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.

Tanya says: "I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave Bish for a number of years, and we once shared a long train journey where I talked for almost... More

Tanya says: I honestly will be returning to the 1 Peter fiction series soon, but this week I wanted to join with Addie Zierman’s synchroblog... More

Tanya says: "The first time I encountered Matt Mooney was through a YouTube video, 99 balloons, that made me cry for fifteen minutes straight... More

This one is for the caregivers. This one is for the ministers. This one is for those who open their arms and carry the burdens of the heavy-... More

I stared at the screen, horrified. Sometimes you wish you can un-see words. I had read Vicky Beeching’s recent blog post detailing the some of... More

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