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Weekend Daybook: the evil, tragedy, memorials, and common grace edition

<p> <em>A week of collecting what I've been up to lately: places, people, books, podcasts, music, links &amp; more for your weekend downtime. </em></p><p> <strong>You can consider this late from last week or early for next! Well be gone for the next couple of weeks and I look forward to catching back up with you in September, friends!</strong></p><strong> <em>(1) photo from this week</em></strong><br><br> <br><br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <img alt="A common grace found in Kennebunk, Maine: The<br> <br> <br><br> <br> <br> <p>A common grace found in Kennebunk, Maine: The MOST...</p> Read more of this blog post »
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The Heart's Necessities by Jane Tyson Clement
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What a lovely, lovely read! Admittedly, it took me a bit to get into the gentle rhythm of this intersection of mid-twentieth-century poems, biographic material, and current singer-songwriter reflections. Approach this lovely read with a gentle, open ...more
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Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler
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I read Kate Bowlers compelling story in one extended reading session. I suspect youll do the same. Id heard this title multiple times, but it took an in-person conversation with a new friend to remind me to check our library. <br /><br />My friend Andrea Dilley ...more
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Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
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Tsh Warren and I used to live in the same neighborhood and attend the same church. My favorite part of reading this beautiful, uncluttered reflection on the holy rhythms of our everyday lives was hearing her voice. If youve ever had the privilege of ...more
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The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
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This is another book I bought at a local bookstore (Longfellow Books in Portland) when I ran out of good reading material during our quick overnight to Maine this summer. Its a rare treat for me to walk into a bookstore and buy a brand new book on a ...more
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Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
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Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended this new release from favorite author Ruth Reichl for her popular summer reading guide. I still prefer the first from Reichl (<i>Tender At the Bone</i>), but this was an enjoyable summer read nonetheless. I especially enjoyed the ...more
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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
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Call the Midwife is still one of my top five favorite television series of all time. I was a bit hesitant to read the original memoir because I thought it might reveal too many differences between the true-life story with what is shown on television. ...more
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One Blood by John M. Perkins
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A member of our churchs reading group (Apostles Reads) recommended this excellent farewell book from the inimitable, 87-year-old John Perkins. We chose to read it during Pentecost as a reminder that Christs Body is one body, one race, one blood, and ...more
Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch
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Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch
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So, so good. My sisters been telling me to read this book for years and after a summer of daily submersion in helplessness, I finally started reading this book. Andy Crouch is one of my favorite current authors and speakers for his gift of distilling ...more
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Martin Luther
“In his life Christ is an example showing
us how to live in his death he is a sacrifice satisfying our sins in his resurrection a conqueror in his ascension a king in his intercession a high priest.”
Martin Luther

Marilynne Robinson
“Ascension seemed at such times a natural law. If one added to it a law of completion - that everything must finally be made comprehensible - then some general rescue of the sort I imagined my aunt to have undertaken would be inevitable. For why do our thoughts turn to some gesture of a hand, the fall of a sleeve, some corner of a room on a particular anonymous afternoon, even when we are asleep, and even when we are so old that our thoughts have abandoned other business? What are all these fragments for , if not to be knit up finally?”
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

C.S. Lewis
“If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

C.S. Lewis
“We are bidden to 'put on Christ', to become like God. That is, whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. Once more, we are embarrassed by the intolerable compliment, by too much love, not too little.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

C.S. Lewis
“It is not simply that God has arbitrarily made us such that He is our only good. Rather God is the only good of all creatures: and by necessity, each must find its good in that kind and degree of fruition of God which is proper to its nature. The kind and degree may vary with the creature's nature: but that there ever could be any other good, is an atheistic dream. George Macdonald, in a passage I cannot now find, represents God as saying to men, 'You must be strong with my strength and blessed with my blessedness, for I have no other to give you.' That is the conclusion of the whole matter. God gives what He has, not what He has not: He gives the happiness that there is, not the happiness that is not. To be God - to be like God and to share His goodness in creaturely response - to be miserable - these are the only three alternatives. If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows - that only food that any possible universe ever can grow - then we must starve eternally.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain




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