Girl Crush: Colbie Caillat Reveals True Beauty

14 Jul 14

Every woman asks herself, Am I beautiful? Beauty is a major theme of God and Boobs the book, with an entire chapter called “Roses” dedicated to the topic: Am I beautiful?  I’m acutely aware of this issue in almost every conversation I have with women. And, I am so proud of Colbie Caillat for tackling this question head on.

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Cate Blanchett: Oscar Beauty and Brains

03 Mar 14

Cate Blanchett stole the show at the 2014 Oscars for exuding both beauty and brains. Cate had the courage to exalt women in an evening that centered around male actors (the first award was for best supporting male actor and the last individual award for best male actor.) Her acceptance speech for her role in Blue Jasmine was compelling, brave and honest. Plus, her dress was gorgeous. Proving a woman can have both beauty and brains. Let’s talk stats…

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FREE God & Boobs Book Discussion Guide!

19 Feb 14

I’ve received numerous requests from women who want to hold a God and Boobs book discussion with their friends. Many have asked for a book discussion guide to help facilitate discussion. Get your online God and Boobs FREE Discussion Guide. This book discussion guide is designed to encourage friendship through intimate sharing and reading reflection. This is not a Bible-study; however Bible references are listed and reading is encouraged.

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Girl Crush: Jan Greenwood & Her Battle for Women

20 Jun 13

I’m thrilled to introduce you to a woman who has been a long time Girl Crush. Jan Greenwood is a women’s pastor at Gateway Church and author of the new book Women at War. On June 24th, I’ll be hosting the 8th week of her rotating book club. Jan has been a colleague, friend and confidant. Plus, when her daughter Ashley was a teenager, I was her chaperone to concerts. True love. The release of Jan’s new book is an inspiration, and it mirrors the heart of what it means to have a Girl Crush. When women become friends, we strengthen each other for God’s call on our lives! And that’s why I’ve invited Jan to be our next Girl Crush!

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Girl Crush: Lyrical Storyteller Amena Brown

06 Jun 13

My Girl Crush on lyrical storyteller Amena Brown began when I saw her perform at Pink Impact, the women’s conference at Gateway Church where I was a pastor. Amena took the stage with strength and dignity, declaring truth in a rhythm both unique and exciting. I later saw her perform at Catalyst Dallas with her husband DJ Opdiggy. Her poetry paired with inspired beats was over-the-top amazing… I loved her bold creativity! Now I’m thrilled for Amena Brown to be featured as our Girl Crush! 

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Girl Crush: Poverty Advocate Lindsey Nobles

23 May 13

Some of the most inspiring women are those who don’t just talk about world poverty and international social justice, but who actually jump into the action and do their part to make a difference. That’s why we have a Girl Crush on Lindsey Nobles. Lindsey works with Food for the Hungry and she blogs for Compassion International. She transitioned into the non-profit section from corporate America. In this interview she talks about outreach, work and faith.

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Girl Crush: Lauren Bersaglio & Her Libero Network

22 Mar 13

My latest Girl-Crush is on Lauren Bersaglio, founder and editor of Libero Network. Libero Network offers resources for women recovering from eating disorders, depression, addiction, anxiety and abuse. Oh, and Lauren’s a college student. That’s right… she does all of this while going to school! She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and when she was ten years old, her family moved to Zambia where she stayed through high school. That’s the other reason I’m crushing on her — my alter-ego lives in Africa. I wanted to know more about Lauren, and she obliged. Find out why she described herself as having “A sense of self-love and self-worth that goes much deeper than the skin, and the scars on my wrist are covered by tattoos that read “free” and “beautiful.”

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Girl Crush: Lauren Dubinsky & Her Good Women Project

08 Mar 13

I have a total Girl-Crush on Lauren Dubinsky and her Good Women Project, where hundreds of women gather online to talk about the awkward transition that occurs as women leave girlhood and become women. Good Women Project works to help girls navigate this transition well. In God and Boobs the book, I devoted an entire chapter to the idea of “Girl Crush” – which I think has to do with the ways that we celebrate other women, and learn from them. I recently asked Lauren some pretty intimate questions about her faith and sexuality; fortunately, she obliged…  

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The Inspiration Behind Dear Abby

06 Feb 13

Pauline Phillips founded Dear Abby, the nation’s most popular syndicated advice column. Sadly, she died on January 16, 2013.  Mrs. Phillips chose her pen name, Abigail Van Buren, after the Biblical heroine, Abigail, known for her cunning intellect. In her column, Mrs. Phillips wrote about topics that were rarely, if ever, addressed in mainstream media, church halls, or business parties. One of her most famous quotes is about religion: “The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.”

She broke the bounds of decorum, inviting us into the secret lives of her readers. Once inside the minds and emotions of lovers, sisters, and friends, Mrs. Phillips astounded readers with her insightful feedback and quick wit. She challenged generations of women to think critically about intimate issues. That’s what I want to do. I want to talk openly about things that are usually discussed only behind closed doors, such as in the sanctity of a counseling office. I want to have conversations about faith, feminine strength, power and sexuality. And then, I want to encourage women to contemplate how all of these issues affect our relationships with God, and ultimately our life’s purpose. That’s why I liked Dear Abby, and that’s why Abigail has always been my favorite woman in the Bible.

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Girl Crush: January Olds, Founder January Labs

15 Jan 13

“Girl-Crush” is one of the chapters in my book God and Boobs: Balancing Faith and Sexuality. In the chapter, I explore female friendships and specifically how to be inspired by women without becoming competitive or jealous. A Girl Crush (according to the widely respected Urban Dictionary, option 1) refers to “feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. A nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration [respect] at some level.” I have a Girl-Crush on my amazingly talented friend, January Olds who is the creator and founder of an all-natural skin care line, January Labs. I’ve asked January to be our first official “God & Boobs Girl-Crush.” Ladies, meet January Olds…

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