Friday, October 18, 2019

I'd Rather Be Reading * Session #1


Welcome to Session #1 of our 5 Week Online Fall Book Club!  Together we're beginning our journey through Anne Bogel's serendipitous little volume, I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.  

For 5 consecutive Fridays, I'll swing the door open wide for you to come right on in, make yourself at home with your coffee, your book, your laptop, and your highlighter.  Trust me, there's a comfy seat with your name on it and lovely bookish kindred spirits to meet and greet.  And based on our past Book Club conversations, I can't wait to chat back and forth with you as you put your wise and humorous insights, viewpoints, and anecdotes on the table.

Questions on how an online Book Club works?  Click here.

Grab your very own hardcover {$9.23 at time of posting!}, the Kindle edition {$2.99 at time of posting!}, or zip on over to your local library to scoop up your copy there.

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'As a devoted reader, I lovingly give countless hours to finding the right books for me.  I don't think those hours are wasted; part of the fun of reading is planning the reading. but I've learned that sometimes, despite my best efforts, a book unexpectedly finds me and not the other way around.  And when it does, it's okay to reshuffle my To Be Read list and go with it.'
- Chapter 2, page 31

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'Sometimes a book prods you to grieve with its characters.  You're immersed in the story, so much so that you feel what they're feeling.  When a beloved character experiences loss - of someone they love, of a friendship, of their innocence - you feel their pain.  When he grieves, you grieve with him.  Sometimes you grieve the characters themselves; they die, you feel like you've lost a friend, and you weep.'
- Chapter 3, page 36

Let the dialogue begin ... with the quotes above or your own perspective on the first three chapters ~
Linda

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

'I'd Rather Be Reading' Book Club Starts Friday!

'In this book, we'll dive into the personal nature of reading - what shapes us as readers, what we bring to the page.  We'll explore how to read, how to choose good books, and what happens when we read bad ones.  We'll dive into why we connect with some books so powerfully.  We'll peek into other people's reading lives.  And we'll enjoy every minute of it because that's the kind of people we are.

How good it is to be among people who are reading.'
Anne Bogel

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I'm so excited I can't stand it!

Our 5 week Online Fall Book Club begins THIS FRIDAY, October 18th!  We're settling into our favorite chairs, books and highlighters and laptops in hand, as we dive into Anne Bogel's captivating I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.

Curling up with this little treasure was like sharing a conversation with friends over our mutual affection for books, wasn't it?  And now we get to indulge right here together!

Anne is smart and fun and has an exquisite flair for writing.  Over time, she has accumulated a vast knowledge of a number of genres and knows how to pull her reader in and get you excited about the reading life.

She chats about her life long love affair with books, the serendipity of living next door to the library, how books seem to find their perfect reader.  She drops hints on organizing your shelves to suit you best ... and admits 'bookshelf envy.'   She talks about her one day stint as a bookshop seller, and clarifies why it's not a great idea to be 'book bossy.'  And along the way she drops the names of a number of titles that'll have you enlarging your own must-read list.


Here's how we do Book Club
A post goes up 5 consecutive Fridays with two quotes from the book.  We start at the beginning of the book and work our way through as the weeks go on.  I put the passages on the table that have grabbed my attention or stolen my heart ... and then the conversation begins.  You, my beloved bookish aficionados, take it from there with your viewpoints and insights and anecdotes.

The good news?  You can drop by anytime to join the conversation ... kind of like an open house.  Or you're welcome to find a quiet corner and simply listen in if you'd prefer.

Whatever works for you works for me.

Head to your local library for your copy ... or buy the hardcover here or the Kindle version there.

Check out previous Book Clubs 
Invitation to Solitude and Silence - Ruth Haley Barton
{February 2018}

The Listening Life - Adam McHugh
{April 2018}

Becoming Mrs. Lewis - Patti Callahan 
{February 2019}

The Next Right Thing - Emily Freeman
{April 2019}

I can't wait for you to join the party ... especially if you're new around here.  Please know that the welcome mat is out ... a peek at past Book Clubs will show you that our discussions are warmly substantial and jam-packed with both fun and wisdom.

Having you join us will be the icing on the cake!  Be sure to bring your friends and fans.  Email, Twitter, FB, and Pinterest share buttons are quietly available in the gray box below.  Go ahead and subscribe right here so you won't miss a single gathering!

Please let me know you'll be joining us ... and I'll see you on Friday.  We'll be looking at the first 3 chapters ~
Linda

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

11 Absolute Truths About Emotions


  1.  Let's stop believing that emotions are a big bad word or an unpardonable sin.

  2.  Let's not ignore their reality or pretend that they don't exist.

  3.  Let's put an end to being afraid or shamed or daunted by their power.

  4.  Let's not keep shoving one after the other some place way down deep until they rise up unbidden and threaten to swallow us whole with out-of-control outbursts, terrifying anxiety, the heavy blanket of depression, or a wide range of life-altering addictive behaviors.

  5.  Let's not let our emotions call the shots, damage our relationships, or destroy our testimonies.

  6.  Let's pay attention as soon as our emotions come to call, and claim the time to look at these messengers that whisper the truth about what we're feeling.  And then choose right then and there to understand what the churning's all about.

  7.  Let's learn to make pro-active choices to thoughtfully respond in ways that tap into God's awesome power, show respect to others, and give grace and peace to ourselves.

  8.  Let's ask God to somehow redeem our emotions.

  9.  Let's stop saying, 'I'm angry.'  Because you are not your anger.

10.  Instead let's give ourselves full permission to calmly say, 'Right now I feel ...' whatever the emotion is.

11.  For we are not defined by our hurt, frustration, fear, sadness, disappointment, or whatever we happen to be feeling at that moment.  We are defined by our Savior. 
Linda


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Friday, October 4, 2019

On the Porch * Medical School, Depression, and Re-upholstering Furniture

This weekend On the Porch we're curling up with a 4 minute video ... and being reminded again that our personal trauma stories matter, that their unplanned pathways can lead to surprising places, and that fresh starts and serendipitous outcomes often end up available to us.  


And then let's talk about your own personal redemption stories, the life lessons God taught you as you faced an unexpected turn of events, when your plans got swiftly altered ... or your dreams shattered.

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten ... you will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you.
Joel 2:25 - 26

He never left us.  Not for one single moment.
Linda


The winner of a copy of our 
Fall Book Club pick 
{starting Friday, October 18th!} 
is
Bev Rihtarchik
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