kindness matters, people matter

I’ve been working through this bible study lately and I’m growing increasingly aware of the fact that Jesus basically spent his whole life demonstrating how to show love to strangers and yet we go around complety ignoring that fact and living our self-centered lives. I’ve been wrestling with what hospitality should look like in my life, and then I stumbled across this poem and found myself in tears as I realized at last that sometimes, it’s pretty simple. 

May we all remember to show love to strangers, in the hopes that we all can find those places in which we feel ‘safe and seen enough to let go.’

What’s on my nightstand

After a slow couple of months where I was mostly reading Harry Potter, I finally seem to be back in the habit of reading far too many books. Here are a few that I’m currently pretty stoked about:


The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler : Family saga + circus + libraries + mermaids + booksellers + all the tragedy = sign me up. Strongly recommended if you like one or all of the above.  Caution if you have strong feelings against tarot cards, as there were about a thousand too many for my liking. It is naturally being compared to its popular circus predecessor, The Night Circus, and I highly recommend that you read them both.

CURRENTLY READING (I can hesitantly recommend these to you, but keep in mind I haven’t finished them and I very well may end up hating them all)

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey: I’m way more excited about her upcoming book Out of Sorts, but after reading a lot of Sarah Bessey’s blog, I decided it was time to finally start this one too. Bessey offers another look at the Bible’s view of women and invites us to have a better discussion about feminism.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James: This book is on the short-list for the Man Booker Prize and seems to be a favorite to win. Though not a plot that would initially draw me in (a fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s and the tumultuous history of Jamaica in the decades following), this book keeps appearing amongst my favorite book bloggers and so I’m giving it a try. Though to be honest, if it doesn’t nab the prize on October 13, I may not finish… its 700 pages are not as brief as its title would imply.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick: In a similar style to Hugo Cabret or Wonderstruck, Selznick’s latest novel is another example of combining text and illustrations (but probably not what you’re thinking, we’re talking hundreds of fully illustrated pages) to create beautiful and complex stories. The Marvels has a dual narrative set in two different time periods in London; one story is told in words, one in pictures, both enchanting. This is the kind of book you need to experience for yourself, so get yourself to a bookstore and check it out.

What are you reading right now?