When Falling in Love is God’s Idea

By Hannah Renee Paasch   Before I could even look at boys I was sneaking off to the romance novel section of my local Christian bookstore when my folks would stop in for commentaries or prayer journals. Janette Oke knew what was UP. Even as a kid I sensed that her wildly ahistorical plots—the battles, the cloak-and-dagger intrigues that somehow seemed to all… Read more →

When Forgiveness Looks Different for Everyone

By Jessica Newsome   I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what forgiveness means. To be honest, the word enrages me.  When I grew up, forgiveness meant “restoration”—which frankly, meant abuse. It meant that church leaders who tried to cast demons out of my friends suffering from eating disorders were above reproach. It meant the church members who emotionally,… Read more →

Sitting on the Fence: Ambivalence and Motherhood

By Jessica Knippel   I’ve always been ambivalent about motherhood. Not in a militant, anti-patriarchal power dynamics sense, but in a much more subtle—and more personal—way.   As a child I was raised with dolls and dreams of marriage, yet in spite of all the “babies” I didn’t really play at motherhood. More often my play was about creating things… Read more →

One More Voice in the Crowd

By Savannah Hattan   [Content Note: rape, sexual assault]   As I read the articles and commentary spattered across my newsfeed of Brock Turner, the rapist, I thought to myself, “Maybe it’s time to tell my story.” But I’ve always wondered what I have to say that no one else has said; probably nothing new. But as I did dishes, and cooked dinner, I… Read more →

Interview: Isake Smith

As a part of our interview series, Flawless Project contributor Jessica Newsome has been asking flawless women in different fields and life places seven questions about life, career, feminism, dreams and goals, and more.    Meet Isake Smith! Isake is an epic multi-tasker. She has been known to sing, row, and facilitate, all at the same time! She is currently a… Read more →

Interview: Emily Bowles

As a part of our interview series, Flawless Project contributor Jessica Newsome has been asking flawless women in different fields and life places seven questions about life, career, feminism, dreams and goals, and more.    Meet Emily Bowles! Emily is a former professor of English, which is how she met Jessica Newsome, her former student. Since 2007, Emily Bowles has worked… Read more →