Friends, it’s the dog days of summer. That’s all I have to say about that. Here are a few favorites to read/listen to while you position yourself under the a/c vent and ask your daughters to fan you with color sheets. (Maybe that’s just me.)
Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf: Oh, I loved every word of this story. Katherine and Jay’s story is one of resilience, hope, and belief in a faithful God. Katherine and Jay don’t sugar-coat the hard days, but they don’t wallow in them either. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and was reminded why it’s so important to tell our story. Our story of healing helps others heal too.
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani: Based on the story of her grandparents, this fiction book tells of love, loyalty and perseverance. A sweet, sweet story.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: This was maybe the hardest book I’ve ever read. I can’t even come up with words to describe it, but the Amazon review says this, “A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.” It will be required reading for my girls one day. My eyes kept getting wider and wider as I turned each page, my stomach turning, until I remembered the old adage, “Once you know, you can’t go back.” That’s how I feel after this book. As a white person who is mom to a black girl in the year 2016, I cannot bury my head in the sand, pretend everything’s okay with racism in our country, or act like I’m not here for such a time as this. I must show a different way. I must be willing to learn and listen. I must ask the Holy Spirit to show me every prejudice in my heart so that I can bring those to the light and allow God to show me truth and light and love. And then I must put what I’ve heard and learned into action. I must use this one life I get to prove that love works. I could go on, but I’ll stop there. Please read this book.
Grace for President- In our quest to add more books to our home library that feature people of various skin colors, I found this one. It’s such a fun one that teaches kids about the electoral college and how it works while cheering on Grace as she runs for president. (I know with the RNC and DNC going on recently, it would be easy to read something political into this, but this is just a book recommendation of a new book we got that we have enjoyed. I’m still praying through how I’ll vote come November.)
The Happy Hour Podcast with Jamie Ivey– My friend Katye recommended this podcast (over a particularly delicious quiche at Porcellino’s, I might add) and I’ve been loving it! It’s funny and light-hearted, but they also cover important topics and ministries and opportunities. I turn it on when I’m cooking dinner (or preparing another pupu platter) and it’s a fun end to my “work” day.