Sunday, June 26, 2016

What I'm Reading

  As I think I have similarly written here before...I feel about books much like I feel about shades of lipstick. Why only have one when you can layer multiple in at a time and get a much better result? 

  I am never reading only one book at a time. Here are my most recent reads: 

  This one was recommended to me, and though I sometimes find biographies a bit tedious, I am always glad after having read them. I actually used Audible--or as I like to call it, books on tape--for this one. I listen as I clean or fold clothes or drive. It was an interesting insight into the life of this president whom I honestly did not previously know a whole lot about, other than the major events of his presidency. 

I'm still in the middle of this one. But I wanted to include it here because it has been excellent thus far. This author does a great job at explaining motherhood's position as squarely on the front lines of going and making disciples, or "mothering disciples" as she calls it. She skillfully writes of how motherhood fits in to the grand plan of God and the grand narrative of scripture. I have read multiple books on mothering from a gospel-centered perspective, but this one comes from a slightly different angle, and I've found it very instructive and helpful. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this one. 

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, is my favorite place, in my favorite town. That is a whole post unto itself. But after I got the opportunity to sing recently with our choir at this wonderful venue, I decided I had better get a little more detailed in my knowledge about it. I don't like to do things halfway! If I'm going to love something, I want to know all the details!  This little historical book was a really fun read for me. If you love Nashville or music, I would recommend it. 

And just for fun, my feelings on the Ryman are best summed up in a song I love by Old Crow Medicine Show, called "Mother Church": 

"Well we've gathered here down through the years, and we've seen with our own eyes
That the faces change but the song remains 
And the music never dies
At the mother church
On a Saturday night.

Ooo does the singin' soothe your soul?
Ooo can you hear it call you home?"

 I have always been a Baptist, "to the bone", as some like to say. I was born into it. But I am now much more a Baptist by conviction than anything else.  This book was a treasure. An inspiring read that helped me sharpen my theological and ecclesiological convictions. And though my denominational affiliation is secondary to the fact that I am a Christian, generally speaking, I feel about my Southern Baptist identity much as my mother likes to say about our home church, "You couldn't blow me out of there with a blowtorch!" 

 This one was particularly impactful for me. It has the perfect blend of philosophy and practicality in applying the gospel to homemaking. A needed help for a semi-domestically challenged, time crunched working mama like me who wants 1) Christ reflected and praised in her home and 2) her one-day grown-up boys to come home from college as often as possible to see their mama!! One of my favorite parts was simple but so valuable. The concept of teaching children when they meet someone to stop, look, and listen. Stop, and consider that person. He or she is made in the image of God. It is our job to honor that person as someone who has value in God's eyes. Look. Observe that person and consider any needs they might have. Companionship, food, rest? How can I serve this person? And finally, Listen. Most people have a deep desire to be known and affirmed. Find a way to listen and encourage each person who comes into your life. 

I am so very thankful for books. What have you been reading lately? 

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