For my Mother (1927-2018)


This post was originally written in February of 2011 (“Mother’s Day in February”), when I thought my mother might not survive. She lived another 7.5 years and passed away last night, October 27, 2018.


The sands of time are sinking . . .

“Mother, you’re in the hospital. You had a stroke. Remember?”

Slow nod, barely perceptible. Eyes closed, a cloud of silver hair on the pillow.

The dawn of heaven breaks . . .

And there she is, at the piano with me, black hair, bright eyes, big smile, cheery voice.  Continue reading “For my Mother (1927-2018)”

New website page: The beliefs behind the blog

My husband Tim said it’s bound to stir up controversy, but I said, “Well, it’s the stuff I blog about all the time anyway; it’s just codified now.”

Someone asked me if I had the gospel clearly stated on my website anywhere, and I told her it was in some blog posts but thought it would be good to have a separate page for it. That page became “The beliefs behind the blog,” much more than just a statement of the gospel.

It’s here.

So, let me know if I’m missing something.  Comments aren’t allowed there, but you can comment on it here, or you can write to me about it at

Thank you. And keep remembering that our only hope, our only righteousness, is found in Jesus Christ alone, who is our Victorious Conqueror.



Why we’re glad we considered an alternative to four-year college

Every year I take a writing retreat at The Evangelical Institute of Biblical Studies (link to website) in Greenville, SC. Affectionately called “EI,” it’s a tiny two-year Bible school (with an optional third year) that sits atop the highest mountain in Greenville County, with a lush campus and gorgeous views.

Click on this image to go to the school’s Facebook page

How tiny? Continue reading “Why we’re glad we considered an alternative to four-year college”

“With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael” celebrates thirty years (my first book)

With Daring Faith, the “new”cover

Thirty years ago this month, my first book was published.

I was thirty years old.

An astute observer might notice that was half my life ago.

These days when those who’ve been abused in a Christian context connect with me, it’s not uncommon for me to hear, “Are you the same Rebecca Davis who wrote With Daring Faith? We read that in our homeschool.”

It’s one of those moments of extreme pain and great joy that I get to experience fairly often in my life these days Continue reading ““With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael” celebrates thirty years (my first book)”

Speaking at a DV conference in Raleigh, NC, in November

Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC

On November 3-4 at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC, Joy Forrest of Called to Peace ( will be holding a conference called “Developing a Church-Wide Response to Domestic Abuse.”

Chris Moles (, author of The Heart of Domestic Abuse, will be the primary speaker. But a few others will also be speaking, and I’m excited to say that I’ve been asked to do one session. Continue reading “Speaking at a DV conference in Raleigh, NC, in November”

Reflections on my sixtieth birthday: reframing my name

Sixty years is one of those zero milestones, you know. So I’m remembering.

I remember when I was about 30, standing in the large auditorium of my fundamentalist church holding my baby, looking around at the people and thinking, “Where are all those older women who are supposed to be helping me?” They appeared to all be so busy with their own lives and activities. Continue reading “Reflections on my sixtieth birthday: reframing my name”