Happy New Year! And Happy New Book :). This month we’ll read As Soon As I Fell by Kay Bruner. Here’s the description from Amazon:
What happens when being radical for God brings you to the edge of disaster?
When Kay Bruner and her husband, Andy, took their young family to live on an island in the South Pacific, she found the purposeful, adventurous life she’d hoped for—along with isolated living, dangerous sea travel, tropical illnesses, and a floundering marriage. As they worked on a Bible translation project with a local language group, Kay sank into burnout and depression while Andy medicated his stress with a pornography addiction.
Stepping back from the brink required a radical reinvention of life, from a ministry and marriage built on high performance and spiritual heroism, to a nourishing daily walk of grace, freedom, and intimate connection.
This is a story about going to extremes for spiritual acceptability and failing dismally, only to find that love and grace transcend failure. For anyone who’s ever asked, “When will I be good enough for love?” This book resoundingly answers: “Right now. You are loved, right this minute, in this mess.” While few of us will live on a tiny island in the South Pacific, many of us will find hope and healing in this story of a painful fall into the arms of love.
Over the next three weeks, based on Kay’s story we will discuss her story and our own by roughly reading a third of the book over the each week. (Feel free to read ahead if you want, no guilt over not following the “rules.) Here’s the basic plan:
- Kay will be joining us and in particular the last week of January where we can “Ask an Author.”
- January 13: How our childhood formed us
- January 20: Ministry related issues
- January 27: Marriage and family on the field
You know I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but each year I set reading goals for myself. I prefer goals because they are more focused than a resolution to read more. One of my goals is to read 10 biographies this year. I’ve been in a memoir phase the last two years and as much as I love it, I sense if I don’t point myself in another direction, I’ll come to the end of 2015 wishing I’d read more biographies. I have a few on my list (like one about William Wilberforce by Eric Metaxas).
Modern Mrs. Darcy has a fun reading challenge for 2015 if you’re wanting something a bit more structured and limited to 12 books.
Here’s a fun list of 33 thoughts on reading by Austin Kleon — who uses two colorful words. Number 30, I agree! Thirty one and thirty two make me laugh. So true.
What are reading goals do you have? What biographies would you suggest for me? What categories of books would you like recommendations?
Here’s to another year of reading :)!
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