My daughter wrote a book


and it’s good. You should get it.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

For the last several years my eldest daughter has been exploring her spiritual journey. Her story is hers to tell, but as a mom, I have watched her grow. My story around her started with a sense of helplessness as she struggled with depression, eating and self-harm disorders, and a serious detachment from the faith she had as a child. As she has recovered, the Lord continued to call her back to Himself, no matter what it took. It wasn’t until her daughter’s birth that she began to listen to God’s call.

Carrie began to study the Bible with intentionality, and over the last six years has developed a study method that is both approachable and biblical. In response to her teen and early adult years, she adopted Philippian 4:8 as her “life verse.” She uses her artistic skills in her church and her small business: True and Lovely Co. (Follow her on Instagram. While you’re there, follow me, too!) Her most popular posts are her verse breakdowns that began on Instagram and are often available in her shop.

Verse breakdown by Carrie Cristancho

The verse breakdowns caught the eye of someone at Dayspring, which was the first step to this book. It’s a crazy and uncommon journey that is hers to tell, but the book, True and Lovely, a devotional guide, is now available both online and in many stores.

Cover of the devotional

It is a really smart devotional. It includes 25 days of practice using a study method that will be useful for any Bible study. It stresses the importance of context (something I’m passionate about) and has lots of room for notes. It includes both thought-provoking questions and scripture passages for highlighting and annotating. I may be the creator’s mom, but this is a solid devotional book and I recommend it.

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By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.