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Out of the Ordinary Books

Dec 11, 2019

This is the story of 1 hospital conference room and 1,000 lanterns in the sky.

Here comes the final installment in our 3 part journey unpacking our hard Christmas stories on the way to this sacred holy and completely unexpected night. 

(You can listen to Part 1 and Part 2 in Episodes 55 and 56).

Join Christie and...


Dec 4, 2019

This is the story of a bag of broken Christmas gifts and an ironing board.

Here comes the second in our 3 part journey unpacking our hard Christmas stories because we know this time of year isn't just about the shiny and the special. It's about a God who comes to meet us in the middle of broken gifts and...



Nov 27, 2019

This is the story of a young woman's first Thanksgiving and a young child's Christmas wish.

These are stories about hard holidays, but they are only the first step in a three-part journey Christie and Lisa-Jo take together on the podcast this December.

Why revisit the hard? Why return in conversation to those darker...


Nov 20, 2019

This is the story of a terrible, no-good, but oh-so-hilarious Christmas card photo.

These are stories about the things we will NOT be doing this Christmas season.

Does the approach of Christmas feel a little less joyful than you wish it would? Are you already tired? Already feeling inadequate to the demands of the...