Tony Woodlief

Tony Woodlief’s essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, National Review, and WORLD Magazine. His short stories, two of which have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, have appeared in Ruminate and Image. His spiritual memoir, Somewhere More Holy (, was published by Zondervan in 2010. He also blogs about faith, childrearing, and how to properly distribute pickles on cheeseburgers at

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

The modern student too often emerges with his world having been flattened and faded gray, his passion reduced to sexuality, and his curiosity transmogrified into occupational hoop-jumping.


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In the Flesh

I suspect that when Christ demanded the faith of a child, he had this in mind: the squirming, wiggling faith that won’t be cast from my lap, turned away from the pew, forced outside the circle of his brothers.

The Things We Build

I am again a child, or perhaps for the first time a child, crouching beside my children, showing them how to gently pat-pat-pat sand castles into cohesion against the forces that pull all things apart.