Tanara McCauley

Culturally Imagined Stories

Tag: relationships

  • A Little Tact, Please

    Years ago, in a modest California home on a crowded California couch, I sat next to my Great-Grandmother who was visiting with my parents for a few weeks. Remote in hand, I flipped through their zillion channels for something suitable to watch. It went a little like this: Click. Pause. Interesting? No. Click. Pause. Seen it. Click. […]

  • Not Your Daughter’s Music

      “Mom, you okay?” “Yeah. Why wouldn’t I be?” “I heard you yelling.” And that, my friends, sums up my shower singing skills.

  • Marriage Part IV: The Christian Husband

    Not being a man, I didn’t see fit to write on this topic myself because–despite what today’s popular culture would have one believe–men and women are just not the same. Sure I could write about what I think the ideal Christian husband should be, but the end result might be a list of to-dos in the […]

  • Week 7 Book 7: A Review of Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

    Ever since the murder of her police officer fiancée, and the perp’s bogus acquittal, Cathy Cramer has been using her law background and a high-profile blog to help keep other murderers from getting away with their crimes. But prosecuting defendants in the court of public opinion wins her more than national recognition and a faithful […]

  • Week 6 Book 6: A Review of Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead

    It was the age of Atlantis, when nine kings ruled in peace and prosperity and the lives of their people were saturated with extravagance. It was also an age marked for destruction–a fate to dwarf the devastation caused by the outbreak of war after two millenia of peace. In Taliesin, Stephen R. Lawhead slashes through […]

  • Week 2 Book 2: A Review of Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman

    Got your church T-shirt? Your “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper sticker? What about your WWJD bracelet? Bible? Check! Some verses memorized? Check! Personalized tithe envelopes? You know this maaan! Okay, okay. Now what about Jesus? You’ve got all the paraphernalia–the outward stuff that clothes you with the Christian image–but do you really have Jesus? Are you a fan, or are you a […]

  • What Happens Next?

    My mind is always churning. I comfort myself with the notion that I’m a writer and, as such, my thoughts should walk a creative distance outside the box of normal thinking folks. Honestly, though, sometimes I suspect I’m a blurted comment away from being professionally observed. As for those thoughts I think, they tend to […]

  • Week 1 Book 1: A Review of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

     Throughout history flowers have been known for their beauty and fragrant scents. While commonly given as expressions of love and well wishes, their meanings became even more specific during the Victorian era. Dictionaries of the flower-to-emotion relationships were penned with care, but over time the language created for romantic expression faded to obscurity. In Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers, […]

  • Marriage Part III: The Wife’s Role

    Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the Word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives. (1 Peter 3:1) Such a teaching is so unpopular these days that to abide by it seems to warrant a guilty-like confession of some antiquated […]

  • Compassionate Hearts on Compassion Sunday

    Compassion Sunday is a nationwide event during which churches reach out to fellow Christians and encourage them to sponsor children who live in extreme poverty all over the world. These sponsorships, which provide education in a loving environment, meals, medical care and more, give children opportunities in life and in their communities that they may not have […]