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2019 Favorites

Hello 2020. I’m grateful you’re here. I am already pumped for all that’s coming in 2020. It’s going to be an AMAZING year, I can feel it. But before we get too far into 2020, I want to  I want to take a minute to record some favorites from 2019. So here are some of …

Highlights of 2018

Favorites of 2018

Favorites of 2018 Hello 2019. I’m grateful you’re here. There are so many things I am already hoping and praying for in the year ahead. But before I get ahead of myself, I want to take a minute to be grateful for what 2018 brought into my life. So here are some of the books, …

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A Homemade Year + Merry Christmas Giveaway

A dear friend of mine, Jerusalem Greer, wrote a book that was published last spring called A Homemade Year. It is a lovely book of of stories, photos, recipes and craft ideas for celebrating the Christian liturgical year. The recipes and crafts are wonderfully practical for giving your family ideas for celebrating some of these …

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Month 5: Waste {Seven}

If it seems like this Seven Project is lasting forever, well, that would be because… it is. Seriously, last month was Media, and I still haven’t caught up on all the things I missed.  Of course, it’s possible that if I am trying to cram all the information back into my life after the screen …

A Cup of Tea with A Side of Prayer

 I just need a couple of hours to myself. Do you ever feel that way? Since Spring Break, it feels like we have been in catch up mode.  Since my husband works at a church, sometimes Holy Week is really busy.  I have to be super intentional to pay attention on Easter Weekend or sometimes …

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3 Encouragements from Reading Bonhoeffer

Only he who cries out for the Jews may sing Gregorian chants. Dietrich Bonhoeffer In January I joined up with a fellow blogger who was hosting a read-along of Bonhoeffer’s biography by Eric Metaxas with the understanding that we would post our thoughts on the first half of this book on February 15 and then …

North Korea

Since reading The Orphan Master’s Son, I have picked up several other books on North Korea.  All of a sudden it’s like I CAN. NOT. LOOK. AWAY. I am obsessed.  The escape stories.  The starvation in camps stories.  The day to day COMPLETE LACK OF FREEDOM.  Every time I think I have read the worst …

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The Orphan Master’s Son

  The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson is a thrilling, stay-up-until-you-can-not-hold-your-eyes-open tale of a young boy who is searching for meaning (and just trying to stay alive) in the most repressive nation of our time. Set in modern day North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son reads like a futuristic George Orwell novel.  I kept …

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Bonhoeffer

In January I joined up with a fellow blogger who was hosting a read-along of Bonhoeffer’s biography by Eric Metaxas with the understanding that we would post our thoughts on the first half of this book today and then do the same for the second half of the book on March 15. I’m so grateful …

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Entering In

Today is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent. The wait for spring. For Resurrection. This treasure of a book, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, has been my Lenten companion for several years now.  It is a collection of essays by all different writers.  It opens with this beautiful quote from Graham Greene: …

Between the World and Me

I finally finished The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson last week and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  The Great Migration is such an important (and much overlooked) part of American history.  So many individual stories of leaving gathered together into a movement that changed America.  Isabel Wilkerson has taken apart the movement …

A Kinder Mistress

I am still working my way through The Warmth of Other Suns. I even read a few stories aloud at dinner this week. I am in the middle of Part 4, which is the is the largest section of The Warmth of Other Suns. The section is entitled The Kinder Mistress, from the Langston Hughes‘ …

Great Migration Tales

It’s important to me at all times of the year to be reading about a culture that makes up half of the town I live in here in Arkansas, but especially during Black History month, I try to introduce some new aspect of African-American history at the Chino House. This year we are looking at …

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Favorite Books of 2012

A few of my favorite reads of 2012 The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer The City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell Peace Like A River by Leif Enger The Fiddler’s Green by A.S. Peterson (sequel to The Fiddler’s …

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Advent Readings

Are you looking for something to read this Christmas?  Here are my Advent Readings for this year. My six year old, Simon, is counting down the days until December 1st. He remembers fondly that even though there is currently no evidence of the coming season in our house, we usually start Christmas on December 1st …

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Seven

Last week I read Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, and thinking about this book is taking up the better part of my brain.  The book is the storytelling of her efforts to do a fast of sorts for seven months, from seven different things. One month she eats seven foods. One …

Still by Lauren Winner

I borrowed Lauren Winner’s new book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, at the beginning of the summer from a friend.  And I still haven’t returned it. It’s one of those books that you can read in one sitting if you don’t stop yourself, so after I read about half of it, I sort of …