Last autumn I went to a conference for writers and bloggers (even small little aspiring ones like me), called Allume. I had a blast, meeting lots of fun women including Logan Wolfram, who not only hosts Allume, but speaks, blogs, raises two gorgeous boys, loves her husband Jeremy and her 175 pound dog Titan, and somehow manages to find the energy and grace to make everyone she meets feel like her BFF.
When I heard she was publishing her book Curious Faith; Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility, I new I HAD to read it. Having devoured it with the ferociousness I normally reserve for English chocolate, I was curious to find out more about the woman who writes about God and life, with such infectious honesty, excitement and candid storytelling.
When Logan graciously agreed to answer a few questions for an interview I’m not sure she was expecting the Spanish Inquisitions (but no one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!), but being the good sport she is, she jumped in with both feet. I hope you enjoy finding out more about the woman who believes curiosity is a way of life, not just a noun to describe fatal feline conditions.
Don’t miss the chance to win her Curious Faith Giveaway Goodies. Just keep scrolling to the bottom of the interview and you’ll find out more.
Logan, I’m curious about the woman who writes about curiosity, so here are a few quick fire, random, don’t-think-before-you-answer-them, questions to get this little interview going …
- Lipstick or mascara? Mascara…no question there!
- Romantic comedy or action thriller? Romantic comedy…always and forever.
- Salad or fries as your side? Salad usually…but with a burger, always fries.
- Batman or Spiderman? Neither. I’m a big fan of Captain America though.
- Winter or summer? Neither…i don’t like the extremes. I’m a spring/fall gal.
- Snow White or Cinderella? Cinderella.
- Singer or dancer? Wish I was both. Every time I’m sick and get a gravely sounding voice I ask the Lord to let me come out of it singing like Norah Jones. That hasn’t happened yet. But also I’m obsessed with basically any dance movie ever and in my mind I know how to dance like that. Come to think of it, I’m a huge fan of singing movies too…hello Pitch Perfect?! Yes…all the talents.
- Last book you read? Presently reading Mindy Kaling “Why Not Me” and also reading “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud…so you know, balancing some topical range here!
- Person you’d like to meet most? Hmmm….not sure. If we’re talking alive people, I’d kinda like to spend a weekend with Bob and Maria Goff. Honestly there really aren’t that many people I sit around wishing I could meet them, I really like the people who are in my life already.
The first time we met was at the Allume conference, you served a lovely English afternoon tea which I thought was brilliant, so I’m curious, are you a regular tea drinker? Perhaps a closet Anglophile at heart? Girl…I’d be so Downton Abbey in a heartbeat. I am a regular tea drinker (i usually drink a cup every afternoon or evening) and in my dream world I’m totally the heroine in a Jane Austen novel. I even think I could get used to wearing a corset just to live where I could “take a turn about the gardens.”
I suppose I should get round to asking you about your new book Curious Faith, since that’s why you agreed to be interviewed in the first place. By the way, I loved it, especially the chapter on danger, fear and bears, where you say “If you think life will break you, then at some point you become afraid to live it.” So, tell us more about what it means to have, and live, with curious faith. So much of living with curious faith is learning how to be openhanded with our lives and trusting that God is good and He is for us. At the foundation of a curious faith is that very belief and trust. Because when we know we can trust God, then even walking into the scary places becomes a little less scary since we know that He is a redeemer and restorer of things. It’s about releasing control and living with a hope of endless possibility.
What do you think are our main stumbling blocks to living life filled with curiosity, and taking that attitude into our relationship with God? The entire middle section of Curious Faith really digs into a few areas that I think are some of the biggest stumbling blocks. When we are in a season of wilderness, dealing with things that feel scary, overcoming fears, periods of waiting, and settling even for less that God’s best are some major inhibitors to living with curiosity. Also just living with the swinging tensions of life and even the hardships that we won’t ever understand this side of heaven. There’s a whole lot out there that can get in the way of living with a curious faith, so that’s why I think it’s so important to address them and figure out how God would have us move through the inhibitors to walk with greater confidence in Him.
When has having a curious faith helped you in a way that took you by surprise? Oh my words…always. It’s a curious faith that led me to write a blog, run a conference, and write a book. NONE of these things were ever in my life plan AT ALL. Truly, some of the greatest opportunities along the way haven’t even been about personal goals, but really more about hopping along a rabbit trail just following God and ending up in places I’d never even imagined for myself.
Can you give us an example of something you do regularly that helps you stay curious, in your faith, family and friendships. Something I’ve realized over the past few years is that part of cultivating a curious faith involves cultivating a curious life. I’m working right now on something I’ll be rolling out mid-May called the Curious Living Summit where I’m interviewing a handful of people who are cultivating curiosity in different areas of life. Everything from talking to my dear old friend Vivian Howard (a James Beard award winning chef and host of PBS’s tv show, A Chef’s Life) about cultivating curiosity in the kitchen, to talking to author and speaker Alli Worthington about how our curiosity can help create balance in our lives to break the busy cycles we find ourselves in. For me, even spending an afternoon painting or on a bike ride with my kids cultivates a curious lifestyle that I see spill over into my faith as well. I’ve noticed that when my curiosity for living is waning, then likely, so is my curiosity for more of God’s possibilities in my life overall.
And lastly, would you like to come for a spot of tea? Yes please.
You can order Curious Faith on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Logan’s done a study guide in the back of the book that has a FREE video series you can find here. She’s also given me some exciting Curious Faith Goodies to giveaway, along with a framed set of my printed promises.
This is the goodie box of things to giveaway to one lucky winner. When you enter you’ll get my Printed Promises as a gift,
and a chance to enter to win Logan’s Curious Faith Goodies Giveaway, plus a framed set of my printed promises. There’s a copy of her book, two beautiful hand painted prints, and a Curious Faith key necklace (which I have to say is pretty cool) in this goodie giveaway. Plus a solid wooden frame and eight prints of God’s promises to switch out daily.
CONGRATULATIONS Denise!! You’ll be getting all these wonderful goodies in the post in the next week or two, so check your mail box.
If you didn’t manage to enter, never mind, you can still download my printed promises by entering your email on the right hand side and I’ll be running more giveaways and having more fun freebies soon.