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This is where I am supposed to tell you all about the benefits of reading my words. I like to tell stories—for many years, I did it as a full-time reporter, writer, and editor at Time and Fast Company, and you’ll still occasionally find my words in Travel+Leisure—and I like to grow things. I call my newsletter “Notes of a Make-Believe Farmer” because 1) I don’t really know that much about farming; and 2) working on the land is something that helped me come to a fuller belief in beauty, redemption, and God. Sometimes I’ll write about what I am trying to cultivate in the garden or what I’m doing with the produce. Sometimes I’ll share a little bit about matters of the heart, soul, and spirit. Always, I will do my best to point you toward beauty and hope.

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Author, Does Jesus Really Love Me? Co-author, w/ the late Rachel Held Evans, of the NYT best-seller Wholehearted Faith. Editor-at-large, Travel+Leisure. Teacher in Residence, Crosspointe Church (N.C.). Ex-farmhand. I don't really know what I'm doing.