Amanda Mentzel

Amanda Mentzel is wife to Jake, mother to Peter, Lucy, Iain, Abraham, Geneva, Ozias, and Haddon. Amanda can’t stand articles that hinge on cutesy turns of phrase, despite the fact that she sometimes creates them.

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Rejoice this Christmas!

I love making things. Except when I don’t. I told my friend the other day, when I was about to make a few small wreaths to hang in my dining room, that I have a love-hate relationship with this kind of thing, particularly at Christmastime. I bounce back and forth so... read more

154. Little Women

It’s a Very Special Episode of The Bookening, as our heroines (what???) review Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Support us here! No, seriously, we could use your support these days. Thank you in advance! Subscribe to the podcast here! Listen to the episode at... read more

Relatable Mary

Is Mary relatable???

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Give good gifts this Christmas

It’s hard to be a good Christmas giver or getter says Amanda Mentzel.

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Mom advice, pass it down

16 moms give their best advice.

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Discipline is for everyone

My oldest is only ten, but parenting has worn on me. You see, I’m knee-deep in my seventh toddlerhood. If we’re all honest though, parenting gets old real quick. She is still waking up at night. They spilled the milk again. He’s still not getting the point of using... read more

I used to be a good Christian

Amanda Mentzel discusses working heartily as unto the Lord, even in the mundane things.

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The shame and guilt of Holy Week

Preparing your heart for Easter means facing your own depravity.

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Women’s Ministry: When You Don’t Like What They’re Serving

I don’t want to spend my time listening to people’s feelings through their tears.  Skits and toilet paper games are for high schoolers. I’m an alto. And I don’t drink tea. We give lots of excuses, but it comes down to this: lots of women are too good for women’s... read more

Raising Strong Girls

Shopping for kids clothes is hard, particularly for girls. If it isn’t skanky it’s loud, sparkly, and garish. And let’s talk about slogan tees. Slogan tees aren’t a new thing or relegated to just girls, but it seems that those made for girls are the worst. The “girl... read more

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