what I am reading….

A little something from two of the books I am reading:

There is a church in our area that recently added an addition to their building which cost more than $20 million.  Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty.

This is a book about those two numbers.

It’s a book about faith and fear, wealth and war, poverty, power, safety, terror, Bibles, bombs, and homeland insecurity; it’s about empty empires and the truth that everybody’s a priest; it’s about oppression, occupation, and what happens when Christians support, animate, and participate in the very things Jesus came to set people free from.

It’s about what it means to be a part of the church of Jesus in a world where some people fly planes into buildings while others pick up groceries in Hummers.

(from Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile by Rob Bell)

You grew up in a good family; hardworking dad and a mom who was there when you needed her. 

They taught you and your little brother to share and showed you how to pray every night before bed. 

In Sunday School, you learned about Jesus and sang all the songs with the rest of the kids.  There was Noah and his ark, Moses and the Ten Commandments, and little baby Jesus asleep on the hay. 

You learned about the blessing that was America and were grateful to live in a country led by good Christian leaders.  With a hand over your heart or above your brow, you pledged allegiance to God and Country, for the Lord was at work in this holy nation.

But lately you are beginning to wonder if this is really how God intended things to be.

Maybe, you wonder, God had a totally different idea in mind…

(from Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw)

I had an Amazon gift card to redeem, and these two books came in the mail yesterday. 
I think I’m going to like them. 
A lot.

True confession:  What I have really  been reading the past two days is the first book in the Twilight series.  How wrong is it for a 34-year-old woman to be in love with a 17-something-year-old vampire?  Yeah.  I thought so.  Anyway…here’s a personal message for Patrick, Lindsey, and Sydney:  if, when you come over to my house tonight for pizza and White Russians, my house is a mess, we are all disheveled and unclean, and my children appear neglected, it’s entirely the fault of my friend Kellie, who had the nerve to loan me the book.  I actually finished it last night, so I have no excuse today. 
Unless, of course my friend Pam (we have quite the book queue going on) finishes book 2 (ahem) and brings it over today.  😉

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I just want to thank all of you for your kind blog comments, facebook comments, and emails over the past few days.  Life has certainly dealt us a painful hand at the moment, but it helps to have compassionate, caring friends.  I thank you and I love you.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I remember sitting in class (MCC) when the pastor of a wealthy church in the ICT was lecturing about all this. One of my non-trad classmates, a woman who served as chaplain at Via Christi and as unspoken “church-mama” to the local gangstas, asked why her church didn’t even have AC when his church was thriving and planning a brand new, giant building.

    Everybody held their breath and look to the pastor: He didn’t patronize or disappoint; he simply said, “I don’t know.”

    Thank God not everything has to make sense. Thank God we do not have to understand everything. Hopefully we can all begin to understand that the measures of grace He gives to each one of us are different…that He calls each of us to certain truths at different times…and that somehow it will all will be worked out in the end.

    I love your heart!

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  2. Posted by Patrick on December 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    (in a whisper voice) psssst. Linds has book #2 and I would love it if you took it before she starts the series over… Things have been very similar around our house the last few days. Blasted Twilight!!!

    Reply

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