There have been so many things over the last few weeks that I have wanted to share with one or another of my friends. Things that are profound, things that have made me laugh; things that have inspired me. So I thought I would use this venue to share some of these things with you all – and if they seem interesting to you, please check them out.
I picked this book up at my new favourite store. (Its called Wendel’s in Fort Langley.) Its a book store where you can tell each book has been chosen by someone who loves books. The story is about her faith journey – in church, away from church, and back again. Woven throughout her theological and relational wrestles is her story of loss, of babies that she didn’t get to hold in her arms. This book is funny and heartbreaking in turns. She lives in Abbotsford, BC. The way she describes her thoughts about living there put words to much of what I have been feeling as we have been in Chilliwack.
Again, Wendel’s. I’ll confess it caught my eye because it’s pretty. But I picked it up because the title comes from one of my favourite quotes. This book is about vulnerability and shame. It is well-written and research based. Go read it.
Side note: There is a section where she speaks about gratitude, that expresses something I have wanted to say, so I am just going to post a picture of it here:
I’m not actually reading this one right now. But I re-read it last year when baby Jonathan died and I was heartbroken. Gregory Boyd’s theological teaching, particularly from this book, is one of the things that has helped me to face Beatrix’s death with honest grief, acceptance, and hope.
It’s not all books! The next one comes with a disclaimer: these comics are crass, and are full of foul language. (If this offends you, please skip to the next section.) I read The Oatmeal’s comics long ago: He shows us how to use proper English grammar, he makes fun of his own laziness and things that frustrate him. He is a keen observer of human nature, and able to make fun of both himself and our culture in ways that make me both laugh and consider. I was not, however, expecting it to be a source of inspiration. But in the years I haven’t been reading, he has made some life-changes, and so you can find my new favourite series here.
I you haven’t seen the video of 5 people playing a song on one guitar, please go watch this. I don’t usually enjoy watching videos on the internet, but I watched this video over and over after I first saw it a few years ago. I have found out – they have other songs! And their videos are all amazing to watch. (This can be a rabbithole, sorry.) They creatively cover popular songs as well as making videos for their own music. If you have lots of time, just go watch all their videos, but if not, this is one of my other favourite covers, and I’ll recommend the videos for their original songs “Rule the World” and “Red Hands.” Their music, videos and interviews leave me laughing and feeling inspired.
One more book. In the midst of many important issues that seem to compete for attention, and so many loud voices full of prejudice and hate, reading this book felt like I could breathe again. She is full of scathing criticism and relentless hope. She explores the ways the important issues of our time are intertwined, the ways our culture has accepted ways of living that are good for no one, and looks at creative solutions for “winning the world we need.”