A day late and a dollar short? Never. This month’s What I’m Into post is a wee bit late, but I’m finishing it nonetheless! Because here’s what I have to say: with three speaking engagements and a trip across to the south with two little ones, life has been full and crazy and I’m ready to enter into a slower time of Advent reflection. In the meantime, be sure to come back tomorrow and enter the giveaway for A Very Foodie Christmas – you won’t be sorry, I promise!
I’ve read some books…
The Enneagram (Rohr, 5/5) – While the beginning was a bit slow, I was soon ENTHRALLED to learn more about myself (and how I relate to the world) through this ancient typology. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
The Preaching Life (Taylor, 5/5) – I’m such a huge fan of BBT, both the old and the new. Both the writing that screams Jesus, and that which still screams the Christ, but in a far less obvious way.
Jane Eyre (Bronte, 5/5) – Even though I read this ten or so years ago, my book club decidedly picked this because there is no better a book to devour in the month of November.
Orange Is the New Black (Kerman, 4/5) – We love the television show, so I was eager to see if the book fit the bill. While Hollywood certain added their own flair, I appreciated Kerman’s call to justice and reform for our nation’s prison system.
Learning to Walk in the Dark (Taylor, 5/5) – Yes, I read two BBT books this month …because can you blame me? The third in her self-proclaimed trilogy, she looks at every facet of darkness, and with that special storytelling lens then bravely examines her own journey.
I’m currently reading…
Babyproofing Your Marriage; Committed; Outlander; How Language Works; Light Upon Light – and if you’re looking for a book to enter into the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seasons with, I can’t recommend this last book any more. My friend, Sarah Arthur, has organized daily sets of written prayers, poetry and scripture to help the reader enter into the week’s theme. (If you’ve read or used A Guide to Prayer, it’s similar).
I’m staring at the boob tube…
Baby Brother was sleeping through the night for a week or so there (Glory, glory!), but we’re back to 2 am feedings – so Gilmore Girls continues to be the middle-of-the-night show of choice. Will Lorelei and Luke ever get together? Wait, wait, don’t tell me! Otherwise we’re watching Blackish, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal and Criminal Minds. Oh, and Curious George. Lots of “Monkey! Monkey!”
And I can’t wait to see this in the theaters soon (as it was one of my favorite books of 2013):
I’m consuming calories…
I just have one word for you: Thanksgiving. Okay, one more set of words: In the South. Need I say more? Turkey, brown gravy, white gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, collard greens, green beans, mac & cheese, rolls, cranberry sauce, apple pie and sweet potato pie. My sister-in-law wins for Best Feast Forever & Always (and she didn’t even pay me to say this).
And I’m writing…
As previously mentioned, I ended up having three speaking engagements in the month of November; for me, when I write a talk – or a sermon, if we want to be fancy about it – preparation involves research and getting all my words out on paper. Then, when it comes to the actual speaking event, I operate best if I’m given the freedom to then speak without notes …because most likely, whatever’s supposed to be said will be said, but by that point the message is so engraved on my mind, that the original point generally makes itself clear. If you’re a speaker, what’s your process?
So, that’s about it! What about you? What did you read or watch or DO in the month of November that caught your attention? And what buttery goodness filled your plate last Thursday?