Amanda Barber

Stories, songs, and thoughts on life.

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My Favorite Non-Fiction Part 1: The Girl With the White Flag

04 September 2014

Spread out on a table was a large collection of books I was allowed to choose from and take home. Among them was The Girl With the White Flag. Possibly because I was being urged to hurry up and make a decision, I picked it out over the other fictional options available. I don’t think I even read it for a couple of years as it didn’t look that interesting to me. But once I did read it, it’s themes stuck with me and made quite an impact.

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Courtship Schmortzship

20 August 2014

There’s an article making the rounds on Facebook called “Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed.” I read it sometime last week and found it to be quite interesting, though I didn’t agree with most of it. It did, however, hit a nerve, and judging from the reaction I’ve seen from many of my friends, I was not the only one.

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Blessings and Sorrow

14 August 2014

Every day I wake up in this quiet, pretty house, in this relatively safe country. I feel privileged. And then I sort of feel guilty.

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Go for a Walk!

26 June 2014

I love going on walks. I heartily approve of walks. For one thing, walks don’t require hideous spandex and clunky tennis shoes.

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Jesus Died for All the People (All the Toxic People of the World)

19 June 2014

I’ve noticed a lot of “wise” words about “toxic people” lately, and they tend to bother me. For instance, “Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” (Robert Tew) At first, it sounds like a reasonable motto. But what exactly are toxic people?

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Skinny Souls

28 May 2014

A common theme throughout the Bible is that God usually does give us what we want. That sounds pretty good until you realize that getting what you want isn’t always a sign of God’s blessing or that what you want is a legitimate, holy desire in the first place.

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