What I’m Into – February 2015

whatimintofeb2015I’m glad to be reminded of the shortness of this month, because I blinked, and it was over!  I drove to Kansas to spend a quick few days with my Aunt and friends and enjoyed a delightful afternoon at the best bookstore in the world. {pictured above.}  I experienced my first ‘thunder sleet storm’ {a term that I think can only be fully embraced in Texas} and my husband and I hosted a cooking club night at the end of the month.  And as usual, I also read some wonderful books and found some favorite things.

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Books

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What I Read

On Being A Writer: 12 Simple Habits For A Writing Life That Lasts by Kroeker & Craig

I discovered this book in one of my favorite ways: by meeting the authors first!  I attended a retreat at The Laity Lodge last November, where I had wonderful and profound conversations with both authors of this book, Ann Kroeker & Charity Singleton Craig.  They are amazing women who have carved out their own writing careers, respectively, and   joined forces to write this informative read on the writing process.  I like that the chapters alternate between their voices and stories, and each chapter has fantastic reflection questions for both journaling and discussion.  This is a slim paperback packed with info for everyone from the newbie writer {like me} to the seasoned author – a must read!

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler

Confessional and story time with this book: I started this book last year when it first came out, and raced through the first 2/3rd of the book.  I loved Fulwiler’s narrative, and was sucked in to her story of converting from atheism to Christianity.

As I was drawing near the end of the book, I suffered what can only be known as my ADD-book syndrome: there were a handful of new releases I’d been looking forward to reading, and I set this book down for some other reads.

Cut to this past month: I found out I had a blood clotting disorder, and was quite nervous about it, as I am experiencing infertility and moving toward going through IVF.  I decided on a whim to pick up this memoir and turned to the chapter where I left off.

I kid you not, the first words of the chapter had Jennifer discussing the exact same blood disorder I had just been diagnosed with, in a story about a high risk pregnancy she went through.  I almost cried at the Godscidence/serendipity.  Hearing her story helped me work through my own experience.  I really felt I was supposed to read those pages at that exact time.

I enjoyed the whole of this book for sure, but was especially grateful for the personal stories Jennifer told – they inspired me and encouraged me more than she could know.

Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore

Beth Moore is, hands down, one of my favorite women’s Bible study teachers.  Since I first did her study Breaking Free, years ago, when my Mother was battling breast cancer, her words have been part of the healing salve on my heart, along with her teaching on various books of the Bible.  Children of the Day is her latest full-length Bible study and was released last year.  I have been steadily working through it since last May.  While it wasn’t one of my absolute favorite studies of hers (those would be Breaking Free, Jesus: My One & Only & James), it is still first rate.  Like her previous study James, she has a section at the back of the study to handwrite the entirety of the two books, which I loved doing.   Her teaching videos are also amazing, and one of the reasons I do her studies–I think you miss a big part of the message without them.  Highly recommended.

Dancing On the Head Of A Pen by Robert Benson

Robert Benson is one of the only authors I can actually remember writing a physical letter to. (Not an email, a real live pen and paper letter.  You know, back in the dark ages before Twitter.)   Benson had made the statement in his book that he would write back someone who wrote him, so I was confident I would receive a response.

Well, you know how the story ends.  I never heard back, and felt sad and jaded.  Perhaps the letter never received his mailbox or his hands, I’ll never know.  Not surprisingly, at the back of Benson’s new book, he makes the same promise–that if you write him, he’ll do his best to write you back.  Mr. Benson, consider this a short attempt at a virtual letter, if you will. {If you actually do read this, Mr. Benson, I would love to write you with actual paper and pen!}

As far as writing books go, I loved this book.  I’m also a big fan of Benson’s personal writing style, whatever he writes.    I like that whether he’s writing about spirituality, personal experience, or writing {as he does here}, he has an easy, conversational style that makes me feel like we’re chatting over coffee, and could be instant colleagues.  One of my favorite parts of the book was him sharing the details of his book writing process, from start to finish.  This is a slim book, and a quick and pleasant read – don’t miss it!

What I’m Reading

Scary Close by Donald Miller, The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner, Many Alarm Clocks by Sy Safransky, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, First Impressions by Charlie Lovett, Footnotes by Tommy Tune and  The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle.

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Lenten studies I’m going through this year:

{Unfortunately, the print versions of both of these studies are sold out.  You can download a pdf copy of the Naptime Diaries ‘Follow’ study here.}

Follow – Naptime Diaries Lent Study 2015

Near The Cross – She Reads Truth Lent Study 2015

{also pictured above is my current favorite translation of Scripture, The Voice BIble.}

 

Blogisphere Beauts

Emily Freeman:  How I Keep Track of What I’m Learning 

Jen Hatmaker: On Becoming A Writer  

Gilmore Girls Greatness!

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Though this is midway down the blog post page, it probably should’ve been first, because if I’m honest, I was obsessed with this show this month!  All I can say is HOW IN THE WORLD did I miss this show the first time around?  Thanks to hearing other friends and bloggers speak of their love of binge-watching the Gilly’s {yep, its my affectionate nickname for people that don’t exist in real life} on Netflix, I started watching the first show on a whim, and couldn’t stop.  Yes, I know its a problem, and no – I’m not dealing with it.

I’m at the end of season 3 right now, and love, love, LOVE the show.  I even  ordered an older/slightly vintage CD compilation of songs used in show, {in the spirit of Lane and her CD-hoarding ways–regular watchers, you know what that reference means!} Our Little Corner of the World: The Music from The Gilmore Girls.   I highly recommend it.

I’m a fan of the witty dialogue, the charming setting that is the fictious town of Stars Hollow, Conneticut, the quirky town characters, and the infamous Friday night dinners at the mansion with Lorelai’s parents, played by the fantastic actors Kelly Bishop and the late Edward Herrman.

I enjoy this show so much, I’m actually writing a post about it.  If you’re a fellow Gilly fan, you won’t want to miss it!

More Happenings & Favorites

 

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My {Current} Favorite Young Living Oil:

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Peace & Calming is my first favorite Young Living Essential oil. Its a delicious-smelling blend of oils – Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli & Blue Tansy.  Everytime I inhale it, I smile and breathe a little bit deeper.

  My favorite uses include wearing it daily as a perfume (definitely cheaper than Dolce & Gabbana!} and diffusing it on my nightstand every night as I go to sleep.

{If you’re interested in ordering Young Living Essential oils, send me an email, or sign up for a starter kit here.}

 

What were you into this month?

{This linkup of Leigh’s is my favorite.  But you probably knew that.}

2 comments on “What I’m Into – February 2015

  1. I was thinking of you tonight and came over to see what you’ve been up to. I was relieved to see I hadn’t missed a lot of posts but then worried about why there haven’t been a lot of posts. Ah, the weird emotions of a blogger and blog reader. 😉 I hope you’re having a good summer – and that you enjoyed Gilmore Girls all the way to the end. It is one of my very favorites!

    1. Oh friend, it is so WONDERFUL to hear from you!! Yes, I have let my blog accumulate way more dust than I met to! (Oh my goodness, is that last sentence even grammatically correct?! Clearly, I’ve gotten rusty in the writing department). I’ve been writing in my journal and working in other social (online) mediums (that for some reason, feel weird to announce here – I’m working on a post for that). I hope your writing process of your book is/has gone wonderful – I can’t wait to read your words when they come out! And YES! I LOVED the Gilmore Girls all the way to the end!! (REUNION, I say!!) I must also gush and say that in May, I went to see a musical in Chicago that my Godmother conducted, and I kept thinking that one of the actors looked so FAMILIAR. I found out he was MARTY in GG! (I met him, and tried oh so hard not to gush like a complete fan girl.) He’s a brilliant actor by the way, and has aged well! (ahem… 😉 Sharing this here b/c I thought you would appreciate it!) I hope all is well and wonderful in your world – I’m enjoying FINALLY starting to write again! Thanks so much for caring and checking my blog!

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