I know, I know…I’ve been really off and unpredictable with posting lately. Sorry about that, but well, August. We all need a break, right? But I’m pulling it together and will do better. I’m excited to dive back in, so you’ll hear from me, but I’d love to hear from you too!
One of my deepest desires for this space is that it would delight and refresh your soul. I want there to be laughter and fun and creativity mixed in with some of the more intense stuff of life. I’ve been trying to think of a name for posts where I share resources, and so far I’ve landed on “Soul food”. If you have other ideas, let me know!
How about starting with a great song to remind you of your identity?
Want a great leadership resource? I’ve written about how valuable the Willow Creek Leadership Summit has been for us over the past 20 years. Now there’s a free app (GLSnext) that has great video snippets of some of the best talks over the years. I love it because you can browse by topic or speaker and get many videos under 3 minutes long with valuable leadership lessons.
So far, three of my favorite short videos are Hybels on Incessant Tinkering, Stanley on Implementing Lasting Change, and Chris Brown on Leading in the Midst of Opposition. Check them out!
Here’s a video describing it further.
How about a good book?
Since David’s death I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff on grief, and prayer. Hard to reconcile the emotion and experience of loss in the face of faithful persistent prayer with the words of Scripture.
More on that later, but I’ve been re-reading the classic Lewis book, A Grief Observed from his journal after his wife died.
Also, Yancey’s brutally honest, intense and thorough book on prayer – Does it Make Any Difference?
And my sister-in-law Susan gave all of us an excellent, practical devotional on the grief process – Grieving the Loss of Someone you Love. I feel like it is especially relevant for a spouse or parent.
Other than these, I’ve been on a roll, reading some wonderful, engaging books I’ve loved!
Our daughter, Maggie, recommended We Are Called to Rise and it didn’t disappoint. It is gritty, intense, disconcerting and hopeful and so well written. I’ll let the author describe the plot for you.
And a couple of other wonderful reads…
My friend Sally recommended The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – a story about two very different sisters who become French Resistance workers during World War 2, each serving in her own way. It’s a fantastic book with a very satisfying ending.
The last book I couldn’t put down, but I wanted to, because I wanted to savor it as long as I could! Dear Mr. Knightley is a thoroughly delightful, even if predictable, treat. It’s like a cross between Daddy Longlegs and You’ve Got Mail. Although I didn’t know it going in, the author is clearly a Christian, but the book isn’t “Christian fiction”. Book lovers, especially those who like Jane Austen, will appreciate all the literary references.
And lastly, some literal food! Baconbaconbacon! Here’s the easiest, most delicious way to fancy-up, delicious-up a brunch, courtesy of daughters, Maggie and Katy. Just cut up the raw bacon into bite-sized pieces, toss it with brown sugar, and then some fresh rosemary. Set your oven for 350 and cook for about 20 minutes or til it’s as crisp as you like.
So there you go! What “soul food” have you been devouring lately?