Here are some of the things that I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately. I would love to hear your thoughts if you check any of them out!
The role of the body in healing after trauma
“Because human beings are both bodies and souls, our brokenness will always manifest itself both physically and spiritually. Thus the body of Christ must minister in both ways for healing to occur.”
“When I apologize for things that are not sins, I set up the expectation that perfection is possible. I reinforce to myself that nothing less than perfection is acceptable. I demonstrate to my children that they ought to expect perfection. Every apology seems to suggest that usually these things don’t happen, declaring to everyone around me that this screaming child or neglected duty is actually a rare occurrence. Of course that is what I want everyone to think. The actual truth of the matter is that forgetfulness and messiness and loudness are now the norm. And I’m just going to have to come to terms with that and stop apologizing for the state of my entire life.”
Can We Finally Break The Silence Around Tamar?
“David’s inaction should spur us to act. David’s speechlessness should prompt us to speak.”
Woven: The Threat of a Female Body
No excerpt will do justice to this important piece. Threads of “purity culture,” #metoo, and #churchtoo run through it.
Who am I if the most productive part of my day is making my bed?
A really helpful window into the weariness of prolonged suffering and chronic illness.
When the Brain Betrays the Body
This piece gives great insight into the experience of having an anxiety disorder.
“All bodies are good bodies.”
For those who are aware of the latest debates about complementarianism, this is the best thing that I’ve read or listened to on the subject.
Your pastor’s mental health matters too
“Pastors are not a special category of extra-sanctified superhuman. They need just as much grace as anyone else. How we interact with pastors and ministry workers, especially via email and social media, needs to communicate that.”
I’m Thankful for Therapy (On Mental Health Awareness Month)
“And even in all of this, therapy taught me that weakness is okay. I am not strong. I am marked by difficulty and suffering. We all are. The sooner I can acknowledge that the easier it is to live in a world that is rife with death and decay.”
This book is exceptional. This is the description: “A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice–from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.” I haven’t even finished listening to the audiobook, and I’m already recommending it to people. If you have a Goodreads account, friend me so that we can talk books!
If you want to know the reasons why I have loved the various places I’ve lived, read this book by Christie Purifoy, who has lived in most of the places that I have and writes about all of them so beautifully.
Listening to this on repeat.