Welcome to The Soup!

I’m Shannan Martin, a mom/wife/neighbor in Goshen, Indiana. I’m a voracious reader, a wannabe-gardener, a news-geek, a thrift store-stalker, a justice-fighter, and an aficionado of not-too-spicy salsa. I’m an author (Start with Hello, The Ministry of Ordinary Places, and Falling Free) and a cook at a local non-profit dedicated to feeding our community. I fall asleep most nights thinking about breakfast.

How does this work?

Here at The Soup, I’m committed to shining light on both the struggle and the magic of being human. Life is relentless and magnificent. Learning to honor all of it is the secret to a life well-loved.

Once a month, I send out a free issue of The Soup. Those who want seconds (and thirds!) can subscribe for $5/month (or discounted at $50/year.) Paid subscribers hear from me more often and gain access to our secret Instagram account. Thank you for supporting my work as a writer. I’m so glad you’re here.

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PS - If you’d like to be a paid subscriber but the fee is a struggle (been there!) please let me know and I’ll add you to the list, no questions asked.

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Dispatches on a Life Well Loved


Mom/author/neighbor. The best of life is found in the crumbs.