First, Don Miller’s Blog. I love Don Miller. In the unlikely event that you are not familiar, he’s the author of the best-selling-book-soon-to-become-a-major-motion-picture, Blue Like Jazz. It is one of my favorite books. Recently, my pastor recommended I also read “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”
So, I did.
I stretched out the reading of this particular book for as long as I possibly could. I literally cried as I read the last page. One, because it was extremely moving. And B, because the book ended. No lie. That is about the highest praise I can give a book—to literally cry when it’s over.
I know, I really stink at book reviews, which is why I write so few of them.
So, anyway, I subscribe to Don Miller’s blog via RSS Feed (which after 3 ½ years of blogging, still have no clue what that means)—thus, the posts travel to a weird place on my desktop that is not in my immediate line of vision. Thus, I always forget his posts are there. Thus, every time I rediscover that I have unread Don Miller posts, I get all giddy inside, like I just discovered a $20 bill in my coat pocket.
So, this first link is from Don’s blog. Except that this particular post is not written by Don. It was a guest post by Jesse Rice. (Seriously, Sandy? Why the bunny trails?) It is hilarious. LOL-ing during the reading of a blog post forces me (yes, FORCES—I have absolutely no control over my actions) to read further and seek more material from said author. Which I did—Jesse Rice has a blog, hallelujah. It’s called, “The Church of Facebook.” As if the title wasn’t awesome enough, reading the first few posts of his blog left me with no choice but to subscribe. Again with the LOL-ing. I subscribed via email, not RSS feed, by the way. Oh, and Jesse has a book, by the same name. Which I need to order.
Here are those links:
Next, a post by another one of my favorite authors, John Rosemond. Funny story about John: about 10 years ago, I saw John Rosemond speak at a live event. There, I asked him to sign my copy of his book “Making the Terrible Twos Terrific.” He did. And I cherished it. So much so, that I offered my signed copy to a new friend from my daughter’s playgroup who was having a terrible time with her two-year-old. A few months later, I asked my new friend if she was finished reading it (my cherished signed copy) and she said that she never read it and had no idea where it was. The end.
That was neither a story about John, nor was it funny. Just a little something that pops into my mind every single time I think about John Rosemond or my friend. (Let it GO, Sandy)
In this article, John takes issue with the popular parenting adage: Rules without relationship leads to rebellion. (Which interestingly, I have heard quoted TWO other times this week…isn’t that strange?) This post is extremely timely for me, since my daughter (for which I bought the Terrible Twos book) is now 12 ½. Most days, I find myself groping my way through this unique stage of adolescent parenting. Or what I like to call the “I Have No Earthly Idea What the Heck I’m Doing” stage. Or the “Everything That Has Worked Up Until This Point No Longer Works” stage. Or simply the, “Jesus, Help Me” stage. If you find yourself here, this article may be timely for you, too.
Finally, my friend Tyler wrote an outstanding post this week about finding the space in your life where you can hear God’s voice. Tyler says, “I’ve heard it said that you can tell where a person’s heart is by looking over his bank statements. In our day and age, and in particular for women, I think you can tell a lot about where her heart is by looking at her calendar.” Amen. I wish I would have written that.
Or, I wish Tyler would have written it as a guest post on my blog—since I have a blog about hearing God’s voice, and all, Tyler.
But since she didn’t, I’ll send you to her.
While you are there, you must click around a bit. She’s always been a good writer, but lately, she’s been hitting it out of the park. Go ahead and subscribe while you are there, too. For real. Via e-mail, not RSS feed. Unless you enjoy that feeling of discovering something good you forgot you had. Or your RSS feeds travel to a place in your immediate line of vision.
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