About the Author

Christine Organ

Christine Organ lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons. She has written or contributed to multiple books, including "Open Boxes: the gifts of living a full and connected life" and "I Just Want to Be Perfect."

She is a staff writer for Scary Mommy and regular contributor to Babble, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Brain, Child, among others.

She writes at www.christineorgan.com and has been interviewed on Headline News (a division of CNN).

About the Book

Open Boxes the gifts of living a full and connected life

A celebration of the human spirit, Open Boxes is a collection of stories that doesn't just tell readers - but shows readers - how to live fully and connect deeply by reveling in the sacred within our everyday lives. Through stories about everything from spirituality and parenting, self-acceptance and friendship, shopping at Old Navy and bowling with preschoolers, readers will be inspired to gently lift the lids off of their compartmentalized lives and tie together the torn and tattered pieces that lie inside in order to live more fully and connect more deeply with the people and world around them. Open Boxes is filled with stories of comfort, struggle, heartache, joy, insight, compassion, resilience, and redemption. Like a cup of coffee with a good friend, the stories will soothe and inspire, uplift and motivate, entertain and encourage.

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Here in The Middle: Stories of Love, Loss, and Connection from The Ones Sandwiched In Between

The middle years of life are ones of tremendous joy and unchartered challenges. Often times, these are the years when we are pulled in multiple directions, with the needs of our career, marriage, children, aging parents, and friendships all taking a toll on our time and energy. But it can also be a time filled with simple pleasures, deeper connections, and settling into our own skin. Here In The Middle is a collection of essays co-edited by Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson giving a voice to the complexity of the middle place, sandwiched between love and loss. Both contributed as part of the thirty-two other writers hoping readers can find acceptance, solace, and understanding.