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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.
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By simplyfaithful
July 15, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Looking for some inspiration on the parenting front? Maybe just a new way to love on the people in your home? Well, here are five new books to help you with that — and one older book that, well, is just too good not to list.
BookGraceBasedPGrace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel has been around for ages and my copy is dog eared, circled and underlined. Praying that its message really sinks in for me…
Newer books worth checking out:
Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families†by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer. I’m only a few chapters in, but I love that the authors address the parent’s ego early on: “Two problems result from thinking horizontally. The first is that others’ opinions, not God’s, become the source of our security and self-worth. The second is that our kids pick up on it.”
Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias tells of a family that discovered they didn’t know their teen as well as they thought. How did they reconnect? They took a 7,000-mile road trip and they learned a lot about themselves and God along the way.
The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World by Susan Merrill uses the Old Testament book of Nehemiah as a guide for parenting. The book focuses on 10 key topics: perception, pondering, passion, prayer, patience, preparation, purpose, planning, problem solving and perseverance.
And while they aren’t officially parenting books, these two are helpful for studying the Bible with kids:
Egermeier’s Fun Family Devotions: 52 Interactive Devotions from the Old Testament by Ray and Tina Houser is written in a way that’s understandable for preschoolers yet still engaging for older children. I like this one because, besides the lessons, it offers activities that reinforce the stories.
90 Devotions for Kids, of course, features lessons, but it also offers puzzles and challenges for kids — challenges like being extra kind to a friend or sibling.

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