Category: Book Excerpt

Broken Open

By Deidra Riggs It is true that we are broken. And that makes things messy. But brokenness is only part of the journey. The trap we often fall into is, as Bryan Stevenson puts...

Visiting Larry

By Dr. David S. Apple (Special offer for ESA readers! See below for details.) Larry isolated himself so much that no one knew his problems, and no one visited with him. This Tenth Church...

Walls of Hostility

By David P. Leong Throughout high school, I worked in our family photo lab in Vancouver Mall, and on breaks I would walk around to see other store displays nearby. In the early to mid-’90s,...

The Woman Under the Palm Tree

By Jenny Rae Armstrong I was nine years old when it happened, peering out the window of our second-story apartment in Monrovia, Liberia. The multiplex we lived in was in a good area, popular...

Lenten Devotion: Jesus Heals the…

By Sharon Watkins and Richard H. Lowery Read Luke 7:1–10. “A centurion there had a slave…” People of the United States* reading this passage need to stutter at the word slave, a reminder of...

Refuse to Do Nothing

By Kimberly McOwen Yim “The best defense against modern-day slavery is a vigilant public. Be a nosy neighbor.” —Kevin Bales, The Slave Next Door Told they will have good-paying jobs when they arrive in...

Starting to Thaw

By Gillian Marchenko I drive out to the suburbs of Chicago for the trial. They administer a quick medical exam: blood pressure, urine sample, reflexes, nose, ears, deep breaths while a cold stethoscope presses...