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About Charlotte Donlon

Charlotte lives in Birmingham, Alabama, right by the train tracks that cut through the city. She's married to Tim, and they have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Brady. She's earning an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and she does freelance writing and copywriting. You can find her online at www.charlottedonlon.com and on Twitter at @charlottedonlon.

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    Seeking Freedom from Dieting and Body Shame: Part Two

    Seeking Freedom from Dieting and Body Shame: Part Two

    I’m sitting at Barnes and Noble at The Summit shopping center in Birmingham while my daughter is watching Wonder Woman with a friend at the movie theater here. I thought about going home and coming back later to pick her up when the movie is over, but I chose alone time with my computer and a cup of mediocre decaf instead. The traffic on Highway 280 is especially bad this time of day. And time by myself is always a good option.

    There are three (maybe) college students—a young woman and two young men—at the table across from me talking about…

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    An Ode to Print: The Mockingbird Magazine

    An Ode to Print: The Mockingbird Magazine

    A quick Google search will show that researchers have studied and continue to study the differences that exist between print and digital reading experiences. There are pros and cons of both mediums, and it looks like neither format will disappear anytime soon.

    I love the physicality of real paper and definitely connect with Ferris Jabr’s words here from a 2013 Scientific American article “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens”:

    In most cases, paper books have more obvious topography than onscreen text. An open paperback presents a reader with two clearly defined domains—the left and right…

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    Seeking Freedom from Dieting and Body Shame: Part One

    Seeking Freedom from Dieting and Body Shame: Part One

    During the first call with my new health coach, she told me to stop weighing myself. I agreed to cease this action and hid our scale next to my hair dryer and a pack of cotton balls in a bathroom cabinet. That lasted three days. The scale is now back on the black-and-white ceramic tile floor beside my bathtub, and I step on it every morning after I wake up. Some days I weigh myself multiple times. Don’t tell my health coach.

    I have operated with a diet mentality for thirty years. As a serious classical ballet dancer during my teens,…

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    Genesis, Instagram, and Eden and Afterward: A Mockingbird Guide to Genesis

    Genesis, Instagram, and Eden and Afterward: A Mockingbird Guide to Genesis

    I started following a legit “Lifestyle Blogger” on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. This is my first significant foray into this social media genre and I’m fascinated. This woman is young and beautiful and spunky and I want to be her friend. I’ve fallen into her trap—I even ordered some protein powder she featured on one of her recent Instagram stories. Why? Why do I want to be friends with this woman? She seems to be everything I’m not. And if I think too much about her lifestyle and the energy required to document various aspects of it, I…

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Stephanie Phillips

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Stephanie Phillips

    This is the fourth installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found here, here, and here.

    Charlotte Donlon

    Before I do an interview I Google the name of the person I’ll be talking with. There are a lot of very accomplished Stephanie Phillipses out there. How do you handle that kind of pressure?

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    The Mockingbird Devotional: Finding Grace and Being Found

    The Mockingbird Devotional: Finding Grace and Being Found

    After scrolling through my Twitter feed and seeing a prominent Christian leader post something that made me want to climb in my bed, pull my down alternative comforter over my head, and hide from the world; I tweet-confessed that remembering the gospel doesn’t undo the bad stuff. My proclamation got a couple of likes so there are at least two other people in the world who might agree that oh-remember-the-gospel-and-god-and-the-kingdom-everything-is-better-now just doesn’t work sometimes. Maybe we aren’t Christian-y enough, but using the gospel and the reality of God’s kingdom as a bandaid for all that is wrong in the world…

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Joshua Retterer

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Joshua Retterer

    This is the third installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Additional interviews in this series can be found here and here.

    Charlotte Donlon: Let’s start at a beginning. When were you converted to Christianity?

    Joshua Retterer: My dad was radically saved when I was in kindergarten. And like many new Christians he was very evangelistic and worked his way through our family. God was was…

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    The Law, the Gospel, and Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)

    The Law, the Gospel, and Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)

    I probably heard the gospel many times during my childhood, but it didn’t register until I was a junior in college. When it finally grabbed my attention one fall night outside Gorin’s ice cream shop in the Five Points South neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, I saw my need to be rescued from my sin. I was with a friend who was a Christian when all of the puzzle pieces fit together. She prayed for me and with me after I acknowledged the fact that my efforts to perform and get my act together would never meet God’s expectations of holiness….

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    Preaching and Needing Grace, Again and Again

    Preaching and Needing Grace, Again and Again

    After I became a Christian during my junior year of college, I found myself attending a church where I heard the gospel of grace at Church every Sunday morning, at small group gatherings every Sunday night, and while sitting around kitchen tables and coffee tables with my new Christian friends as our conversations about Jesus lingered into the late hours of many nights. I soaked up the solid teaching and theology that was handed to me every time I turned around. At first I wondered why everyone kept talking about the gospel and how we all needed to “remind each…

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: Sarah Condon

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: Sarah Condon

    This is the second installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various Mockingbird writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. My subject this time was The Rev. Sarah Condon.

    Charlotte Donlon: How has your involvement with Mockingbird impacted you over the past several years?

    Sarah Condon: It’s changed the kind of priest I am. I think that’s fundamental. Had I stayed in seminary on the path I was headed, I think I would’ve quit by…

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    More Robert Farrar Capon & Less Thanksgiving Turkey

    More Robert Farrar Capon & Less Thanksgiving Turkey

    Like many people who are fans of Robert Farrar Capon, my introduction to him and his work was through The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection. I first read the book over ten years ago when it was being passed around a small group of women in my (at the time) small church who knew about good books. I’ve read it several times and tend to give copies away to friends who need this book. (I think everyone needs this book, so I’ve given away a lot of copies.)

    Capon opened my senses up to food and life and faith…

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    "Mockingbird Turns 10" Interviews: David Zahl

    “Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: David Zahl

    This is the first installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various Mockingbird writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary.

    Charlotte Donlon: What has surprised you most about Mockingbird since it was started ten years ago?

    David Zahl: Well. I’m a little surprised it’s still here. When we started, our vision was (purposefully) rather vague. We had our theological convictions in mind, and a good deal of sincerity/energy, but we didn’t know how the…

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