Category Archives: Books

a poem and a book for the end of the world. 1

“The Mystery of Meteors” by Eleanor Lerman I am out before dawn, marching a small dog through a meager park Boulevards angle away, newspapers fly around like blind white birds Two days in a row I have not seen the meteors though the radio news says they are overhead Leonid’s brimstones are barred by clouds; […]

living with questions (a review of living the questions by david felten and jeff procter-murphy). 2

In my early 20s, I reveled in books and songs about the questions of faith. One book in particular that I loved was called Living the Questions by Carolyn Arends. (I was a hard-core Carolyn Arends fan, you guys. I quoted her in my valedictorian speech. Of course I bought her book.) At that time, […]

what I have been reading (march edition). 2

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Questlove Thompson (from the public library) Goodreads kept suggesting this book to me and I have to be honest, I don’t know anything about The Roots except watching them on Jimmy Fallon. He knows a lot (A LOT) about music, but it mostly went over […]

what I have been reading (spring please come soon edition). 0

Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School by Andrea Raynor (via NetGalley) I enjoyed the divinity school part of this book quite a lot but was less interested in the dating/relationship parts of her story. I have been reading a Henri Nouwen book for Sunday School, so it was fun to read about what […]

faith, mama style (a review of found by micha boyett). 1

I pray in fits and starts these days, mostly using prayer books to guide me. This is not because I don’t believe that prayer is valuable, but because I don’t always know exactly what I am asking when I pray for people who are sick or hurting. I am still trying to figure out whether […]

what I have been reading (we had a lot of snow days edition). 0

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry (via the public library) Goodreads suggested this to me after I read How to Be Black last year. I put it on hold over winter break and then all that stuff happened with the Romney picture and then the book came in at […]

let’s have an argument about movies (a review of cinematic states by gareth higgins). 1

A guy from Ireland with a love of movies moved to the United States (specifically to Durham, NC) and decided to document his project to learn about America by watching at least one movie for every state. This is the premise of Cinematic States by Gareth Higgins: he works his way through the states (and […]

what I have been reading (winter break edition). 1

The Priority List by David Menasche (via Netgalley) The Priority List was described as a book about a teacher with terminal cancer who traveled to see his former students and find out what impact he’d had on their lives. Inspirational story about teachers? Sign me right on up! But there was a lot of background […]

books read 2013. 1

First, a bit of business: I had a piece at Art House America about library books that I forgot to tell you about because I have been so busy resting. We have been sticking close to home and reading lots of books and and playing trucks and eating leftovers and just generally lounging. Enforced coziness […]

the people who walked in darkness (a review of cracking up by kimberlee conway ireton). 1

The weeks and months after Atticus was born were particularly dark for me. It was a cold and icy winter for us and also I can see now that the hormones and the leaking fluids and the sleep deprivation left me in a bad place. I felt hopeless and anxious and I wasn’t sleeping. I […]

what I have been reading (thanksgiving week edition). 0

Just Jesus by Walter Wink (via NetGalley) Walter Wink called this book “an autobiography of [his] interest in Jesus,” which is a lovely turn of phrase. It’s a bit disjointed in the middle, but there are some beautiful things in here about Jesus and the Bible and nonviolence. The overall arc is a discussion of […]

the deep down dark. 2

“The Companionable Darkness” by Kathleen Norris Friend and neighbor you have taken away. My one companion is darkness. -Psalm 88 The companionable dark Of here and now, seed lying dormant in the earth. The dark to which all lost things come—scarves and rings and precious photographs, and of course, our beloved dead. The brooding dark, […]

what I have been reading (way overdue for a reading roundup). 2

Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk by J. Dana Trent (via NetGalley) The title basically says it all. I enjoyed learning more about Hinduism, but as the book went on, I felt like Dana only talked about her own flaws as a person of faith rather than […]

down in the dirt. 3

When I first learned how to drive, I would fill up my car at the corner gas station. Local men drove their tractors or pickup trucks there and hung out in their worn overalls and John Deere hats, which they would tip at me when I walked by. This is probably why I picture Jesus […]

when we were on fire. 2

We haven’t talked about my “growing up evangelical” bona fides in a while. I have mentioned things on the charismatic end of the spectrum but not the regular stuff, the t-shirts and how I got up at 5:00 every morning to study the Bible. Once a week, I got to school early and studied the […]

what I have been reading (non-fiction edition). 0

The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence by Robert Klara (via NetGalley) When Truman was president, the White House basically fell down around him and was gutted and rebuilt (including a bomb shelter) while his family lived in the Blair house. I enjoyed reading about the renovation although […]

what I have been reading (how is it september already edition). 1

This Town by Mark Leibovich (via the public library) This is a book about Washington and how it feeds on itself. I love a good gossipy political book (see: Game Change) but this one fell flat. There were too many characters who might be important in Washington but weren’t familiar to me. But the good […]

what I have been reading (back-to-school edition). 3

Tomorrow we go back to school, so I have been reading like a maniac for the past few days. Let’s do this! Finding God in a Bag of Groceries by Laura Lapins Willis (via NetGalley) This is a book about the ways that God meets us through serving others, specifically about the things that Willis […]

continuing the dream. 2

It has been a lovely rainy summer for us. We didn’t get to the pool quite as much as we would have liked, but we made the best of it. Atticus switched to a big bed and stopped using his pacifier and got potty trained, and he seems like such a kid all of a […]

ten books (times seven). 14

A friend asked me for ten books that I think everyone should read. I came up with seventy. Instead of failing at this task, I prefer to think I am an overachiever. I have broken them down into categories to make it easier, but there are genres I didn’t fully address such as fantasy and […]