books i read
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Like most alumni from the emergent movement of a decade ago, I’ve loved Nadia’s voice and prophetic life for years now. I was so looking forward to her book that I worried I’d make her a victim of impossibly high expectations. But Nadia’s book is even better than I could have imagined. Pastrix is profane, gritty, honest, real, and sacred. It makes me fall in love with both Jesus and the Church all over again. She’s a good cure for a cynic. A bad-ass and a regular pastor and mother all at once, she’s a much-needed voice for us today. I loved this book and underlined it mercilessly.
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider. This was an advanced reader copy and I loved it. I am drawn towards the practices of simple living while being equally intimidated by the adherents and my own love for coffeeshop Americanos and use of disposable diapers for our babies. But Tsh blends storytelling with ideas and inspiration, without devolving into “tips and tricks” or lists. She shares her own journey – filled with wisdom, I might add – and opens the door for the rest of us to set out on our lives.
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2) and The Well of Lost Plots (#3) by Jasper Fforde. I love this weird and hilarious series. I haven’t loved a postmodern novel since Douglas Coupland but these are up there, let me tell you. Fantastical, witty, hilarious, complex, and weird.
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller. Absolutely loved this book. This is one of my favourite stories in Scripture because I’ve always thought of it in terms of the Father, not the younger son. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Keller, and this slim book deserves status as a classic. Beautiful, moving, grace-filled, accessible, and so true.
When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey. I finally gave up on this one. I wanted to like it so much but I just couldn’t seem to get into the story, I’m afraid.
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander) by Diane Gabaldon. I started this series with a lot of hope but I’m afraid I’m crapping out on this one. Just not into it.
books on my nightstand right now
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams
Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) by David E. Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw
Things Your Mother Never Told You: A Woman’s Guide to Sexuality by Dr. Kim Gaines Eckert (this is an advanced review copy)
Eat with Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food by Rachel Marie Stone
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
television worth watching
Downton Abbey series 4 has started in the UK!
It’s been a good start to the series. Don’t worry – no spoilers here. But I think the ground-work has been laid for a good series and, let’s face it, no one ended up laying on the road bleeding from the ear so I’ll call that a win.
As discussed on my Facebook page, North American audiences CAN in fact watch Downton Abbey now. Here’s what you do: download the app TunnelBear to your computer. Turn it on and set it to the UK setting. Go to ITV Player and start streaming Downton. (Or, in my case on Sunday afternoons, every single episode of Relocation, Relocation ever made.) It may ask you for a post code, you can put in whatever UK post code you like.
I am probably the only person in the world who has never watched Breaking Bad and has zero interest in it. I am notoriously sensitive to violence on screen, I’m afraid. I know, it’s very uncool of me, but that’s the truth.
movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre
We received an advanced copy of Disney’s The Little Mermaid new-to-Blu-Ray Diamond edition this month. I loved that movie as a teenager, and it was fun to finally introduce it to Anne. Going back to my sensitivity to violence and fear, I tend to make her wait longer than most of her friends for certain movies and so, at seven, this was her first time watching it. It was such a fun afternoon together. Sometimes anticipation makes things even better.
in my ears
There is a new Gungor album out. And so I Am Mountain is pretty much it for a few weeks now.
best stuff i pinned
Grammar Grumble Mugs at The Literary Gift Company. I mean, seriously. “I am figuratively dying for a cuppa.” Best ever.
Jane Austen boxed postcards – yes, please.
So, friends, what about you?
What’s on your nightstand? What television show or movie or music has captured your imagination?