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”

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: 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”

Book Review: Walking Each Other Home

I grew up in a pastor’s family. From the beginning of their marriage my parents were in ministry together, and as I grew up, my mom continued to embrace her own sense of call and giftedness.  Perhaps then it’s unsurprising that I, too, now find myself in ministry; embracing my calling and gifts as myContinue reading “Book Review: Walking Each Other Home”

Reading Round Up

Beach Read by Emily Henry This was a fun read….as most everyone else has already said– not what you expect from the title/cover, but an enjoyable rom-com that touches on family issues and how they shape us. The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai Recommended by my reading buddy and cousin this is aContinue reading “Reading Round Up”

Reading Round Up

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger This was our book club pick for August. It’s a slow build with a very interesting reveal/wrap up ending. I struggled to care about any of the characters in particular, but am interested to hear what others thought and see where our discussion takes us. You Should See MeContinue reading “Reading Round Up”

Reading Round Up

These are the books I finished at the end of August… The Prayer God Answers by Eberhard Arnold & Richard Foster I found this free e-book through Plough publishing and checked it out in hopes of sharing it with a particular person in the congregation. Written in two parts, it’s first the writings of ArnoldContinue reading “Reading Round Up”