Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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A Good Friday Tradition: Hot Cross Buns

March 24, 2018

Ever since my oldest child was big enough to stand on a chair and hold a wooden spoon, we have made these hot cross buns on Good Friday. If you are searching for a great recipe so you can start this tradition in your own family, look no further! For the recipe, and some reflections on the benefits of keeping traditions with children, see my guest post on You can read the post here.

Spirituality for Ordinary People: Book Giveaway

March 6, 2018

Matt Brough is celebrating the first anniversary of his podcast, Spirituality for Ordinary People, by giving away a bundle of books (24 to be precise)! Included in the prize package is my own children’s book, Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter. Find out more here.

While you’re at at it, check out my conversation with Matt on the topic of spirituality and children, travelling through the circle of the Church Year, observing Advent, and my book, Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas. Listen to the interview here.



Make Room, Atonement Theologies, and Other Matters: A Conversation with Traci Smith

February 3, 2018

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Sometimes when I am asked to write short posts about my books, I feel like I am repeating myself. But when Traci Smith sent me some questions to consider for a guest post on her blog, I knew that our conversation was going to head into some interesting territory. Read the interview here and while you’re at it, spend some time browsing Traci’s blog.

Chocolate or Ashes?

January 24, 2018

IMG_7375Lent begins on February 14th this year. So which will it be? Chocolate or ashes? My thoughts on this question–and on the deep significance of this season–are in the latest issue of Glad Tidings magazine. Read the article here.

The Gifts of Darkness

November 30, 2017


My newest blog post for The Hub explores the gifts of darkness, something worth pondering as we approach the Advent Season and prepare to celebrate the coming of the Light. Read it here.

Four Books for Advent: Including Look!

November 29, 2017


“This book honors a child’s ability to be a young theologian…”

Sybil MacBeth’s books–especially Praying in Color–have shaped and nourished my practice of prayer for many years. So I am particularly grateful to her for including Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas on her latest blog post. Read it here.