What I Read Wednesday: 17 April 2019
First of all, I should tell you that Kayci and I had a pretty amazing, life-giving weekend with some pretty amazing women. We started out by road-tripping to Austin with Tara, Clarissa and Tara Dickson to Susie Davis’ Grace Gathering. It was a lovely evening, y’all—to hear each woman, from a different stage in life, write a letter to her younger self was just…well, it was powerful. It made me think about what I would say to myself 10 years ago…20 years ago…30 years ago…40 years ago. That was a powerful exercise we did at camp, by the way, and it was life-changing. I think about younger me often, and wish her well. I wish I could tell her that things will be okay (better than okay!). But that’s a different post or twenty, isn’t it?
Saturday, Honey Holden (who also spoke with Susie & the ladies at the Grace Gathering) and her mama came to Brenham for an event with Tara. It was the first event out at the Acres, and it was just perfect. The weather, the women who gathered…dreamy. And to share yet another life-giving evening with my girl? Perfection. We skipped out on the hangout after and went home to our chips, queso, guac and a movie. (Titanic this time, if you’re keeping track!)
Back to what I read…
Why is She Smiling? Unexpected Joy Discovered by a Most Unlikely Submissive Wife
Whew. That’s a mouth-full! Honey Holden gave everyone a copy of this book at the Coffee, Pie and Jesus event this weekend, and even though I’m in the middle of two other books I picked this one up and finished it while I was waiting for Kayci on Sunday. It’s a quick read—the short chapters would make it perfect to keep in your car to grab while you’re waiting in carline. I highly recommend it if you’re new to the concept of submission or you still find yourself making bargains with God and yourself (I’ll respect him when…I’ll do that if…). Yeah. Submission isn’t a bad word, y’all, though it’s gotten a bad rap in our culture. I’d love to have a private conversation about it if you have any questions—just reach out!
Love Does, by Bob Goff!
I have wanted to read Bob Goff for YEARS…I’m pretty sure this is the third copy of this book that’s passed through my hands. Michelle Ancone brought it to Amanda Hayre’s very first book swap, but I wasn’t ready for it, so I either gave it away or put it in the next book swap. I checked it out from the library, but it was in a period of work turmoil and my heart wasn’t ready. Then Ron and Amy (my brother and sister-in-law, check them out at ronclarkson.com) tarted talking about it on their podcast and he wrote about it at the 5 Minute Bookshelf…and I realized the time was right. So I read it, and loved every word, every story. Bob Goff is a pretty awesome human being, and I’m better for reading these words.