arts & creativity, book reflections, mental health & wellness, spiritual

I Am Understood: The Spirituality of Reading

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading a book. Nothing unusual about that. But this time I read the last pages slowly, closed the cover gently, and -- no joke -- hugged the book to my chest with a sigh. "I am understood," I thought. Maybe you've experienced this too. It seems several Twitter… Continue reading I Am Understood: The Spirituality of Reading

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book reflections, personal

’14 Favorites

Below is a list of 14 of my favorite writings published in 2014. The first 5 are posts from my own blog that received the most feedback from readers, while the following 9 are works by more experienced writers. These words have been a gift to me this year in one way or another, and… Continue reading ’14 Favorites

book reflections, emerging adulthood, work & vocation

Emerging Adulthood According to James Fowler: A Reflection on Calling

Last week: a blog inspired by pop music. This week: inspired by personality psychology. Yet, they both manage to address central concerns of emerging adulthood -- community and calling. When I recently read Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian by psychologist James W. Fowler, I think I was hoping for a how-to guide. But it's not. At all. Instead of… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to James Fowler: A Reflection on Calling

arts & creativity, book reflections, mental health & wellness

How to Tell Sad Stories: With Humor

"You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice." - Hazel Grace Lancaster This is my favorite line in all of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, slipped in subtly on page 209 right before the climax is about to arrive and… Continue reading How to Tell Sad Stories: With Humor

book reflections

What I’ve Been Reading: Love Does

I used to think that a book I've been hearing about, Bob Goff's Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, would be just another compendium of motivational sayings and self-help steps. But now I know it's an adventure story.That phrasing of "I used to think...But now I know..." is exactly how Goff… Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading: Love Does