Ten Books I want to read in 2016 (plus one)

1.For the Love – Jen Hatmaker

2. Coming Clean – Seth Haines (Finished)

3. Out of Sorts – Sarah Bessey (Finished)

4. Wild in the Hollows – Amber Haines

5. Vanishing Grace – Philip Yancey

6. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

7. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel (Abandoned audio version – loved DVD)

8. Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry (Finished)

9. Faithful Place – Tana French (Book 3)

10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

and….

Written in my Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon

 

Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Reads from 2015

  1. Rare Bird – Anna Whitston-Donaldson   A memoir of loss – which sounds depressing, but it is not.
  2. Searching for Sunday – Rachel Held Evans  Spiritual memoir.
  3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gwande Exactly what it sounds like it’s about.
  4. The Likeness – Tana French Second in her series of mysteries.  Good stuff.
  5. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Enjoyed this one, too.

 

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Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Life is nothing if not an interesting adventure.”

One day,  age and gravity will conspire against you.

Your soft and lovely loose parts will sag and wrinkle.

You will become shaped differently.

Your body will fatigue easily.

Your life will change…

And when it does…. Remember that this does not stop you from being who you are.

~~~~~~Linda Anfuso

Published in: on November 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Northumbria UK

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Ruins on Holy Island Lindisfarne

WHAT MEAN THESE STONES?
Land of my fathers,
how I long to return,
to touch thy earth,
and find again thy sacred paths,
well-walked with the Gospel of Peace,
veiled now in the shadow of mediocrity.

‘What mean these stones’
which beset thy coastline,
who in twisted agony cry out
in praise and supplication of Him
and the renewal of the faith
that bled to secure them there?

Yet we would walk again
thy sacred paths,
repair thy ancient ruins,
restore thy broken altars,
raise up the foundations
of many generations.

Hear this, you lands of the South
who hold many in captivity
by your empty words
and well-worn myths,
who neglect to see justice
for the poor, the widow,
the fatherless.

Look to the North –
for lo your Redeemer comes,
clothed in the poverty of the few
who dare to speak His name,
without vanity,
in a whisper,
lest the earth should tremble
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.

Poor of Yahweh, arise,
take up the ancient mantle
which has awaited your day;
clothe yourselves within its humility,
for you have been set
as a stumbling block for many.

Fr John Skinner – 1985

Published in: on October 10, 2015 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Books in 2014 – in no particular order

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  1. 7 – An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – Jen Hatmaker    Challenging. 
  1. Still Alice – Lisa Genova  Emotional but in a good way.  
  1. Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson Eye Opening. 
  1. In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity – Jim Belcher    A Journey. 
  1. In The Woods – Tana French  Mystery.  Irish. Want to read her others now. 
  1. Girl at the End of the World: My Escape From Fundamentalism in Search of Faith With a Future – Elizabeth Esther  Interesting – in the list of many memoirs I read.  
  1. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell  YA – good read. 
  1. Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer – Micha Boyett   Benedictine practices for a young mom – wish this was around in my day as a young mom. 
  2. Interrupted : When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity – Jen Hatmaker  How God can change your life. 
  1. Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith – Michelle DeRusha  Another “wish it was around to read a few years ago.”
  2. The Husband’s Secret – Lianne Moriarty  Interesting story – a bit of a twist. 

So – onto 2015.  Any recommendations?

 

 

Published in: on January 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Blogs

Since I’m not really blogging at this point – here are some to try.  In no particular order – and this is how the Internet can be like reading a very large magazine.

Kate Baer

Modern Mrs Darcy

A Cup of Joe

Barnstorming

Deliberate Reader

Addie Zierman

Internet Monk

Hollywood Housewife

Caris Adel

Karen Spears Zacharias

Rachel Held Evans

A Holy Experience

Published in: on January 7, 2015 at 7:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Evening Prayer – Celtic Book of Prayer

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Lord, You have always given 

bread for the coming day;

and though I am poor, today I believe. 

 

Lord, You have always given 

strength for the coming day;

and though I am weak, today I believe. 

 

Lord, You have always given

peace for the coming day;

and though of anxious heart, today I believe. 

 

Lord, You have always kept me

safe in trials;

and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

 

Lord, You have always marked 

the road for the coming day;

and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

 

Lord, You have always lightened 

this darkness of mine;

and though the night is here, today I believe. 

 

Lord, You have always spoken 

when time was ripe;

and though you be silent now, today I believe. 

Published in: on August 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm  Comments (2)  

May 31, 1980

May 31, 1980

We were children. But so in love. And we didn’t really know what that meant. But we learned. And are still learning.

Thirty four years!

Published in: on May 30, 2014 at 6:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Some (mostly) Non-Fiction Books I’ve Enjoyed in 2013 (and maybe 1 from 2012)

When We Were On Fire – memoir of Addie Zierman’s church life in the 90s – which did not sound too different from my church life in the 70s.  She blogs here: Addie Zierman – How to Talk Evangelical

Bread and Wine – Community, sharing a meal with friends, relationships formed, and a balanced view of feasting or restraint.  With recipes. Shauna Niequist is an articulate, vulnerable writer. She blogs here: Shauna Niequist

 Every Good Endeavor – Tim Keller’s (Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC)  book on our job as our service to God.  No matter what our job is.  

Praying for Strangers – River Jordan decides to pray for a stranger each day for a year.  She starts praying without letting the stranger know – and eventually begins to approach the person (stranger) to let him or her know what she’s doing.  She never gets rebuffed and the stories are moving.  Brave woman – who is changed through her journey.

Chasing Francis – after a brief slow start, I ended up loving this book.  Fictional memoir, Italy sounded great, as does the food, and the deep contemplation of a faith crisis in a pastor’s life. (fiction but reads as memoir)

Quiet – Susan Cain’s book telling us that Introverts have value.   Ted Talk – Susan Cain

The Long Good-bye – memoir – the loss of a mother who died too young. Meghan O’Rourke.   Very moving and thought provoking.  Thinking I’d like to be around for my daughters until they’re more ready for me to be gone.🙂   NYTIMES review

The Rules of Inheritance – memoir of Claire Bidwell Smith on the loss of both parents when she was a teen and then young adult  – chapters in a non-linear structure.  Another blogger writer.  Claire Bidwell Smith

Published in: on December 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm  Comments (7)  

Before We Know the Future

I was in my kitchen in Orange, VA with NBC’s Today Show playing on my little tv as I cleaned up the dishes.  My daughters (ages 14 and 13) were beginning their homeschool work for the day in another room.  I heard Katie Couric and Matt Lauer report that it appeared that a small plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers.  Or was it an explosion? They talked to a witness, wondering what was going on.  I called the girls into the kitchen and we watched as the second tower was hit.   One of my daughters said “wow, nothing like this has happened in my life”.

We watched history happening throughout the day – schoolwork and anything else set aside – and listened to the reports of the other two planes crashing into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.   The footage of the planes crashing into the towers was played again and again,  and the people were running and the smoke was billowing and it was all so horrible.

I went to class that night (microbiology) in Charlottesville and the instructor dismissed us, finding it impossible to teach.

At the time, my oldest son was serving as a reservist and was in Fort Dix, NJ – preparing to leave for a deployment to Bosnia.   Since that day 12 years ago,  my two sons have served 12 deployments between them.  I am a mom who is proud of their service.

Strong opinions about whether we should be wherever are voiced all over the internet and on tv.  I am not one of those people with a strong opinion because it can be difficult to KNOW. I struggle with what is the right choice because I do not know the future.

I do know it’s much easier to form an opinion on the right decision in hindsight.  Many will be writing books decades from now about what should have been done or how things could have gone better.  Lest we get too smug and know it all,  here’s what was printed in an encyclopedia about Hitler – published in 1931:

From Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia – Volume XV – Haggard – Hovey Copyright 1931 

Entry found on page 395 

Hitler, Adolf (1889–)

German political leader, born in Austria, but a naturalized Bavarian. In November, 1920, he organized a movement in Bavaria based on the Fascist movement in Italy. His followers wear gray shirts and brassards with a swastika in a white circular field on red. They were said to be armed with blackjacks. Hitler stood for a strong, united Germany. On Nov. 8, 1923, he and General Von Ludendorff seized the government at Munich, but their power lasted only a few hours. Ludendorff was captured first; Hitler was taken on November 12. They were tried for treason in April, 1924, and Hitler was sentenced to a short term in the fortress at Landsber, Bavaria. 

That’s ALL that was written about him in this “antique” encyclopedia.  But now we know the rest of the story.

Before we knew what had truly happened, reporters wondered and we watched not knowing :

Published in: on September 11, 2013 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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