How to Make a Bad Decision | Freakonomics
Podcast and transcript on some of the science behind our decisions.

5 Common Marriage Counseling Mistakes | Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
“The next time you encounter a difficult couple in counseling, remember this advice: slow down, set concrete goals, get at the heart, don’t force change, and use your resources. Not only will you be better equipped for helping the man and woman who come to you for counsel, you will be less frustrated and will better understand the issues at hand.”

Elephant and Man at Harvard | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson
Post-election, Harvard admits its idealogical uniformity among students and staff.

The most glaring ideological diversity deficit among undergraduates is the relatively small number of students who identify as conservative. In the election survey, fewer than 13 percent of respondents described themselves as “somewhat” or “very” conservative, compared to over 70 percent describing themselves as “somewhat” or “very” liberal.

Speech for the Yale Political Union
Staying with the Ivy League, Elizabeth Bruenig makes the case for religion in government.

Psychiatry Professor: ‘Transgenderism’ Is Mass Hysteria Similar To 1980s-Era Junk Science
“A disorder of gender identity that afflicts a minuscule number of Americans has become a polarizing cultural cause celebre. Its influence—in capturing public attention and demanding social change—has been extraordinary, out of all proportion to the numbers of the gender-dissatisfied.”

We Cannot Complain About America if We Do Not Listen to Others | Sayable
Lore Ferguson recommends books to help us listen to and understand people from very different Americas to our own.

None of these books solve the crisis of divide at hand here, but they do give us a small glimpse into what “the other side” might be thinking or processing or what has bolstered their belief in what’s right.

Parenting Myths We Are All Tempted To Believe | Tim Challies
“The truth is that even the perfect environment offers no guarantees of successful parenting, that raising godly children is not the ultimate goal of your life, and that you are dependent upon others in raising your children. It is far, far better this way. It frees us to make use of means and methods without enduring the tyranny of impossible, idolatrous expectations.”

Miscarriage Changed Me | Desiring God
“My palms were beginning to sweat. The walls seemed to be closing in around me. I tightened my grip around my husband’s hand as the cold wand slid across my abdomen in search of life. Instead of the rapid thump of our baby’s heartbeat, a deafening silence filled the room. “I’m so sorry, there is no heartbeat.”"

Pessimism May Be Bad for Your Heart | The New York Times
“A pessimistic attitude increases the risk for death from heart disease, a new study reports, while an optimistic view of the world may have no effect at all.”

New Book

The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie. I’ve had a look at this book, and highly recommend it.

In The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids, trusted author Nancy Guthrie weaves together wisdom and insight from each day’s reading in The One Year Bible, providing encouragement through the triumphs and turbulence of parenting. Day by day you’ll find your dreams and desires for your children are becoming shaped more by Scripture than by the culture around you. Worry less, pray more, and help yourself to a daily dose of perspective, hope, and grace as you parent.