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Halftime Reads

Dear Bookworms,

This post is for you.

With you,

Watt

 

Sincerely, I did not ever consider myself a bookworm.  Perhaps it was because I thought that bookworms were those who read 100 books a year.  Ok, I am exaggerating.  But really, I take my time devouring a book.  I am excluding the summer of ’07 when the seventh book in the Harry Potter series came out.  I am really not sure what I did for those couple weeks other than read.  Did I shower?? Maybe I am just one of those  chunky slow bookworms.  You know the kind that pauses to roll her eyes at the great taste of page 264.  Or perhaps it is the variety I like…all at one time.  To each his own reading adventures, right?

Whatever you like to peruse (or gobble) through, I am making some summer halftime suggestions from books I am reading or will soon begin to munch on. So if you are looking to add something to your shelf or pack in the pool bag, check out this quick video I made for you. (Its my first one going on the interweb, so thanks for the grace!)

 

Books I read in 2016

If you dream of a huge library with a sliding ladder and singing at the top of your lungs as you ….oh wait that is a different scene.

As the year comes to a close, I am enjoying seeing what others have read this year.  And as I read other’s lists of books they read in 2016, I am secretly hoping to find another gem.

8 best books I adventured through in 2016:

The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

My two cents: Yes, I have made it this long in life without reading this book. No judging.  What an adventure to go on! Definite good read for fantasy fanatics.  Goblins, elves, and huge eagles, oh my! The transformation of the main character, dear Bilbo, is written wonderfully.

Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal.

Genre: Memoir

My two cents: I love this book for many reasons.  Firstly I enjoy the author very much.  I remember a very simple interaction with him and his wife in a very trying time in my life.   This book is unforgettable and sincere just like my interaction with them.  Naeem’s story of coming to faith is unique and has impacted many.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

Genre: Memoir

My two cents: This book was so engaging that I plan to re-listen to this in the new year.  Yes, I said listen.  Shonda reads her own audio book.  She makes excellent car company.  I feel like she was rallying me to march to my own beat, unashamedly and creatively.  For every woman who has many dreams and goals, but needs a friend to honestly propel her forward, this is for you.

Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman.

Genre: Spiritual Growth

My two cents: Emily has inspired me for four years now through her authentic and life giving writing on her blog.  In this book, she invites me to sit on the bench and pay attention to the small moments, the moments where life happens.  This book is truly a breath of fresh air.

Birthing the Miraculous by Dr. Heidi Baker.

Genre: Spiritual Growth

My two cents: Baker encourages us to carry our promises to fruition, no matter how hard, crazy, or unbelievable the promise may seem.  She shares personal stories that stir up faith to trust in the Lord and to lean on him daily. I love her stories that show that faith is much more than a bunch of talk.  Faith requires action.

Portraits of Devotion by Beth Moore.

Genre: Spiritual Growth/Devotional

My two cents: This is a devotional book following much of Jesus, David, John, and Paul’s life.  I love the structure of the readings each day.  And the journey through 1 Samuel was rich. It’s an easy read before the day begins, or for a lunch break.

Rising Strong by Dr. Brené Brown.

Genre: Self-Help/Badassery 😉

My two cents: Here is another fantastic audio book read by Brené herself.  I highly recommend the hardback copy as well.  This reading is meaty and soul searching.  You will be called to courage, and I will bet you will even start to crave a brave lifestyle even in the midst of struggle.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

My two cents: I grew up with the Harry Potter series.  I went to the midnight showings of almost all the movies.  So of course I had to read this book.  It is a quick read that you will not want to put down.  And I absolutely love the character of Scorpius.

 

I am already compiling my list for books to read in 2017.  This year I will have more clinical books to read for school, but that won’t stop me from adventuring through my list.

What are some of your good reads of 2016?  And what are some on your list for 2017? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.

31 That’s a wrap!

Whew! I took up the challenge to write 31 days.  By no means did I blog each day for those 31 days.  However, I choose to not quit.

This week’s silence has much to do with the unexpected stressors of life. But in a still moment this weekend, I realize that this gives me life.

This space shared with you is a wonderful adventure.

This empty canvas to paint upon is where my heart is free to express.

If there is one thing I have learned through this challenge it is that I am wired to write.  Some days I would sigh looking at the academic paper I knew I had to write before I allowed myself to write in this place.  Why?

Because my heart was yearning to share with you. It was desiring to create something authentic.

We must feed the artist within, otherwise he slumbers and dies with lost potential.  Between the work hours, the obligations, the housework, the meetings, the school work we must fight to keep the artist alive in us.

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There is a message stored up in each of us.  And listening ears are waiting to hear.  Seeing eyes are waiting to gaze upon the beautiful expression.

What is the message you carry?  What is the artful expression about to explode out of you?

May your unique expression stir so violently in you that you cannot ignore it any longer.  May we be brave to let loose the artist within. And may we take the time to encourage others to not look like anyone but who they were meant to be.

May we reflect the image engraved on our hearts.

Day 2: On Fire

 

Everything inside you knows there’s more than what you’ve heard.  So much more than empty conversations filled with empty words

– Switchfoot “On Fire”

This song is stuck there in my head and in my heart.  So I pay attention.

Picture this with me: You walk up to a long knotted wooden counter, bartender says, “Well? What will it be?”.  Your eyes scan shelf after shelf of the thousands of labels on bottles, some reading: Shoes and More, Booze and Xanex, Busy and Distracted, Netflix and ChillAnxious and OverworkedComparison and Hustle.  An ache, an angst, a nagging that  will not let you be.  What bottle will drown it out for the time being?

For mercy sake, no bar actually exists. But our aches are real.  Our attempts to fill the voids are played out.

I’m here to whisper to you, to me: There is more.

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There is One who satisfies every longing.  One who looks at the hungry and feeds them.

Even if you know the One, and you think you’ve explore all there is to explore about him.  There is more.

For those who hear the simple whispers, be encouraged in all you face.  May you turn towards the fire and enter in.

For it is in the fire that overtime all else falls away.  Gold is put in the fire, but will not be consumed.  It will be made pure.  In all its purity, we can watch it gloriously reflect the fire from which it came.

You and I too will reflect the fires from which we came.  There will be stories told because we, hungry for more, stepped into the flames.  Others may see their reflection in our stories.  Enough bravery will rise up for them to step into their fires.

And you’re on fire when He’s near you
You’re on fire when He speaks
You’re on fire, burning at these mysteries

-Switchfoot “On Fire”

May you and I lean into the fire as we look to the One who invites. Come see, there is more!

 

Dreamin’ and Livin’

In my way home I discovered the Tarlatans.  I was listening to the radio as this song reached out and grabbed me:

     “If I’m dreaming, I might be missing right now.”  I’m a dreamer. And to dream is good because we venture to places and potential yet inhabitat within and with out when we do so.  But if you are like me I know when my soul feels unsettled and its time to return to the here and now.  

     Now is full of color and vibrant just as the future.  But often times it seems dull and gray because we forget to live in the adventure and abundant opportunity of the present.  It’s all we are gaurenteed really. Now. Right now, may we have grace to see what’s around us with fresh eyes.

     I’ll leave you with one more from the Tarlatans:

Peace!

A Starbuck Story

Stepping over the threshold under green awning
familiar rhythm and song, unique territory.
Experience and Knowledge back me,
Culture runs through these veins,
fresh atmosphere I breath in.

Just as those old ones,
these walls are pregnant with a story to tell.
A waft of bold aroma enlightens the senses,
carrying me back to day one.
Being welcomed into a community of artists and influencers.

That place of beginnings held many journeys.
An addict no longer held down,
a gang of grey haired men enjoying company,
a restaurant owner doing business and family,
an evening dweller in search of a friend.

Lite frothing sounds allure me back.
These unfamiliar walls encase story as well.
There’s a faint salt smell as the door swings shut.
Buzzing in the corner amidst students,
and a pure intent seen in the faith man scribbling away.

If these walls could speak,
I’m sure they’d tell a tale,
of lives impacted by artists and influencers.
Now joining those, faintly the walls whisper,
And Im sure I heard my name in the chatter.

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