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I fall for this type of book every. Single. Time. Not for the semi-psychedelic cover and title (though I felt very hipster adding this to my reading pile), but for the topic I can’t get enough of: pursuing creativity in real life. How do you balance a full-time job, a (mostly) healthy lifestyle, home responsibilities, relationships, AND stewarding the creative gifts God’s given you? Author Eve Rodsky has practical tools and exercises to help you prioritize the creative work you know you’re meant to do without sacrificing the other essentials of life. More than a mere hobby or self-care practice, unicorn space is a creative pursuit characterized curiosity, connection, and completion, fueled by personal values and shared with others. While not written from a faith-based perspective, the principles in this book are applicable to anyone who wants to pursue their creative gifts—whether or not they recognize their creativity comes from being made in God’s image.
This is one of those books I can’t just check off my reading list and shelve; now I need to do the work. It’s time to find my unicorn space (rainbows and cotton candy optional)!
To Read: Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano
All the Angels in the Bible by Herbert Lockyer
As I mentioned earlier this year, I am using the numbering system of Strong’s Concordance as a cross-referencing tool on my quest to research biblically accurate angels. In keeping with the precise definition of “biblically accurate,” my goal is to cite the Bible as the source and otherwise limit outside speculation as much as possible. For this reason, I wasn’t sure how casual versus academic All the Angels in the Bible was going to be; however, I was pleasantly surprised! Since my objective at this time is to study the subject of angels without extrabiblical sources like stories of personal encounters, what I especially appreciate about this month’s book is its organization. All the Angels in the Bible provides scriptural references in abundance, records the appearances of angels in the Old and New Testaments, and even lists “Bible References to a Single Angel,” as well as “Bible References to Two or More Angels” at the back of the book. What a find!
To Read: The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon by Francis Brown, S. Driver, and C. Briggs
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
If I’m being honest, there is a lot of hurry in my life. Between too many nightly commitments every week, too little margin after my alarm goes off, and a constant need to be doing more at work, life feels full. Luckily, I’ve recently begun reading The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer with my colleagues at work. I already love how this book warns against the idea that we constantly should be doing more, hustling more, and striving for more. This book identifies hurry as “the great enemy of spiritual life in our day.” While I’ve smiled and nodded at this concept for some time, I feel like it’s finally time to take it seriously. I am excited to see what practical insights this book offers as I pursue a hurry-free life.
To Read: Find Your People by Jennie Allen
Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
After reading Little Women for the first time this winter, I have not been able to stop thinking about that marvelous story. So, I have been trying to find as nany other ways to consume it as possible. After the movies and a myriad of articles reflecting on the American classic, I stumbled across this modern remake, Meg and Jo. In this rendition, the March’s hail from North Carolina, Marmee works the farm, Father March was a chaplain in Afgahistan, and the girls are scattered across the eastern coast pursuing what we know they do best. While this version of the story seems (so far) to be unfortunately void of the spiritual influence (bye-bye Pilgrims Progress), it seems like we will be getting the same storylines of sisterhood, friendship, and love. I am looking forward to seeing how this version of the March Sisters plays out!
To Read: Taste by Stanley Tucci
Tell us, what are you currently reading? What’s on your To-Read Pile?