Summer Reading

After graduating, my days have been spent catching up on blogs and reading. John believes I have not left the study mode. This might be true, but it is more than that. I have so many books I have not been able to read because I was reading other good books for my classes. Now is my time to catch up! These are books that I haveSummer Reading wanted to read for years, and books from classes I only had time to skim because of all the other homework I needed to do. Yes, there is a long list, and I am sure I will not get through all of them this summer. I have tried to get through the list for the last four summers, but the list just seems to grow. This means that I need to set my goal a little lower this year so I can at least feel that I have accomplished it. There are four of the must read books, and the ones that I will get through for sure.

Revelation of Love by Julian of Norwich translated by John Skinner: This book was given to me by a friend g years ago, and has been setting in my book shelf. I came across it while looking for summer reading, and felt this was the time to read it. Julian of Norwich was born in 1373. She is one of the Christian mystics, and has the honor of being the oldest known English author that was a woman. Her book is written in short chapters. This makes it perfect for a daily devotional. I am really enjoying it, and will post more about this book later.

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott: I love Anne Lamott, and it has been way too long since I have read one of her books. I read an article she wrote for a class last semester, and remembered how much I love her wit. I just had to read one of her books this summer, and since I have three of them on my book shelf I picked the one that looked the most interesting.

Hear and Knowing: Theological Reflections on Christianity in Africa by Mercy A. Oduyoye: I read one of her books for my Liberation Theology class last year, and this a book for my Global Christianity class. I fell in love with Oduyoye, and of the books by her I read last year this is the one that I felt I did not get as much time with as I would like, so I chose to reread it.

Church Refugees

Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why  people are DONE with Church but not Their Faith by Josh Packard, PH.D. and Ashleigh Hope: This book just came out June 1st. I just had to read it! I read everything that I can find on the “nones” or “church refugees”. It is one of my favorite things to study, and when I discovered this book I just had to read it. It went on my summer reading list for sure.

This is enough for now, and as I read these books I will post my thoughts about them. There are others that have been added to the list, but these are enough for right now.

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New Blog Theme

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I know it has been some time since I have posted. I have been busy with school, work, and family. I am starting on the next stage of my journey, and thought it was about time for me to rejuvenate my blog. I will be using a new theme. The blog will be about my life. Here is an update on what has been going on with me while I was absent:

I will be attending PLTS in the fall. This will be my first year on the road to get my Master’s of Divinity (MDiv), and eventually becoming an ordained minister of the ELCA.

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This blog is dedicated to my friends and family who have been so supportive of me on my journey. They have been great at helping me out, and giving me the encouragement that I needed to make it this far.

My journey started with TCC where I got my Associate of Arts degree. Then I went on to PLU where I got a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religion and minoring in Greek and Anthropology. This has been a long journey, and is not over yet.

I will be completing the first year at PLTS online, so I will still be in Washington for another year.

Life is an adventure.

30-day self portrait challenge

I thought I would take Elsie and Emma at A Beautiful Mess up on their 30-day self portrait challenge. I have an aversion to having my picture taken, I know there are several others out there. I usually stand in the very back of group photos, and have a tendency to not update my photo that often on facebook.

This will be a good challenge for me, as I am always worried about what others are thinking, sometimes to the detriment of my self. I am starting to attend Pacific Lutheran University in the fall, and have worked really hard up to this point to get my associates degree at Tacoma Community College. I need to go into my life at PLU with more confidence in myself, and who I am. I think this challenge will help me to gain some much needed confidence.

First Portrait
First Portrait