Natasha Duquette

Songs of Lament and Hope

Natasha Duquette explores the themes of lament and healing in the poetry of three Canadian women.

Rebecca Parker Payne

There’s Always Crying in Sports

Rebecca Parker Payne writes about how crying in sports hints at something much bigger than weakness or sadness about losing.

Margaret Trim

God’s Child: A New Imagination in Trauma Healing

Childhood trauma severely limits one’s imagination of the self and the world, causing victims to define themselves by their past experiences. Central to the healing process is a restructuring of one’s imagination of self and the world. In her book Trauma and Recovery, the psychiatrist Judith Herman describes hope as the final stage of recovery […]

David A. Garner

The Briefing 7.17.15

Each Friday we compile a list of interesting links and articles our editors find from across the web. Here’s what’s catching our eye this week.   TOJ contributor D.L. Mayfield reflects on pain, loss, and the promises of God: So, in that children’s hospital, I stared into the sun for a little bit.  I’ve been […]

Brigid Andrews

Naming the Animals

Brigid Andrews writes about the trauma of birthing and postpartum depression.

Libby Swope Wiersema


The poet Libby Swope Wiersema writes on grief and healing.

Megan J. Robinson

The Other Side of Normal

“Fearlessness is better than a faint heart for any man who puts his nose out of doors. The length of my life and the day of my death were fated long ago.”1—I read these lines in the Norse epic poem For Skirnis as a child and have remembered them often since. I steeped myself in […]