What I'm Into :: May 2013 Sarah Bessey

books i read

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton. I was terrified to read Glennon’s book because I love her blog so much. But sure enough, she did not disappoint me. This was the only book I put my life on hold to read in its entirety over these past two months.  I laughed, I cried, and I felt a little more understood, a little more connected to life, a little more human at the end. Glennon might be my spirit-animal.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Haunting, sad, and beautiful story.

Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp. Heather’s story is unflinchingly honest. The tendency in memoir is to make yourself look misunderstood and sympathetic, but Heather refuses to hide her own hypocrisy and questions. It’s heartbreaking, wise, hopeful, and full of grace.

Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do by Christine Caine. I am so inspired by Christine Caine – not only her work, but her approach to life. I felt lit up with challenge when I’d finished her new book.

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax. Terrible book. Just terrible. That’s what I get for deviating from my carefully curated list of what-I-want-to-read.

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving. It was impossible for this book to live up to the hype I’ve heard for years now. So I finally read it, and yes, I liked it, but like I said, my expectations were probably too high and so I did feel a bit let down.

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse and  Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End both by Jennifer Worth.  These are the final two books in the Call the Midwife trilogy and I’m ready to mount a petition to make it required reading in seminaries.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell. Not my favourite of his, but I did like it, and loved to see him working through the redemptive movement hermeneutic. But, as always, my main beef is that he doesn’t footnote or credit the people who influence his theology. Bad form, right?

books on my nightstand right now

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Decoded by Jay-Z

television worth watching

Doctor Who – I finished it. I am completely 100% caught up and now waiting with bated breath for the 50th anniversary special. And so of course, I promptly turned around and started again at the beginning.

movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre

The Great Gatsby: Brilliant. Absolutely utterly brilliant, wasteful, sad, and complex.

in my ears

I bought the Music Machine Complete 3-CD Set! There’s no shame in my retro Chrsitian kid game, baby. Yes, they’re cheesy but I love them forever and ever, amen.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby soundtrack is on quite a lot since I watched the movie. I’m utterly haunted by Lana del Ray’s song on there, Will You Still Love Me When I’m No Longer Young and Beautiful? and it’s on repeat.

in my kitchen

I’m doing my best to eat more veggies. My favourite recipes so far are Kelly at Love Well’s Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower


This Caramelized baked chicken recipe probably makes some real-food eaters a bit nauseous but it was tender and delicious and the tinies gobbled it up. So I’ll call it a win.

And I’ve got big plans for these popsicles to make this summer and I imagine we’ll knock off a few of these 20 classic summer crafts for kids, too.

So, friends, what about you?

What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?


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