Motherhood in the Balance: Children, Career, God, and Me (2001), originally published as Dance Lessons: Moving to the Rhythm of a Crazy God (1999).

A narrative nonfiction inquiry into identity and vocation braided from three overlapping narrative strands: an account of more-or-less bewildered motherhood; an inquiry into the relationship between faith and imagination; and a writer's coming-of-age story as I realize that I am (I am called to be) not an English professor but a writer, my own work in my own voice, not at a safe scholarly distance from the messy passions of life. The tale begins with an utterly unexpected pregnancy (I'd been told I wasn't fertile). It ends a dozen years later as I drag from a closet a carton holding decades of writerly journals and narrative sketches -- an "unexpected pregnancy" of another sort, perhaps.

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