a-new-nameThere are a few blogs that are must-reads for me and A New Name is one of them. Reading Emma Scrivener’s blog, where she writes about following Jesus when life is hard, has been a safe place to visit while I’ve struggled over the last year or so.

So it’s a serious honour to have been able to write a guest post for Emma about my experience of writing a book while depressed and doubting. Here’s a glimpse into how things have been, and how faith has felt for me when things have been difficult.


Christian writers are people with unshakeable faith in God, right? Well, my first book has just come out and it’s all about Jesus – but there were times writing it when I wasn’t sure I wanted to follow him. Here’s my story of how writing about Jesus brought me back to him.

I sat in the car and begged God to help me. I cried and asked him to please, please just show me he was real and that he loved me.

I waited.


Please visit A New Name to read the rest. If you’ve never been before I predict it’s a blog you’ll love and will spend a lot of time digging for the treasures you’ll find in the archives! Her book is in my top 5 of Christian books – read it if you haven’t already!

Want to have a glimpse into my house?

Have you ever wondered what I really look like? Have you ever wanted to know what my voice sounds like? Have you ever wondered what this book I’ve written is about? Have you wondered what my kids look like these days?

Well wonder no more dear friends! This video will satisfy all your ponderings.

I was lucky enough to borrow my friends beautiful daughters for the video. They are as wonderful in real life as they look in the video.

And if you’re still not sure whether to watch it, you could always do my little quiz:

  • What colour is our kitchen pew?
  • Can you tell which fast food restaurant we’ve visited too many times (hint: look at the cups!)
  • How many times do you watch me talk and think ‘your eyes are weirdly over-expressive’?
  • which child is just about to have a tantrum before the video cuts to a different shot? (Hint: she’s mine all mine!)

I am a slooooow talker. I have to think a lot before I speak. I pause in the middle of sentences while I’m trying to work out what to say – for long enough that Dave sometimes thinks I’ve just given up talking. I can’t tell you how much of a challenge it was to talk without giant gaps and minutes of me gazing into the middle-distance!

My publishers The Good Book Company are putting little sneaky peeks of my book on their blog this week. Check it out if you want to read some of the stories and play ideas!

I can’t sleep. I am not sure whether this is because I had a nap this afternoon or because my book is released in the UK tomorrow and I’m feeling nervous. It’s probably a bit of both, isn’t it? So I’m drinking decaf tea, checking Facebook and trying to make myself sleepy. I’m trying to […]

It’s Autumn! How did that happen so fast? This was a summer of change for us – we changed church, we moved house and Jemima started school. We’ve gone from living in a 3 storey Grade II listed building to a small but lovely NEW BUILD. I know! We are living in the world of […]

Yesterday we shared ribena and cheesy bread with the kids and I told the story of Jesus’ last meal with his friends. We wondered how it would feel for the disciples to be told he was about to die and tried to help them understand that Jesus’ friends didn’t know he would be coming back. Tonight Dave […]

It’s 7am and I’ve just finished my second cup of tea. This isn’t news really – the same thing happens every morning and every morning those cups of tea feel like magic. It’s school holidays here. Dave and Dan are at an Easter conference – Dave is drumming in the band and Dan is in […]