Coincidentally, I began reading this book during my autumn visit to my parent's home. My mom let me borrow it but I never got around to actually reading it until August. I didn't even make the connection between On Writing Well from July's book listand Zinsser as the editor of this compilation until I picked the book up again on vacation.
While I found several of the contributing authors a bit "mushy" in their written spirituality, overall this was an encouraging book for those of us wishing to write from the perspective of our faith.
I've found it to be a good practice to return to Nouwen on a regular basis. His insights into knowing the heart of Christ in our everyday lives are equally humble and profound. I picked up this title as recommended companion reading for the spiritual practice of gratitude.
This is a title I want to own; in the meantime, I'm really glad our library had a copy for me to borrow.
I loved this book. Ever since reading Sidewalks in the Kingdom in July I've been checking out books the author cited. I think our move to a city from a village not only as a family but also ministry leaders has piqued my interest in urban planning and design.
In my dream life, I'd get to drive around the country like Terry Pindell spending a few weeks in each of America's favorite small cities, learning the culture, enjoying the natural beauties and amenities, interviewing the key figures and joining in the traditions and festivities.
Also, it was fun to read about Ithaca, New York in the book. Ithaca is 45 minutes from our hometown and our favorite vacation spot in New York.
This book is a bit dated (1997) and I'm hoping to discover an updated version.
In August, I enjoyed browsing through the following books:
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Movies & TV
The Way, Way Back : I honestly can not remember the last time at cried in a movie theater. Maybe it was something about the time of day or time of the month or time in my life, but I -- quite literally -- bawled my eyes out during The Way, Way Back. Well written, well directed, well acted, well done. Just enough grace mixed into the dysfunction to give us hope that family love can surpass family strife.
Trouble the Water : We watched this a few years ago, but my daughter needed to watch it for a school project. It was good to watch again -- to remember the stories of Katrina. If you haven't seen this documentary yet, put it in your queue. It's a story worth remembering.
The One That Got Away - The Civil Wars: If the motto is true that artists should channel life's drama into their art, then the reported feud between Joy Williams and John Paul White bred some sort of dark beauty. Still, I wish they'd be able to reconcile AND make good music at the same time.
Paradise Valley - John Mayer: He lost me there for a little while, but since his last album I've been listening to Mayer's music again. I like the new songs -- it's good music for listening at the office -- but I'm pretty sure Born and Raised will still be my favorite.