Author: Stephen Carter

In Weakness, Strength

By Jacob Baker Always look for the helpers. There’s always someone who is trying to help. —Fred Rogers   I feel fortunate to call Jerilyn a friend, although this is a rather common relationship since there are literally thousands who claim the same. I first heard of her on social media, an increasingly prominent name …

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2017 Sunstone Fiction Contest Winners

Every year, Sunstone sponsors a fiction contest funded by the generosity of an anonymous donor. Today, we’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Sunstone Fiction Contest. 1st Place: “Tower,” by Ryan McIlvain. On the heels of his father’s suicide, an aspiring writer reinterprets a fateful home teaching visit. 2nd Place: “Jesus Christ (Almost) …

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2017 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest Winners

This has been an especially fruitful year for the England Personal Essay Contest. Normally the judges give out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, but this year they gave out three 1st places and three honorable mentions. It’s the first time in the history of the contest that six prizes have been given out. Congratulations to the winners! Sunstone subscribers …

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What Is Struggling to Be Born?

By Carol Lynn Pearson I wrote a little poem, and often I found myself reading it over the phone to women who called me needing to share a heavy burden. LABOR You have come in Like a wounded animal That crawls into a log To die. Now Do not think me Unfeeling. It’s just that …

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