Tuesday, January 06, 2009

monday mix tape

i made you a mix tape of all my favorites this week!

Two important things you should know about today's post:
1. I am sick so am writing all my thoughts in bullet-list format.
2. Even though these posts are titled monday mix tape I'm not sure I've ever actually posted them on a Monday! I like the sound of that title too much to change it though. Sue me.

Films: Doubt

one of the most thought-provoking films I've ever seen
well-written and well-delivered dialogue.
excellent acting performances (especially Streep and Hoffman)
beautifully-peformed supporting roles.
set in the middle of last century, but a topic that is more relevent than ever
not wrapped up in a tidy package at the close
leaves the viewer the opportunity to participate in the story.

Music: My Blueberry Nights, soundtrack

first heard about the song The Devil's Highway on this post loved the song, but couldn't download it without the whole album listened to several clips and loved every one bought the album with the iTunes gift card I got for Christmas love every track - bluesy, haunting, sweet and fun all at the same time artists featured include Amos Lee, Norah Jones, Cat Power and Otis Redding am ordering the film on Netflix soon!

Indelible Grace Music -For All the Saints, Beam of Heaven, Wake Thy Slumbering Children

volumes 3, 4 and 5 of 5 Indelible Grace albums
the purpose of Indelible Grace music:
Our hope is to help the church recover the tradition of putting old hymns to new music for each generation, and to enrich our worship with a huge view of God and His indelible grace.

learned about this project through this website that provided resources for our Tennebrae service last Good Friday
am inspired and hopeful and rejuvenated every time I listen
hope that inspiration will become contagious to the musicians I am privileged to know and work alongside in 2009

Books: Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life by Kathleen Norris

am almost rendered speechless by the connection I had with this book (grateful to Norris for her transparency)
accidie: heedlessness, torpor...[a] non-caring state (Oxford English Dictionary)
accedia: 1. the deadly sin of sloth, 2. spiritual torpor and apathy (Webster's Third New International Dictionary...)
accedia: a mental syndrome, the chief features of which are listlessness, carelessness, apathy, and melancholia (Online Medical Dictionary)
if it is true that half the battle is knowing your enemy, I'm now half-way to victory in an exhausting and lifelong war
hopefully I'll refer back to this book often
strongly recommend to those who struggle with mild depression, apathy, melancholy, laziness and feel it may be more than just a physical problem

Ancient-Future Worship by Robert Webber
browsed through this book quickly in preparation for a further study
appreciate the respectful, humble and balanced approach Webber takes to what can be a hot topic
am convinced that we continue to ignore the Church's history in worship to the peril of our own experience with God and to that of future generations
am convinced that the church's ability to serve those not yet in the faith is weakened by our ignorance of the worship practices of the ancient Church
this book is not the best I've read of Webber but it meant mostly as a high-level approach to a complex topic
will be studying several of his other titles during the month of January

Currently reading:
reading with Brian tiny bit by tiny bit each night
looking forward to sharing more about this soon!

Back to my tissues and cough drops!
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