AROUND THE WEB
- 4 kinds of introverts
If you’re an introvert, try this quiz. Which are you—social, thinking, anxious, or restrained? I scored as a social introvert.
- If there’s a slippery slope, then Jesus may be leading us down it by Ed Cyzewski
Why we need to let go of our fear of the unknown.
- What your body knows about God
An interview with author Rob Moll. “Our spiritual lives–especially when we engage Scripture, worship, and prayer with all of our attention–will literally transform our brains.”
- The rise of women and the manhood crisis by Carolyn Custis James
Are men and women locked in a zero-sum game? No.
- Goodbye good girl by Erin Davis
Because there are no good girls.
- Read a classic together
Grab a copy of the modern classic Knowing God by J. I. Packer. Beginning August 20, read a couple short chapters each week, then share or just read comments on Tim Challies’ blog. It’s been a long while since I’ve read this book; I’m looking forward to it.
- Books I recommend
I loved reading these in July.
- Stop binge-watching and start binge-reading
I don’t do either. But this is interesting about reading faster.
- 4 non-fiction summer reads
I’ve read none of these but I want to. I trust Jennifer’s recommendations.
- Which books have you abandoned?
Why do we abandon books? The top 5 most abandoned are: Catch-22, Lord of the Rings, Ulysses, Moby-Dick, and Atlas Shrugged. I’ve abandoned 2 of these myself! (Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged)
- In my daily Bible reading, I just finished Jeremiah 31 in the Old Testament and Acts 25 in the New Testament.
- My current Goodreads list is here.
THINGS I LOVE
- Amy’s Useletters
Great 5 or 6 tips appear every Saturday in my inbox from Amy Andrews on things blog-related, social media, etc. There is always something I click on and use.
- Uncle Ellis turns 80
So far, Jeff’s Uncle Ellis has employed Jeff as a teenager to cut his grass, married us in 1992 in Killen, buried our baby in late 1993, and talked theology and life with us for years since. We got to surprise him last week with family at Trowbridges, a long-standing ice cream and sandwich shop in Florence. Such fun!
- Ahhhing and Laughing
Jenna and I have a standing date each week to be amazed at So You Think You Can Dance routines. And Jeff and I watch Last Comic Standing each week to laugh with the newest funny comedians.
I’m a huge podcast fan (a fave this week is #562, This American Life, “The Problem We All Live With”).
So these statistics on podcasts from Copyblogger don’t surprise me. (Via the Infinite Dial 2015 study from Edison Research and Triton Digital)
* 17% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month (that’s 36 million people just in the U.S.A.) — a number that keeps growing.
* 10% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last week — and of this group, the average person listens to six podcast episodes per week.
- Loved spending Friday night at Morgan’s this past weekend.
And most of Saturday together, too. My daughters are fun to be with.
- So we could go to our 2nd Auburn graduation of the summer.
- I made my first 1 Second Video!
It’s one second from each day in July. Once I figured out how to use the app to smash the seconds together, it was quite easy.
ON THE BLOG
- 2 reviews of books I loved:
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
- Find the weird one
Seek out someone different from you.
- Do something small
Everybody can do something. What will you do this week?
LOOKING FORWARD TO
- Meeting the little Kindergarten students in Jenna’s first-ever class!
We had fun getting her room ready.
- A trip to the beach before summer is over? Hopefully one is coming soon.
- Finally getting to meet my newest great-nephew Wallace in person in a few days when he comes into town for a visit with Whitney.
- Listening to the How Can It Be album over and over.
Lauren Daigel has quickly become one of my favorite artists.
The song I have on repeat is track 8, “O’Lord.” “I will stand my ground where hope can be found!”
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What are you into in August? Please share in the comments.
- Everybody can do something. What will you do this week?
- If you don’t see God at work, maybe you’re not looking