’ve accepted this as truth—that I needed to sit at my laptop and plunk out words and then sentences for thoughts to emerge, to roll around, to take shape—for nearly as long as I’ve been writing, it’s just been in the past few years that I’ve come to realize this: I don’t really even—well, hardly, even—believe what I believe about God until I write it down.

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Loving Life

(Book Review) A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul E. Miller

Reciprocating someone else’s love is easy, but loving without reward, without proof of reciprocation, and without the acknowledgment of sacrifices being made is difficult. Miller provides an in-depth study of the book of Ruth to define what it really means to have hesed love – a steadfast, one-way love. His underlying comparison is how Christ loves sinners even when they show no love for him.

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Row For Freedom

(Book review) Row for Freedom: Crossing an Ocean in Search of Hope, by Julia Immonen with Craig Borlase

The book, written by Julia, was a personal story of her Atlanta row in 2012 to Barbados. An action-packed novel with many details of the journey with her and her team of 4 other women, it was one of those more difficult to put down. There was constant action both on and off the water when she also shared her journey prior to the row and the difficulties of her home life. Sometimes I felt it was overworked with those family details, yet the background does give you a perspective on the obstacles she worked to overcome on her voyage.

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Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent

(Book Review) Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent, by Robin Parrish and Daniel Lusko

It was difficult to keep remembering this book is a work of fiction, because it is one of those you read that could be true right now. In fact, some of the storyline could be pulled from modern day headlines, it hit that close to home.

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