In which I link you up (vol 1.9)

Why, yes. This *is* a Les Miserable flash mob at a wedding singing “One Day More.”

And yes, it is making me ridiculously happy. (h/t Jessica Heights)

link love

Noah Pozner’s Mom Describes Newtown Victim’s Body, And Why We Should All Listen at Inquisitir

How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz – and Us (Alternately titled: Everyone Interesting is a Felon) by Tim Wu for The New Yorker

Tragically Hip: Privilege and the Emerging Church by Suzannah Paul

Why the World is More Dangerous With Fewer Girls by V. Rukmini Rao and Lynette Dumble for the Sydney Morning Herald

Brave Moms Raise Brave Kids by Jen Hatmaker (<—-SERIOUSLY.)

Why I Don’t Own a Gun by Pastor Brian Zahnd for Word of Life Church

Jodie Foster, Honey Boo Boo, and Rebecca Black by Emma Teitel for MacLeans

Not Of or On But In by John Blase for Deeper Church

There’s More To Life Than Being Happy by Emily Esfahani Smith for The Atlantic

ShePonders: Swords Into Ploughshares by Kelley Nikondeha for SheLoves Magazine

To Be Indian in Canada by Richard Wagamese for The Globe and Mail

The Spiritual Practice of Slowness by Micha Boyett

Why the Internet Needs A Deeper Story/Church/Family by Preston Yancey

Non-Violence for White People by Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove for Red Letter Christians

3 Things About 1 Word – Power by Kathy Escobar

Do you hear the people sing? Martin Luther King Jr & Les Miserables’ Case for a Socialism of Grace by Jarod McKenna

my own most read post


In which I get rid of my mobile phone (and learn a few things)


P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win a handknit cowl! I’ll pick a winner on Saturday.

favourite instagram (@sarahbessey)

a day at Crescent Beach with friends (Tina also took my official “author headshot” photos on this day)

weekend meditation

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection (<— This book messed me up. I’ll post about it soon.)


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  • Kelley Nikondeha

    thanks for the mention, friend. thanks for joining me in deep transformation, from guns to grain! Many of these are on my top list this week, too. Brian Zahnd, Suzannah Paul, Jonathon Wilson-Hartgrove, Preston Yancey – all stirring me in holy ways. Love Brene… look forward to your reflections on her book! Sending love from AZ.

  • Jenn

    I love that after a busy week of working and pretty much ignoring the internet, you my lovely friend can be trusted on to pull together all the must reads for me to catch up!

  • HopefulLeigh

    That flash mob may be my new favorite thing. *wipes away tears*

  • suzannah | the smitten word

    sweet mercy, that link from kathy about put me over the edge in the best way. so grateful for you and her and everyone lighting a better way. thanks for including my post among such beauty. happiest weekend to you and yours.

  • Deanna Martinez

    “The Gifts of Imperfection (<— This book messed me up…)" I could say the same. I find myself having to restrain myself from bringing her ideas up in conversation on a daily basis, or else people will think I am too obsessed with her. But the truth is, her ideas about vulnerability run so counter to how I operate, I HAVE to talk about it..,Its changed the lens through which I view my life and how I define success, and failure. Her new book Daring Greatly is excellent as well. Can't wait to read your thoughts. :)