We did it. For the first time in Book Club we read two books in tandem, going back and forth. Yay us!
Today we finish up with the final (short) section in Scouting the Divine and reflect on it and Humble Roots, I appreciate how one book (SD) explored God’s word and the other (HR) fleshed out how one of God’s attributes for us (humility) can be lived out. We need both, the deepening of our knowledge of God + the deepening of the lessons in our hearts and behavior.
This stood out to me at the end of Scouting the Divine: “The insights and truths I’d discovered while scouting the divine allows me to realize something big about myself: my view of God is fractured. The Scriptures describe us as seeing in a mirror dimly, but I don’t feel like my mirror is dark as much as it is shattered. I see shards of truth but grapple to understand how they fit together.
“My broken understanding of God makes me feel helpless. In my heart and mind, I know that God is abundantly kind. I know he is the purest definition of wisdom and the designer of love. On occasion, I have found myself captivated by his beauty, but more often than not I am confused by his master. To say the least, our incomprehensible God is difficult for me to grasp. . . . Yet as I reflect on my time with the wine, wool, and wild honey, some of the pieces in my broken understanding of God come together for the first time. In each setting I was able to recognize something new about God and his kingdom”
Of Humble Roots Amazon says, “Humble Roots is part theology of incarnation and part stroll through the fields and forest. Anchored in the teaching of Jesus, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, strict boundaries, or increased productivity—leads to peace.” I understand that Amazon is trying to pull readers in, but this book offers more than peace, it offers God’s presence. I will agree with the “stroll through the fields and forest,” a perfect book as the season has changed. (Maybe not in your world, but at least on your social media feed!)
I won’t be able to hear or read the word “humility” without thinking of our time together and the lessons we have learned. Sheep will make me think of the sheep in some of your worlds. And berries . . . who knew so many grandparent memories are tied to berries! Thanks for reading. As always, I am richer for reading these books in community with you.
Next week we start North and South by
What will stick with you from our spring reading? If you don’t know, in the summer, I host a Summer Reading Challenge, complete with prizes. You are welcome to join!
I am excited that we Get To Know long-time Book Clubbie, Phyllis, today.
Introduce yourself. If you can share . . . where are you living? How long have you been there? What do you give a majority of your time to? What passport country do you hail from?
We live in Ukraine, and before that we were in Russia, for a total of 16 years in this part of the world. Mostly I’m a mom, but I also minister at an orphanage for kids with disabilities. Passport country . . . USA.
How do you prefer to read your books? Physically or electronically? How has living overseas shaped your preference?
I actually prefer electronic, but living overseas has probably shaped that. When we first started that wasn’t an option, and I really felt a lack of books. Now I have more than I can get to! Lately my reading has changed because I’ve discovered how to check out ebooks from an American library. I used to read almost all free older books. Now I read modern books from the library, too. Oh, and Open Library! That opened up to me recently when I got an iPad and fast internet.
Do you tend to read one book at a time? Or have multiple books going at once?
Multiple books. Definitely.
Which Velvet Ashes Book Club books stand out to you? In other words, which do you remember? What do you remember about them?
Wonder was my favorite. I recommend it to everyone. We even bought it in Ukrainian for our neighbourhood children’s library. Other than that one, I also loved Ove. I guess it’s the amazing characters that I remember.
In the last year or so, which book or books that you have read would you recommend?
Laurus is a new favourite of mine. (Amy here, Laurus looks intriguing!!)
Where do you do most of your reading?
At home. I read in just about every free minute that I can find.
What book has changed you as a person other than the Bible :)? How did it change you?
It’s been a while since this one affected me, but it was such a big deal that I have to mention it. When we first moved to Russia I read Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow over and over again. Before that, I had a problem with worry. After, I can say that it’s (mostly) gone.
What was a favorite book in childhood?
Rilla of Ingleside (and many others. It’s hard to choose just one!)
What are you currently reading?
Overall, do you tend to read more fiction or non-fiction? Are there any genres you just can’t get into?
Both. Genre I can’t get into: modern Christian fiction.
What do you have on your “to read” list?
Hannah Coulter for sure.
I love these “Get to know.” Thanks Phyllis!