One of the greatest gifts of the past couple of years in this writing journey has been getting to be a part of the She Loves community. I write for them monthly as a contributor, and have also been a part of the Red Couch Book Club, their online book club. It’s a “global community of women who love,” and if that’s your jam, join in.
I’ve got two posts to point you toward, the first of which is a book, the second of which a monthly contributor post.
Ready to dive in?
Certainly, Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah hailed as one of the best books I read last year. I featured it in an article just last week, and I got to write about it for the Red Couch Book Club. Click here to read the discussion post, or check out some of my thoughts below:
For a good portion of my life, I didn’t think that lament belonged in the church.
Christians, I believed, were happy-clappy, smiling-all-the-time, “I’ve got the river of life flowing out of me!” type of people. As I’ve written for SheLoves before, the unfortunate result of this misconception was that I didn’t cry for almost seven years.
But then, dam of all dams, I broke. I wailed. I pounded my fists and cried big tears and I began to admit that brokenness existed within me and outside of me, and that this brokenness was not necessarily a bad thing. This brokenness meant that I was letting myself feel the beauty and the pain all around me.
Interested in reading and learning more about the book? Head on over to She Loves and join in the discussion!
But wait – that’s not all! Every month, She Loves features words by a crew of monthly and guest contributors. February’s theme was RISE. Care to read what thoughts came to mind when I heard that phrase? Click here to read my post featured last week, or read an excerpt of the introduction below: .
Michelle Obama said it this past summer: When they go low, we go high. Heads nodded and hands clapped and tears rolled down the cheeks of many, as we stood in solidarity.
“Lena,” one of the moms on ABC’s The Fosters, said it this way: Sometimes the best way to fight back, is to rise above. Her foster daughter took her words to heart—ignoring the taunts and jeers and general mean-spiritedness of her peers, and walked to the front of the stage.
And Isaiah breathed this truth to the country of Judah: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Because when the peace of the Holy descends in heart and mind and soul, a general rising-up occurs.
Curious as to the rest of the post? Head on over to She Loves Magazine if you haven’t already!
Otherwise, I’m grateful for your support of my words. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be pointing you here and there around the inter webs, as quite a bit has been published lately. But I promise, I’ll be back with original posts soon!
Hugs and writerly kisses,
So, Prophetic Lament: have you read it? Otherwise, what comes to mind when you hear or read the word RISE?0