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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I have been wanting to get some bath toys for my granddaughter, Araya, to play with while they are visiting, and now that we are finally moved into our new place the timing seemed perfect. Finding them at a discount is even better, so when we went shopping for furniture I just had to check out what they had for toys.

Araya Davidson with her dad Trevor
Araya Davidson with her dad Trevor

We were at Tacoma Good Will on 38th street looking for furniture for the new place. (I did not see anything that I just had to have.) I did find a bag of bath toys though, and being 50% off made the find even better. I just had to get them!!

Bath toys
Bath toys

When I brought them home I washed them in bleach water (about 1 gallon of water and 2 cap fulls of bleach) to get any germs off them that might have been there. Now they are ready for her to play with the next time she comes over.

I can not wait for their next visit!!