[My review here] Hmm…I’m not sure about this one yet. It’s about “sacred activism” and has some very intriguing parts that challenge me but also some sections when I ask, “Why is this in here?” Overall, it’s more thumbs-up than thumbs-down, but I’m not finished yet.
(No relation to Occupy Spirituality above.) So far it’s spot-on about the importance of being an authentic Christian with imperfections versus one who acts as if she has it all together. I’m borrowing this small book from Jenna.
This novel by a fellow-blogger I admire has just taken a dramatic turn (I’m about halfway finished). An enjoyable read about a young priest in Europe and his encounters with faith, friends, and a young American woman.
Still slowly working my way through this book about the culture that Jesus stepped into. The latest chapters have been about Jesus’ most famous sermon, fasting, and the Sabbath.
Finished from May’s nightstand
I cried. But that’s okay. I laughed an equal amount (if not more). It’s a story well-told of the lives of some teenage cancer patients. I enjoyed Green’s writing style as well as the realism he employed in this supposed work of fiction.
Care about what you do. Treat your work as art. I love how Seth Godin packs so much in so few words. “Don’t worry about your stuff. Worry about making meaning instead.” – Godin
My review here. A rich walk through scripture to see how people asked God for mercy, and how he gave it, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament through Jesus. Then how we should be asking for it as well.
“We actually desire God’s mercy more the closer we get to him, not only because we see our shortcomings in light of his perfection, but also because knowing God is knowing that he is merciful.” – Gelinas
Almost 50 years old, this book is still a treasure. Well-written and nicely illustrated with Peanuts cartoons, it pierces to the spiritual meanings underneath the comic strip.
“This is why all real art, though at first it may seem to be a most welcome escape from reality, will inevitably lead one into a face to face encounter with reality—but always with reality in a different light from which it was first seen.” – Short
Another winner from Yancey. He reminds us to appreciate being here, but to continue longing for there.
“Live for God in the here and now. Live also in the future, storing up for yourselves eternal treasure—which you do by living in the here and now.” – Yancey
A sweet book. A nice blend of writing tips and ideology about why we write.
“Writers foster the growth of readers’ souls, and the best soil for growth is love. Writing can be love made visible. In the end, one of our best ways to truly change readers is to love them.” – Pipher
An excellent book! It explains the 6 aptitudes needed in this new millennium to successfully navigate the world. They are: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning. And as the title suggests, they involve tapping into the right side of the brain as well as the left.
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What book(s) are you reading this month?
- Worship in rhythm
- Update on my friend Lindsey