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I am alive....truly
I got a new hair cut.

Wow, it's been awhile since I've written a post. So, I'm going to try to sum up all that I've been up to in the past month or so.

First, it's books: 

Sex God: Exploring the endless connections between sexuality and spirituality by Rob Bell 201 pages
Such a good book! Rob has a unique writing aesthetic. The typed words almost look like a poem but it's a novel. I tried to read his first book, The Velvet Elvis, not that it wasn't good but I didn't finish it. This one was a definite read-again. There was several things I liked about this book, especially the fact that Bell really challenges Christians to consider their ideas of dating and marriage to see what God has to say about it. Good stuff.

The Gutter: Where life is meant to be lived by Craig Gross 156 pages
Challenging book! If we're not going to the gutter, who is? (By the way, this doesn't mean that I am better than the gutter-dweller, I have just been saved from there by Jesus coming to my gutter, but I better go back if I want others to be rescued from there gutter).

In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon 256 pages
Also a challenging book. Fiction, which I normally don't read but this could seriously be a true story. Although they do use a phrase that today has been wayy over-used in the Christian circle; "What would Jesus do?" But, despite the marketing adoption of that phrase, as Christians we should ask that question in the situations that we find ourselves in. Very good book.

Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action by J. Matthew Sleeth, MD 255 pages
The title really says it all. I haven't read a lot of Christian-based environmental books but I really appreciated this one for the sheer fact that he goes through normal daily activities and showed the Christian response. Next time I'll say more specific applications that I received from this book.

And now I have a new stack of books to read, currently I'm reading about 4 at different times throughout the week. I'm taking estimates on how many pages I've read this year. Think about it and let me know what you think.

And then there's been lots and lots of things goign on with the house I live in. I don't even think I want to write all that out so I think I'll just leave it at the fact that there's lots of changes going on and Kevin and I have been named as leaders of the house, which means some challenging and stretching moments for me :)

Okay, there's lots more I could type but I think I've been sitting here for the past 2 hour writing this while being distracted by my mom saying, "hey, watch ___ on TV" and about 3 different phone calls.

Blessings! And here's to writing more often.


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