SO MUCH GOOD STUFF OUT THERE! Here are some of my favorites are:
Pictures from FB I loved:
This church’s sense of humor.
In the written world, if you read nothing else this week, read this from Sarah Bessey: the sanitized stories we tell. This is easily my favorite thing she has ever written (and that’s saying something), but more than that this is so important for us to know.
My friend Aubrey Sampson guest posted on Ann Voskamp’s blog this week, with how to find hope on the other side of shame. Friends, you need to read this one. Really.
Also, if you didn’t listen to the Pope’s address to congress this week, here is the transcript. I loved how he appealed to our better nature, our heroes, and the things we are grateful for in our own lives as a basis for “do unto others as you would have done unto you” compassion, especially w.r.t. poverty and immigration. Go, Pope!
My Mom sent me this and it is fabulous: 13 Helpful Phrases You Can Say To Calm an Anxious Child.
Then I read two things this week which both gave me chills – but they were polar opposites of the worst of oppression and the most incredible freedom for women:
- an untitled poem about one woman’s experience from age 6. It is chilling. I wept. And yet this happens and we should know.
- but on the other hand, this manifesto from Kelly Delp, on the legacy of freedom she got from her parents: as a woman and as an daughter of Christ empowered to minister the gospel: they named me bold.
Both really are worth reading.
Hilarious this week:
- 20 PhD Students Dumb Down their Thesis Just For Us, from Tickld. (I really was tickld!)
- A Dad turned all the ridiculous things he has said to his kids into a book. (“Did you put syrup on the dog?”)
This was my favorite thing from Humans of New York: one teacher on why he hates pot: “people say pot makes you more creative, but from what I’ve seen, it narrows my student’s minds…” Read the whole thing.
On the blog: I was surprised by the response to this one (thank you!): The Problem of Invisible Resistance.
Then, something new – I got to stand in at RELEVANT magazine for their advice columnist… like an “ask me anything”, but with a twist! Why Is My Husband Being Asked To Help In The Church And Not Me?
And then, by far the most squeal-worthy exciting thing that happened this morning was to receive a copy of the new NIV Bible for Women, and name in it!!! I am still so stunned to have been able to contribute a handful of devotions to this volume… so here’s the “click” to check it out on Amazon 🙂 Look! see my
Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy all the great reads out there!