books i read
Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young – Yes, the same guy who wrote The Shack. I loved this follow-up. It takes some suspension of disbelief for the premise but once you buy in, it’s a beautiful book. I found it insightful and moving. I don’t want to give away the plot, but if you loved The Shack, you’ll love this one. Probably even more.
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth – This is the first book in a trilogy of memoirs. It’s the basis for my beloved Call the Midwife television programme on BBC. This book is absolutely brilliant. I didn’t know what to expect since the show is so lovely, but the book is a delight. I found myself genuinely rejoicing and loving the people of the East End with “Jenny Lee.” I will say that Chummy in the show is better than Chummy in the book though. I have an essay I’m halfway working on about mission theology in Call the Midwife – I really should finish it.
Harvesting Fog by Luci Shaw – Still savouring this one.
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist – This is an advanced copy as the book hasn’t released yet but people. People. Seriously. You will want to buy this book and then buy six more to hand out to your friends. It’s beautiful, disarming, theological, and lovely. Shauna is like the dear friend who loves you, and then quietly throws the big truth bomb into the middle of your own mess. And I made about three or four of her recipes already.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown – I mentioned this one in my January round-up, but finally finished it this month. And WHOA. Must-read. I underlined madly and I’ll take the wisdom forward into my life.
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee – This book is a gift to the Church. I feel like God has called Justin for just such a time as this. He’s a grace-filled truth-teller with a gentleness to him.
The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty-Fighter by Dan King – I travelled to Haiti with Dan King and he tucked this book into my backpack. I’m embarrassed it took me a few months to finally read it because it’s a compelling first-person account of falling in love with Jesus and justice. I felt very drawn towards Dan while we were in Haiti, and now I know why – his heart is after God.
Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns – This was the first book in Kelley Nikondeha’s #TransitLounge bookclub. I don’t have time to do a big review but I finished it! Don’t miss all of the links and reviews as they discuss it further. The next book is The Politics of Jesus by John Yoder. (Also: don’t miss this Twitter account parody, John Yoda.)
Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World by Lisa Bevere – I heard Lisa speak a few years ago and, even though our style or personalities are so different, I was drawn to her passion. I picked this book up at the used book store and found the same thing: we may write very differently, but her passion drew me in.
books on my nightstand right now
The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
television worth watching
Doctor Who – I’m nearly finished with series 4. I’ve steadily been watching and becoming steadily more obsessed. When I watched the episode with the weeping angels, I nearly came out of my skin with needing to Talk About All The Things but I refrained. Twitter, you’re welcome.
Call the Midwife – I’m watching series 2 from the UK right now. It’s even better than series 1.
movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre
Emma (2009 BBC Version)
starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller is an absolute delight. It really captures the lightness and felicity of the book. Absolutely adored it. A perfect Sunday afternoon movie.
in my ears
For the Sake of the World (CD/ DVD) Bethel Church – I pretty much downloaded this album for the sake of the song, This is Amazing Grace.
I must tell you how much I am loving Jonathan Martin’s sermons. I downloaded a bunch of them after Kelley Nikondeha told me it was an imperative. Well. Well. Well. Let me just say that I started crying – like really crying – on the elliptical machine at the gym and had to compose myself during his recent series about the women of the Gospels. So if you’re looking for a good podcast, let me commend our brother Jonathan (a self-proclaimed “hillbilly Pentecostal”) to you.
in my kitchen
It’s been a grey and rainy February, so I’ve turned to comfort food. The big winner this month is Pioneer Woman’s Lasagna.
Oh, and can I just say that Kelly at Love Well’s garlicky green beans are a revelation? I never liked green beans until I tried to make them with this recipe. Now I can’t stop. I make green beans at almost every meal. One night, my sister came over for supper and we ended up nearly fighting over the green beans. She wanted to lick the bowl.
pinning all the things
random thing making me happy
Evelynn Joan’s ringlets. I mean, seriously. Have you ever seen such hair?
And let me assure you, this hair is an apt metaphor for her little personality – she’s a riot, absolutely stuffed full of mischief and trouble-making but pure sunshine. This girl creates more havoc than the rest of them put together, meanwhile butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.
what i’m looking forward to next month
I’m enjoying my slow-down in my online life, as life here has picked up quite a lot lately. I still likely won’t be posting much for the next month or two – instead of usual prolific 5 posts a week, it may be more like one or two – but I’ll be around here and there.
I have my first two little get-togethers with a couple of groups locally. Overall, I’m looking forward to it. Both groups seem like a wonderful and low-pressure place for me to begin to get my feet wet. (I put together a Speaking page for the old blog. Let me know if I can pop by with your people, eh? I promise I won’t cry – much.)
I’m into line edits with Jesus Feminist. You guys, I cannot WAIT to give this book to you. Cannot. It is killing me not to share it.
Tinies have their spring break this month. So looking forward to two weeks without packing lunches. (And having the tinies home full-time, of course.)
Also, my birthday is this month!
So what about you? What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?