Dear readers,

Precious, wonderful, lovely readers.

I miss you! But our computer is still in the shop, waiting for the technician to return. They said the earliest he could repair it would be tomorrow, which means we’ve been computer-free for a week. In theory I could blog from my phone while we wait, but now the poor thing is getting so old that “social media” is more of a concept than an actual thing it does.

I’ve spent my extra time–wait for it–reading. I’ve been reading actual books! It occurred to me that maybe you’d like to read them too, assuming you might be interested in slowing down and paring your life down to what matters.

Here’s what’s been occupying my mind this week:

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Do you ever step back, look at your day, and wonder: Why am I doing all these things? Do they even matter? This is the book for you! Greg Mckeown will help you chop out the stuff that doesn’t matter.
  • In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore. I am loving this book! Carl Honore’s writing style is just so…compelling. I’m learning so much without feeling like he’s even teaching. He has a few other books I’m adding to my reading list as soon as I finish this one. (P.S. There’s an entire chapter on slowing down in the bedroom. Worth the read, my friends!)
  • Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World by Lee Camp. You may have noticed there’s a huge divide between cultural Christianity and oh, you know…what Jesus told us to do. This is driving me crazy, and Lee Camp has hit the proverbial nail right on its proverbial head. Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him, and many other things we completely ignore as we build a protective nest around our religious beliefs. Christ-followers– this is a book you must read.
  • Romans, chapter 12 by the Apostle Paul. If we’re not supposed to build those protective nests, what are we supposed to be doing? Romans 12 gives us a good start. I’ve been reading and rereading it this week, hoping to soak more of it in.

What about you? What’s on your reading table?

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6 Comments on A Short Explanation on Your Missing Blogger

  1. David
    November 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I wondered where you had disappeared to Jessie! My Dad passed that Carl Honore book to me a few years ago so I guess I had better get reading! But what I am reading at the moment is ‘Church Actually’ by Gerard Kelly (subtitled ‘Rediscovering the Brilliance of God’s Plan’).

  2. Jessie Clemence
    November 4, 2014 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

    What’s the book about?

  3. Jessie Clemence
    November 4, 2014 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

    Whoo, sounds good! Is it good?

  4. David
    November 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm (3 years ago)

    It is good. I bought it at Spring Harvest four years ago but only just got round to reading it!

    November 5, 2014 at 1:04 am (3 years ago)

    It’s about Israel and the so called peace process and two state solution.