Saturday, September 5, 2015

July... August...

So I started grad school this summer and have fallen behind on updating this!

Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom was a great read. I got through it by reading the book as well as listening to it. Because there are names and places that I could not pronounce, I would much rather listen to someone else read it to me. Listening to books keeps me on track. It was interesting to read after being in South Africa this summer.

Multiplication is for White People was a book that was required reading for the summer. It is so great to read about education from Lisa Delpit. Her background as an educator and parent is invaluable to the conversation.

Billy Graham wrote a book on the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit: Activating God's Power in Your Life. Let that sink in for a minute. It was a book required for the C.S. Lewis fellows program. It was one of the best books I read for the program.

Loving God When You Don't Love the Church: Opening the Door to Healing was a very real book about the struggle between loving God and loving the Church when you've been hurt. Pretty sure we have all been hurt by the church at some point, but the Church is worth fighting for. The author gave real examples and was a pretty good book to read, especially since I have worked on staff at a few churches.

I Am Because You Are: Another book about education in South Africa. So interesting to read about education. I found this book at the library and was encouraged by how they want to invest in children from conception to career.  

Other People's Children is also by Lisa Delpit. Another great read on education.

Needless to say, these days, my book list is filled with books about education. I'm hoping to read a few good stories every once in a while, but there are a lot of books required for the my grad classes.

Thanks for being patient and understanding!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


So check out this little ditty:

Awkwafina takes us on many random adventures through the five boroughs of NYC.

I'll admit, I've only been to New York City once in high school. There is still a lot of territory left to cover!

I think I might start with Stanton Island, Little Italy, or a day in Central Park. She includes secrets about them all!

I like that she included random things like the best places to take a pee break, top Chinese places, and an adult scavenger hunt through Central Park.

This book is fun to read and includes maps.

The only thing that makes me wonder is what our children will think of the outdated terms she uses and if construction eventually changes any of her routes (she's obviously familiar with each route she describes in the book).

Sometimes she went a little over the top and used unnecessary language, but overall this book is fun for 20-30 somethings looking for a fun weekend in NYC. 

I received this book for WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.