Nonfiction, On Reading

Grinding Machine

I’ve had some time to read today and find that I can’t really ingest any more of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction without pausing to reflect. This excerpt in particular, quoted from Charles Darwin, captures my attention: Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds… gave… Read More Grinding Machine

Bible

Consider the lilies

I’ve been thinking about God sending the Israelites into the wilderness for 40 years to discipline them for their unbelief. On Sunday a picture of the desert was projected on a screen in church, and what struck me most was how utterly barren it was. There is no way the Israelites could provide anything for… Read More Consider the lilies

Parenting

Living from the Heart

A friend posted a link to this article, titled “What Not to Say to a Working Mother.” It’s a good article, and it really raised my awareness. What’s interesting to me is that though I doubt that I would ever actually say any of the things on the list, it includes things I have heard… Read More Living from the Heart

Christianity

Intuition

Sometimes a passage just has to be shared. That’s how I feel about this one, from a book I’m reading by Barbara Brown Taylor. She is describing her and her husband’s decision to leave city life, and her account of the way they process the decision is both beautifully expressed and true to my experience:… Read More Intuition

Education

How to listen

My feelings toward homeschooling have been all over the map lately. I feel restless. It’s odd that I recently reaffirmed my sense that my full-time job right now is being a mother and educator to my children — only to begin wrestling with the desire to bring this phase to a close. I do a… Read More How to listen

Nonfiction

True Community

I can’t say Jerry Bridges’ True Community bowled me over. It’s not that kind of book. But it did validate the hunger I feel for more depth of spiritual fellowship. It’s mainly a definitional book that explores the different aspects of the biblical concept of “koinonia,” by which Bridges means “sharing of a common life.”… Read More True Community

Nonfiction

A good question

Does our mind spontaneously return to God when not intensely occupied, as the needle of the compass turns to the North Pole when removed from nearer magnetic sources? (Dallas Willard, quoted in Jerry Bridges’ True Community) I read this question last night and thought it was worth considering. What someone does with their discretionary thinking… Read More A good question

Christianity, Essays

An Altar in the World

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith is a beautifully written contemplation on the ways ordinary living can intersect with the divine. Barbara Brown Taylor writes about the everyday disciplines that become portals into God’s presence: paying attention, wearing skin, getting lost, encountering others, feeling pain. It was not surprising to discover late… Read More An Altar in the World

Writing

From the Notebook: Joy

I received this notebook for Christmas. It’s a present from my husband and daughters. They know I love notebooks and journals, and I’ve been wanting a new one. Inside is an encouraging message about my writing, written by my husband. Like so many bloggers, I think of myself as a writer. I even have one… Read More From the Notebook: Joy

Christianity, Nonfiction

Walking with God

John Eldredge is a needed voice. He writes about something that might seem obvious — how to walk with God daily. But lately, listening to others, I’ve realized that this is something many people don’t know how to do. They know how to have a “conversion experience.” They know how to go to church, how… Read More Walking with God