Thorns and Gold

Tanya Marlow likes being honest about the muck and the glory. She also likes Dr Seuss and steak. Her blog is on the Bible, suffering and the messy edges of life.

I am writing a book. In my optimism and naivety, I thought it might be just like writing several blog posts, then binding them together. My method... More

This is the fourth week of an M.E. relapse, which means I am more isolated than usual, needing to spend even more time in bed, in silence. More

It is hard for the rich to be generous.This sounds counter-intuitive. Surely it’s harder for the poor to be generous? When you have so many extra... More

With all the action in the first chapter of Ruth – the deaths and disasters and beautiful friendship of Ruth and Naomi – this is a ‘blink and... More

I am itching to dig a little into the Bible. I want to hear the whisper of God in the words and lives of Bible characters. Over the next few... More

If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly. More

"Can you please tell me how to get in touch with my local ME specialist? I know the files were being transferred to a new system last year, but... More

The Internet tells me that there are almost 400,000 Haitians still homeless after the 2010 earthquake. They are living out their days in hastily-erected... More

What’s your love language? Love-languages are the ways in which we express and receive love. If you don’t yet know yours, I can recommend taking... More

I hesitate to write this, and I told myself that I would not step into this debate on this particular platform. I know that I am at risk of alienating... More