Happy New Year!! What did you do? I SLEPT.
Also, I read: both books and articles. Here are some of my favorites.
I’ve been reading a lot about Autism this week, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this from Mom-NOS: A Hair-Dryer Kid in a Toaster-Brained World. Wish every kid and every adult could experience this mama’s brilliant little classroom presentation. Read it. Bookmark it. It’s excellent, whether you have a hair-dryer kid or a toaster-brained kid.
I deeply appreciated these reflections from Lore Ferguson on Christless Advice & the Wrestling Christian:
Sometimes we are not being helpful by simply shining a bright light into someone’s face. It is better to shine the light in the path and then walk alongside them in it.
I read this post from Kara Tippetts on New Years’ Eve with tears STREAMING down my face: for some reason, reading words about living from a woman who is dying were made all the more poignant on an evening where 2014 drew to a close and 2015 was just beginning: By Degrees – Living and Dying:
Loving big in new corners always grows a spirit in strength.
Briana Meade’s reflections on the New Year and being in her late Twenties could just as easily be written of being in one’s late Thirties. This is SO GOOD, y’all: Welcome to your Twenties: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Cindy Brandt’s What I Learned Living Cross-Culturally as a Christian is just excellent. I get asked to speak about sharing the gospel cross-culturally from time to time (especially in the context of short term missions training), and I think in future I may just have them read Cindy’s piece. It’s a keeper. Put it in your files.
Kathy Khang has some sober food for thought in Forgiveness Six Feet Under, reflecting on it being 9 years since her mother-in-law, with whom she had a very strained relationship, passed. Kathy’s piece is such a good call to reflect.
Most everyone was doing a round-up of 2014 this past week (I always love looking at those), but specifically wanted to point out the top 20 pieces from Christianity Today in 2014. There were some TRULY EXCELLENT pieces there. I had read about a third of them, and have since read one or two more: all stellar.
Finally, Buzzfeed made a list of 32 Books that will Actually Change Your Life. I haven’t read all of these – so I’m excited about reading some of these. BUT! Sadly, I already have no less than thirty (30!!!!) books at the TOP of my nightstand and kindle right now. I just finished Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (fabulous) and am half way through Anne Lamott’s Small Victories. I also binge read the Count of Monte Cristo over Christmas break and stayed up until 1am to finish the rollicking tale. Sigh I am in reading heaven.
I had a hard and emotional week, so this week’s video clip is a song which brought me both a smile and a great boost of faith:
I was thrilled to have a post up at SheLoves magazine this week on The Secret of Hospitality (Hint: it’s not space). Check it out 🙂
That’s all for this week, friends. Got something you’d like to recommend? Leave a note in the comments! Also, a reminder to send any Ask Me Anything questions or Guest Post ideas to me – I love hearing from you!