I’m No Superstar

I’m No Superstar is a blog for people like me who want to make a difference in the world but know they aren’t activists. Each post contains a social action idea that most of us could do, a book that’s worth reading, or a link to a website that offers other ideas. Oh, and it’s all introduced by a sometimes quirky story from my life.

Once We Were Strangers—a book review and a giveaway!

Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle with your spouse and four children? Yeah, me either. It sounds impossible. But when you’re fleeing bombs in Syria, you do the impossible. ✓ Transporting your entire family on a single motorcycle. ✓ Patching bomb holes in your dining room. ✓ Leaving your home and country, taking absolutely nothing with you

The Day the Angels Fell & The Edge of Over There—Book Review

I wasn’t planning to post a blog review on The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker.  But then I read it. Last night I stayed up way too late with Abra looking for the tree of life. This morning I was late for an appointment because I was stuck in a tunnel with Leo.

The Dailyness of Discipline

The last two weeks had been going so well. Not in the stuff-of-life sense—life was filled with unexpected bills, computer issues and such—but in the listening-to-God sense. And then it wasn’t. In my book, Finding Balance in the Circus of Life, I talk about the need to sit quietly before God as our master and

What Pit Are You In?—A book review

When I began speaking, I set some parameters for myself. I wanted to be thoroughly biblical, reflecting a depth of study, and to share Bible knowledge as well as practical application. Oh, and I wanted to be funny. Yeah, basically I wanted to be Beth Moore. (Well, minus the girly girl look and the Texas

Love, Henri—A Quote-Full Book Review

It took me six months to read Love Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life. It’s not what you think. I was so excited to receive this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I had heard so much about Henri Nouwen, the Catholic priest and author, and wanted to read these personal writings. So why did it take me six

Can You Juggle Your Way to Balance?

What activities unfold in your typical week?    Work        Parenting and family time              Kids’ sports                   Chores and errands                         Church and volunteer work        

Carol’s Book Is Now Available!

I’m very excited to share with you that I recently published my first book: Finding Balance in the Circus of Life! Many of you are the reason this book came to be (and you’re even thanked in the acknowledgements) because you asked me to write it. Based on my retreat of the same name, the

Lessons from the East—Review of a Book for All of Us

A personal note to those who’ve heard me speak: If you heard my Finding Balance in the Circus of Life presentation and found it valuable in some way, I could use your help. I’ve expanded that talk into a book and I’m looking for some comments to place in the front of the book under “Praise

A Vision for Your Future

At what age do we begin to wonder if there isn’t something more? 30? 40? 50? Have you hit the place where you begin to wonder if your career—whether you pursued it as feverishly as a foxhound or simply fell into on the way to somewhere, or nowhere, else—is worth the trouble? Would you ever


Have Carol Speak For Your Group

An accomplished and flexible speaker, Carol tailors her topics to fit the theme and timeframes of your meeting, conference, seminar or retreat.