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: 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”

The Courage to Go (Book Review)

Growing up in the church (the oldest daughter in a pastors’ family, nonetheless) I am well acquainted with the joys and challenges of being part of a tight-knit community of faith. As an Anabaptist Mennonite, I deeply understand the value (and risks) in the high priority of community.  This past Sunday, in my sermon, IContinue reading “The Courage to Go (Book Review)”

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”

Reading Round Up: June

Untamed by Glennon Melton I have been a huge fan of Glennon’s work. I devoured and shared her first two books. This one fell short for me, and I’m still wrestling out the whys… Grief 2 Growth by Brian Smith For a detailed review as requested by Speakeasy, see this post. At Home by TedContinue reading “Reading Round Up: June”