The Site of Mary Stewart Anthony
I am a poet, memoirist, wife, mother, and grandmother hurtling through time from the “silent generation” and hastening to become part of the 21st Century digital revolution.
Despite the chaos of this infomania media whirlwind, I have found my voice.
I am learning to be a “salty truth teller”, and one who churns the “communal pot” with gusto.
Loved Back To Life: How I Found the Courage to LIVE FREE By Sheila Walsh, Nelson Books, 2015. “On the surface I had it made, and everything looked fine-except I was not fine. I had not been fine for a long time. Even surrounded by others, I felt isolated. Trapped by a suffocating anxiety. Restless, though I couldn’t say why. Numbed by a frantic pace. I felt as if I was slowly losing my mind.”(5) This is a cautionary tale of how a Christian TV talk show host, a Women of Faith speaker, a well-known musical evangelist, and a...read more
A lovely Latin word for a “crucible, an earthen pot used to melt metals, or a night lamp hanging in front of a crucifix (i.e., fixed to a cross) or a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development, often creating something new in the process…” explains in part what happened to me from April 4th– May 21st (the time of John’s sojourn in China). T’was not a pleasant season, but certainly a season of growth, exposure, purging, and a wellspring of beauty. It was all wrapped up...read more
“And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day”. Gen. 1:5 “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, Mary came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away…” John 20:1 Timing is everything in God’s calendar. Genesis is sometimes called the “Book of Firsts”, or “First Mentions”, where first things are indeed first. God and man took their first steps together in the Garden planted for them by their Father, an exquisite place of beauty and harmony. God keeps this actual place on earth...read more
The image of our blue planet passing before the sun An editorial Whether I choose to or not, I am in touch with this blue planet in every possible direction, every culture, every catastrophe, every political fallout, every new government uprising and takeover, all the while knowing the tapeworm of Wall Street will devour someone’s lifesavings if they trust in the bubble-hype again. I lament Having to live in the thicket of global awareness, walking the tightrope of decency through the dizzy media-maze, watching the ice sheets melt,...read more
A Review of “Building Civilization on the Bible” by Jay Grimstead, founder and director of Coalition on Revival, & Eugene Calvin Clingman, Administrator of the International Church Council Project, Nordskog Publishing, Ventura, California, 2014. In the spirit of Martin Luther, Grimstead called theologians and Christian leaders to an “International Council on Biblical Inerrancy” (ICBI) in 1977. They included the following: Francis Schaeffer, RC Sproul, Norman Geisler, JI Packer, DJ Kennedy, Bill Bright and fifty others to form what...read more
GUARD YOUR HEART above all things, for it determines, the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 We guard what we treasure with our own life: someone or something so precious, irreplaceable, or invaluable. But guard it from what? Oh my….so many things, events, people. Guard it from hatred and bitterness or you will poison your own soul and the souls of others. Guard your own thoughts, ambitions, desires, and fantasies from selfishness and idolatries. Your physical heart needs protection as well…from...read more
A review of: The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski, W Publishing Group, 2014. Have you ever read a book that took forever to read? This one surely did. It was the opposite of reading some heavyweight scholarly treatise. Instead Yankoski threw out a spiritual gauntlet that challenged me to deeply and slowly read and reread his book. In other words, I had to learn about Selah! (loosely translated from the Hebrew, means, “Shut Up! And Pay Attention!”) So I did. “Selah! the Psalmist cries again and again. Notice!Look, see,...read more
Wrapped as we are, body, soul, and spirit, in a seamless robe of being, we move from moment to moment, event to event, meeting others along the path of our pilgrimage, guided by the Light of His Presence. Jesus wholeheartedly consented to be joined with us: body, soul, and spirit; and we live a seamless life when we are connected to Him. Seamless living is recognizing His hand, His voice, His touch upon each moment, each event, each meeting with another. Imagine the God Man walking through Heaven this Christmas, and celebrated for His Birth,...read more
This is an exercise in the art of growing with the changing seasons, that we may continue to grow, and to change. The first exercise is the hardest: forgetting those things that are left behind…those unfinished stragglers, those closeted dreams, those boxed disappointments, those scraps of paper illusions, in order to press into the promise of His Coming. remnants of autumn found on a recent walk In Mark’s gospel John the Baptist warns us that something BRAND NEW IS COMING. The world as we know...read more
“And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;/And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell.” (GM Hopkins) This is an exercise in reclaiming what is sacred and maybe even retrieving it from the rubbish pile. We often hear media moguls ask this rhetorical question, “Is there anything left still viewed as sacred?” We are hard put to find anything left on the altar. Everything once considered sacred is open game, and all manner of vile behavior has been put on display to feed the jokesters, gangsters, hacksters, and...read more