The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: Book Summary

(Disclaimer: Spoiler Alert! This is a summary, rather than a book review.)

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. It begins by describing the small-town life of the Dreher family, a whimsical tale of patchwork memories that reinforce the developing differences between a sister and a brother. The author captures the emotions of youth—more feeling than fact—and the third-party quotes used to supplement his memory mimicked the long afternoons spent listening to our parents’ parents expounding on their fond recollections of us in our childhood.

From childhood, we remain silent witnesses as the Dreher children solidify in their differences and begin their adult lives. They live in different worlds and claim different worldviews, but still share that sibling bond. Continue reading “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: Book Summary”

Change Poem

Goodbye Mother, Goodbye Father!
Off I head to be a world changer!
With all you’ve taught me here I go
Christ’s love and light everywhere I’ll sow.

Transfer year, joining clubs galore.
No time for roommates, I’m out the door.
I’m perfectly angelic, purposefully naïve.
I know I’m ‘better-than’ whatever they believe. Continue reading “Change Poem”

Christy as a Leader: My Strengths

Gallup StrengthsFinder

1. Connectedness
2. Discipline
3. Harmony
4. Consistency
5. Learner

VIA Characteristics

1. Kindness
2. Judgment
3. Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
4. Gratitude
5. Honesty

Keirsey: Guardian
Meyer’s Briggs: INTJ (Rational – Mastermind)

Strengths Finder Assessment
When I first read the results of my Strengths Finders test, I smiled and nodded in agreement. As I’ve gotten to know what each of them means, that smile has just gotten wider.

First and foremost, I’m a people person. But I’m relational in a very logical sort of way. Growing up, I often identified with Spock from Star Trek: pure logic mixed with human emotion. My executive strengths of consistency and discipline as well as my strategic strength, learner, represent the logical side of me while my relational strength of harmony shows the human emotional side. I view connectedness as sort of in-between logic and emotion. I feel the connection between things intuitively, but I use that strength to logically plot out a road map for the most efficient plan of action.

My top strength is relational, but not just with people. Continue reading “Christy as a Leader: My Strengths”

Tapestry of Grace

Everyone has a story. Everyone has a struggle. Some seem more grand or dramatic than another’s, but all are important, unique, and inspiring.

When you first look at a person, a natural prejudiced forms based on how they talk, what they wear, or the circumstances in which you meet. Often, your hasty judgement gives an incomplete assessment of someone’s character.

Over the first few weeks of leadership class, I got to hear a but of the stories of each of my class-mates. I realized that many of my assumptions were incorrect. Their stories helped me interpret their actions and opinions shared in class. I listen to them now with their stories in mind.

Many of them had a significant life struggle that they shared, but they also included how they made it through and the people or activities that helped them. Every story ended up being inspirational because you could clearly see God at work, shaping them into who they are now. Everything happens for a reason as God weaves our lives into a tapestry of grace.


To dive deeper into the topic of story, watch this captivating TED Talk on the Danger of a Single Story: