Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Sand in my Sandwich, By Sarah Parshall Perry

The quote on the back cover says a lot about this book: “There is no perfect family, no life free of mess. But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, “My child, I got this.” So, “if” you every lose it, feel like you are going crazy, or scream your […]

“The Desire” by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley, Susan Karsten’s latest book review

A lovely, touching story for the general reader, but with special significance for those whose lives have been touched by infertility or adoption. I don’t want to give away any of this delicious story, so deftly plotted, but you will enjoy it. The drama, the heartbreak, the lovable characters — it all makes you turn […]

Parents, Remember to Teach Your Children How to Cross a Street

I hope many people read this and act on it I had a disturbing experience yesterday that got me thinking. Here’s what happened: I was jogging along a sidewalk across from, and just west of a school. I could see a group gathered, probably waiting on the lawn for a field trip bus to pick […]

Passionate Parenting, by Cary Schmidt, a review by Susan Karsten

If you have children, and they are in, or nearing their teens, you will want this book (if you read). One of the absolute best books on this topic I have EVER read. In fact, I am seriously thinking about starting a book discussion group based on it as a community outreach to help others.

Parenting Thought: Trust your Mothering Instincts, post by Susan Karsten

To write this post, I paged and paged through a book, looking for the quote. It resonated strongly with me. I couldn’t find the quote, but I shall try to reconstruct its thoughts. I wish I had this thought when I was in the beginnings of the struggle to learn how to deal with, and […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “I Need Some Help Here!” by Kathi Lipp

Hi, all! I am an experienced mom, actually nearing the end of my every-day, hands-on parenting years.  But this book…one of the few I wish I’d had as a younger mom.  Full of encouragement and wise counsel, the Holy Spirit breathes through the prayers and scriptures given for each heart-wrenching topic.  Very good perspective for […]

My Son, the College Graduate, by God’s grace alone

I give ALL the credit, honor, and glory to God for any success we’ve had. God has gifted, given, forgiven, blessed. I am a weak vessel and it’s only through Him that I do anything at all “good”. That said, we celebrated our son’s college graduation on May 24. What a wonderful time to revel […]