The Sunday List.

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Sundays are a good day to slow down and take in a few words. Let’s share what we’re reading. Today we look at Nouwen, the celebration of Motherhoood, the Rooster Cogburn of the internet, and more.

I’ve been making my way through Henri Nouwen’s Reaching Out. He shares a timely word: “A real spiritual life… makes us so alert of the world around us, that all that is and happens becomes part of our contemplation and meditation.”  Lord, make us alert.

This week, Amber and I took part in releasing the Mother Letters {sharing the mess and glory}. This beautiful compilation of letters from mothers, to mothers, is available for Kindle, Nook, and in .pdf format. I think this might make a great Mother’s Day present; don’t you? The reviews on Amazon have been very encouraging so far.

Amber had the privilege of writing over at Ann Voskamp’s site, A Holy Experience. She writes about the truth in the mess of motherhood like only she can.  Thanks to Ann for yielding the space. Amber was humbled.

John Blase. There’s always John Blase. Yesterday I watched True Grit. Somehow, I think of John Blase as the Rooster Cogburn of the internet. (That’s a compliment, John). Rooster… er, John, reexamines that Mary Oliver Quote. Dang. It’s good.

Have you been following Mason Slater’s series on consumerism, Christianity, and the Empire? He’s adding value to the conversation, not simply rehashing the same old stuff. Spend some time at his place today, particularly with this piece where he leans heavily on Wendell Berry.

Finally, I was digging through Mike Rusch’s archives. Here’s a gem on the winter wheat out at The Farm. Mike understands the small work. It’s an honor to hoe rows with him every now and again.

Now it’s your turn. What have you read (or written) that’s worth sharing this weekend? Books, blog posts, magazine articles, it’s all fair game. Come on, y’all; let’s build a reading list.

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3 Responses to The Sunday List.

  1. I started and finished Take This Bread by Sara Miles and it was freak-out good – though I may be a bit more theologically flexible then some and have no inhibitions with receiving wisdom from a liberal lesbian Jesus-freak.

    As a family we’re reading Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis and it’s a book that cannot be walked away from without it affecting change – hopefully sustainable.

    The Hubs and I started “7” by Jen Hatmaker. Again, we’re flooded with ideas for life and family inspired by this book.

    And of course, of COURSE . . . I’m ALWAYS reading Frederick Buechner. An excerpt for you: “If you tell me Christian commitment is a kind of thing that has happened to you once and for all like some kind of spiritual plastic surgery, I say go to, go to, you’re either trying to pull the wool over your own eyes or you’re trying to pull it over mine. Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: “Can I really believe it all again today?” No, better still, don’t ask it till after you’ve read The New York Times, till after you’ve studied that daily record of the world’s brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer is always Yes, then you probably don’t know what believing means. At least five times out of ten the answer should be No because the No is as important as the Yes, maybe more so. The No is what proves you’re human in case you should ever doubt it. And then if some morning the answer happens to be really Yes, it should be a Yes that’s choked with confession and tears and . . . great laughter.” (From The Return of Ansel Gibbs)

  2. Mae Mouk says:

    Hey cuz! So, I’ve got a lot of ideas on this – mostly because I love me some books. But I thought I’d leave it at this – Silence and Honeycakes by Rowan Williams. I’m reading it now, amidst studying for finals in seminary and it is just really feeding my spirit.

  3. Kiki Malone says:

    Just read Mindy Kaling’s IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? It was delightful. Not as laugh out loud funny as Tina Fey’s BOSSYPANTS, but ridiculously delightful. Kaling has the uncanny ability to make just enough fun of herself without falling into self-deprecation. She confesses enough to let you know “Guess what? You weren’t the only dork in highschool. Or college. Or after college. Or even last week.”

    Before Kaling, I read E.O. Wilson’s CREATION. As an ex-Southern Baptist turned secular humanist (and one of America’s most well-known, well-published, well-prized biologists), Wilson writes a plea to both the faith and scientific communities to drop the origin debate long enough to address necessary environmental demands. Christians love Nature because they believe that the same God who created humanity created Nature. Secular scientists love Nature because they believe Nature propelled humanity into evolution. Wilson says we need to set the debate aside and jointly awe at Nature together and then begin to discuss practical ways to save what’s left of both the plant and animal world. He does make the interesting point that Christians are often not concerned enough about Nature and the Environment, turning the majority of our politics and activism towards morality issues, such as abortion and the gay community, while ignoring the environment. Wilson wonders if it’s the Christian belief in an afterlife elsewhere that has overly duped us into feeling that this transitory place called Earth is on its own since we’re nearly out of here anyway. It’s a good point. He does remind both communities that, regardless of what we believe about morality and spiritualism and the afterlife, we all share a concern for future generations. He says that this hope alone should fuel joint efforts and dialogue. Again, he has a good point. Wilson’s prose reads a bit like modernized Romantic poetry, splased with some persuasive appeals and Latin insect names. It’s pretty stuff to read audibly. It’s also quite convicting.

    At the moment I’m reading Portia de Rossi’s memoir UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS: A STORY OF LOSS AND GAIN, which deals primarily with her eating disorders. She begins the book with her coming-out story, followed by her years of anxiety for perfection as a child. I’ve only read 50 pages but already it’s a beautifully sad and sobering read communictated by a powerful voice. I hope this books marks the beginning of a new career for de Rossi, one that offers us several more titles to devour. I’ve got so much to say about Portia’s story that I need to just stop right here. Either stop or start my own website . . . and we all know that’s not gonna happen.

    After Portia, I’ve got ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER up next. Will keep you posted.

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