Our amazing and unseasonably cool July weather has given way to typical August temps. While I do love summer, August in the south isn’t really summer. It’s more like an unwanted trip to the surface of the sun. May I suggest making some homemade popsicles, turning the ceiling fan to high, and chilling on the couch with a good book or movie? Here are a few favorites from recent weeks…
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd- One chapter in and I already knew this would be a favorite just like Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees. A tale of two sisters and how their voices changed history, this book is riveting with language so rich and imaginative you will feel like you’ve been transported in time.
Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker- A funny and motivating read for anyone who wants to make the most of this life they’ve been given. I’m still laughing about the butterfly story.
Home-Making by JR Miller- Written in the 1880s, this one might ruffle a few feathers in our modern day world, but it is packed with timeless truth and some much needed reminders for my generation. Different sections address the husband, wife and children of the family. I especially loved the part about civility in the home.
Little House in the Big Woods– For our Be Brave Weekend, we gave Lydia the first of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Our theme for this year is “We can do hard things,” and I thought Laura’s story would be inspirational for Lydia. This series was a favorite of mine when I was younger, and I’m looking forward to sharing the books with my girls.
Gifted Hands– My friend Becca told me I had to watch this movie, and she was right. It is so good. The movie (there is a book too) is based on the true story of Dr. Ben Carson. The movie takes you through his life from a childhood growing up in inner-city Detroit to his role as a neurosurgeon who successfully separated twins conjoined at the head. Warning: you will need Kleenex, but it’s totally worth it.
Million Dollar Arm– Matt and I saw this one at the $3 theater on an afternoon where I was actually wearing a sweater in July–crazy! I have a special place in my heart for the people of India because of an incredible ministry we get to support called Arpana House. This was a fun, endearing movie with a sweet story about the power of dreams.
Stay cool, friends! And maybe bring me a popsicle?