Though I have only had the honor and privilege of meeting Scott Smiley once (and for a very brief conversion), there are not many individuals in this world that I would rather listen to and learn from. I have the utmost gratitude for his service and sacrifice, respect for his family and friends, and awe for his story and struggle. Hope Unseen is full of humor, candor, suspense, and faith (not to mention some of the most wonderful people and places who make up Tri-Cities, WA. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.
Finally, something other than the election dominated my blog. With that in mind, here are my top five posts from this past month…
- The Ideal Team Player… Smart people just have good judgement.
- My Deflated Predictions… I sure hope I am wrong (go Falcons!).
- December Can Apparently Keep It… My most popular posts from last month.
- Heaven’s Heartbeat… Devotional thoughts from a mentor of mine.
- When Breath Becomes Air… Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis.
What are the best blogs that you read last month? Any favorite posts?
A helpful follow-up to The Vanishing Neighbor is Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. Along with the lecture above, check out the following quotes to capture a glimpse of the premise behind her work. Let me know what you think.
Anyone looking for a helpful resource to give someone either seeking Jesus or who has recently responded to his grace in faith? Look no further than John Siebeling’s Fresh Start with God. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.
Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she’s encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don’t fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.
I recently read (and would highly recommend) Glandion Carney and Marjean Brooks’s The Way of Grace: Finding God on the Path of Surrender. I was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy a couple of years ago directly from the publisher for review purposes. Watch the above video, check out the book, and then let me know what you think.
I recently read (and would recommend) Micah Smith’s Heaven’s Heartbeat: Personal Reflections on Hearing the Heart of God. The author has been a mentor (from a distance) for a very long time. He has also been very supportive of my wife and I as we planted Blue Bridge Church just four years ago. I also consider two of his sons my lifelong friends.
Smith has such an uncanny ability to see God’s providential hand in everyday circumstances. Pick up a copy – you will enjoy it. While you are at it, check out a few of the Smith’s writings and works all around the world.