Books, Books, and More Books!
Sometimes the words just won’t come. I leap and jump and grasp at the air, hoping and wishing and wanting to catch something, but it’s all for naught. I’m faced with a still mostly-blank page, and thoughts of numerous other things I could be doing with measurable progress. Writing can be hard, y’all (on the off chance you’ve never encountered this “fun fact”.)
1. Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World by Nish Weiseth: It’s no surprise I love stories – both the telling and the hearing of them. And I had seen a few tweets and Facebook posts about this book by Nish Weiseth – the founder and editor-in-chief of A Deeper Story. The last bit of the back cover blurb on the book solidified my decision to do more than give it a quick “look-see”: Build bridges. Advocate for good. Make disciples. Proclaim God’s kingdom. Share your story. These are all things I need to be doing more, so I’ll take all the help and guidance I can get.
2. A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth by Ed Cyzewski: I’m not having a crisis of faith, in case anyone is wondering. I simply like the way Ed’s writings can challenge me to dig deeper to find why I believe what I believe. Plus, he has a chapter on doubt that has really piqued my interest, particularly the subheading near the end of the chapter titled “Don’t Let Doubt Grow”. I know some of you are reading that and thinking, “Well, duh!” But I have had (and have) my questions about certain things, and it’s good to have someone walking me through the growing and stretching of their own faith as I grow and stretch in my own.
3. The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris: I love books with subtitles, it would seem. Nonetheless, this sounds like it will be a fascinating read, delving into what life was like before the Internet with its solitudes and silences and what it is like for many of us now, with news feeds and status updates and a constant connection to something other than our own thoughts.
4. 712 More Things to Write About by The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto: My niece excitedly ran up to me with this book, saying something about Jedi speeches and other whatnots before I began flipping through this book full of fun and challenging writing prompts such as “What is lint, really?” and “What’s the biggest misconception about you? Write the truth of the matter.” I like the fact it has a set amount of writing space for each one – it removes some of the pressure.
Are there any books you’ve recently added to your “To Read” pile, or any good ones you’re currently making your way through? Feel free to share them here, on Facebook, or on Twitter. If you’re feeling less verbose, snap a picture and share them on Instagram. Any which way – I hope there is some good reading time in your future!