Book Review: So Fill Our Imaginations

“If the parables of Jesus…are meant to be ‘destabilizing’…and if they work according to ‘a pattern of orientation, disorientation, and reorientation’…we should be made uncomfortable,” theology professor and occasional preacher Mark Lloyd Taylor remarks in one of the sermons featured in this collection.  As a closing reflection on the parable of the talents, I flaggedContinue reading “Book Review: So Fill Our Imaginations”

Into the Mess: Book Review

Written in short reflections on pericipes of scripture, I had intended to savor Into the Mess & Other Jesus Stories devotionally, reading one per day. But, I was so drawn in and moved by Debie Thomas’s reflections that I devoured this book in an evening.  Much like a simple turn of the diamond, Thomas takesContinue reading “Into the Mess: Book Review”

Book Review: Birthing the Holy

The organization I work for has found itself in a threshold season. As Christine Valters Paintner writes in her newest book, Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal, “Thresholds are liminal times when the past season has come to a close but there is a profound unknowing of what will comeContinue reading “Book Review: Birthing the Holy”

Non-Fiction Recommendations

In addition to reading books in print, on my kindle or listening to audio, another way I keep myself reading, is to always be part way into a book. I generally have a fiction and a non-fiction book going at any one time.  Some of my top non-fiction recommendations from my reading this year are: Continue reading “Non-Fiction Recommendations”

Book(ish Odds and) Ends

If you’re not much for rom-coms or beach reads, or you need a different kind of book to break you out of a reading slump, here are some other fiction titles that I have really enjoyed and recommend frequently over the past few months.  I am indebted to my reader friend and book club convenerContinue reading “Book(ish Odds and) Ends”

Book Review: Audio Books

This year, I have tried two new things in my reading life. First, I overcame my resistance to learning new technology and downloaded the Storygraph app.  While I was perfectly content with my paper-and-pen-book journal for logging what I had read, I have to say the graphed data this provides is pretty interesting. And, I’veContinue reading “Book Review: Audio Books”

Summer Reading Suggestions

In the first half of 2022, I’ve had surgery, received a cancer diagnosis, started a new job and taken a summer job. (It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything is fine.)  Rhythm. Balance. Juggle. Pick your metaphor– the only constant has been chaotic uncertainty, which has been a boon for my reading life (as reading is myContinue reading “Summer Reading Suggestions”

Book Review: Practicing the Monastic Disciplines

This time two years ago, my friend Gwen Lantz and I were putting into action a dream we shared. We put pen to paper (and fingers to keyboard) and drafted our first series at Some Comfort and Joy, a devotional blog that offers reflections and spiritual practices connected to the rhythms of the liturgical yearContinue reading “Book Review: Practicing the Monastic Disciplines”

Book Review: The Soul’s Slow Ripening

“The longest journey seems to be the letting go of the expectations, the assumptions, the woundedness; all of the ways we seek just what we are looking for rather than what is waiting to be revealed.” (Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul’s Slow Ripening) The early days of the pandemic came just a few weeks intoContinue reading “Book Review: The Soul’s Slow Ripening”

Fight Like Jesus

Just a few weeks post-op, I found myself standing in an unfamiliar pulpit, preparing to preach to a crowd of people who were mostly unknown to me. My hands were a bit shaky (a side effect of temporary medications); I had tried on too many outfits (in an attempt to figure out which what wouldContinue reading “Fight Like Jesus”