I love book lists. And I know I’m not alone (hello, I see you!). This is how I choose books for us to read: first, I have to want to read them :). I also factor in price and availability on Kindle, time of year, subject matter, if one of you recommended it, and variety (so, not all fiction or non-fiction). If you want to get a physical copy of the book, I want you to have enough time too.
Without further ado . . . I bring you our next five books (and a chance to win a copy):
May—Seeker (The Shiloh Series Book 2) by
We read Book 1 in February (remember how lovely Helena was?). Even if you haven’t read Book 1 join us. You know I am taken with Eden and Helena said that this book takes us back to beginning. Kindle version very reasonably priced (You can read on the Kindle app on any computer).
June—The Road from Coorain by
I love memoirs! Last June Kay Bruner recommended a PD Wodehouse we loved, so I asked her for a recommendation. Kay wrote, “She grew up on a sheep farm in Australia, moved to the US, and became the president of Smith College. So lots there about change and transition and also ‘a constrained female destiny’ which might be really interesting to talk about.” I agree!
Hadassah recommended this book for us to read as a community (I love getting recommendations from you). “Inspired by a true story, and set against the backdrop of a country in transition, The Scavenger’s Daughters is a sweeping present day saga of triumph in the face of hardship, and the unbreakable bonds of family against all odds.” Placed in China, themes of gender and societal value, I have not read this yet and look forward to July.
August—A Man Called Ove: A Novel by
Described as “the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!” I read this book in the spring and LOVED it. So much I wanted to start rereading right away. I laughed, I cringed, I was so annoyed with Ove, I was so moved by him. If you haven’t heard of this novel, get thee to a library or book store or Amazon. I am not kidding when I say it is a must read. Themes of culture, personality, friendship, and aging. I say this about every book, but it is always true: I can’t wait to read this together!
No matter how long you have been on the field, it is important that we all continue to cultivate curiosity. Described as a “quick read,” September seems an ideal time to help each of us lean into a new season and explore the spiritual discipline of curiosity.
Leave a comment related to the chapters read for today or your plans for the retreat and you’ll be entered to win your choice of the five books listed above (we will draw ten winners)
I’m a person of action. My dad dropped us off at high school on his way to work. We lived about two miles from the school and did not take the shortest route. Instead, we took the route with the fewest stops. My dad was known for his love of “vectoring”—instead of stopping, turn and keep going. If you’re headed in the right direction, you will be fine.
I am a fan of vectoring.
I am not a natural fan of waiting.
But as Adele wrote, “Waiting is one of God’s immensely sweeping invitations.”
“To wait expectantly and with open hands requires a relinquishment of control that gets at the roots of our motivations, fears and idolatries. It is where we learn that God isn’t a genie and that happiness is not a matter of God meeting our expectations. While we wait, we can sense the naked vulnerability of trust.”
What poetic truth: the naked vulnerability of trust.
This chapter was chock-full of such truth.
- The difference between if and when waiting.
- “Waiting unearths what is in our hearts. It exposes what happens when our expectations go unmet.”
- Differentiating between expectancy and expectation.
- Henri Nouwen writes, “Impatient people are always expecting the real thing to happen somewhere else and therefore want to go elsewhere.”
- “Waiting is God’s crucible for transformation. Waiting is how God gets at the idols of our heart. Waiting addresses the things we need besides God to be content: money, comfort, expedience, success or control.”
- Noticing the waiting space between desire and demand.
- “Time spent in life’s waiting rooms can seem either like a senseless waiting game or else like waiting in the wings for God’s grace and presence to help me live a very difficult present.”
What a treasure trove. Nouwen nailed one of our greatest fears, didn’t he? The fear of missing out.
The invitation to pray encouraged me. The disciples who were committed Jews—so prayer was nothing new to them—asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus did not ask why they needed to be taught, he simply and beautifully taught them. What would you like Jesus to teach you these days?
I enjoyed how Adele wrote through The Lord’s Prayer, bring fresh insight to it. Because of the length of this post, I’m going to wrap it up here.
We are almost done waiting for the retreat! I can’t wait. Again, leave a comment related to these chapters or your plans for the retreat and you’ll be entered to win your choice of the five books listed above (we will draw ten winners)
See you in the comments!
PS: Next week we finish with Chapters 10 and 11.