Top five books I read in 2017: first quarter edition

Book list bullet journal

Instead of waiting till years end and choosing what books to review, I’m picking five books each quarter to highlight. Here’s my top five favorite books I read in the first quarter of 2017. Continue reading


[Theological] Coloring Between the Lines

I like circles. Feeling hemmed in by a sphere of safety. I’m the person who carefully reads rules and directions. In new places, I carefully look for signs and instructions about how that system works. I want to know the expectations, boundaries and guidelines. I’m probably bordering on some kind of dysfunction.

So, why this obsession with rules and safety circles? It’s not because I like order or because I’m inherently rigid or because I love structure. I’m fairly comfortable with a good deal of chaos and disarray. Additionally, I’m suspicious of authority and rules.

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Economics & Theology: The World Is More Complex Than I Thought It Was

Known in EternityEarlier this summer I blogged about homelessness based on some encounters from my travels.  I had intended that to be a gateway to a bigger series. The research I did after that post led me in different directions than I thought I’d land, as research often does.  The rabbit trails made me hesitant and slow about continuing to post.

I realized I have a long way to go to love like Jesus, and there’s a lot more work I need to do in the real world before I have wise things to say on homelessness as a social issue.

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On Writing and New Life from Ashes

“Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?” – Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

I came across this quote from Dillard years ago as I began to think of myself as a writer and started researching other writers’ insights about their craft.

Colby, Our [Former] Ornery Stray Cat

Colby, Our [Former] Ornery Stray Cat

Like an ornery stray cat, this quote from Annie Dillard pops up in my life again and again in unexpected times and seasons. And lately, it keeps coming to mind. As I think more diligently about writing this month and seek to post daily, I’m also struck with the conviction that I don’t want to throw junk out on the blog just to check a daily achievement box. To write every day and feel like I’ve actually got something to say requires more planning and structure than I’ve ever given to blogging before. Attempting to be disciplined feels like trying on clothes that don’t quite fit yet.

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