What I’ve Been Reading: March 2015 Edition

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I’ve been going back and forth over whether I should write a post now for a while. I really enjoyed compiling my “what I’ve been reading” post for February.  I felt a little bad just posting about some articles and books I’ve been reading, when this blog has been all about food all along, and I didn’t want to alienate anyone who might be reading only for the recipe posts (thanks to all my email subscribers!).

However…I’ve decided that I’m still figuring out a little bit of new direction for this blog and if I want to write about something other than food, that’s what I’m going to do!  I should have some new recipes for you soon, but for now, this is what I’ve been reading:

Articles

For When You Only Have Five Minutes to Be in the Bible – I’m ashamed to admit how often excuses about my lack of time have caused me to stay away from God’s Word and prayer.  This article really encouraged me and also helped me to see little pockets of time for prayer.  Thanks to a good friend for sharing this article with me!

I am Not a Crunchy Mom or a Whole Foods Blogger – My thoughts exactly!

Non Toxic Sleep May Save Your Baby’s Life – I try not to believe everything I read, but this was interesting food for thought at least.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Depression – More food for thought.

Corn Flakes and Cortisol: Cereal for Breakfast? – Very interesting history of the rise of cereal!

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life -This is for everyone who posts on social media and thinks there is no repercussion.  It certainly has made me more aware of how easily people can take one thing I say and run with it.  It makes me want to leave other people with lots of room for grace.  The internet certainly could use more grace.

And…this.  How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks – I think the title tells you everything.  If anyone has some tried and true solutions, let me know!

 

Books

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive, by Thom S. Rainer – My husband ordered this book, but when I saw the title, I decided to read it.  It was interesting and well-written, though a bit repetitive.  It was a nice, very short read, which is a major plus for me.

I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference, by Thom S. Rainer
– Another of my husband’s books which I picked up. Also, another very short, readable book by the same author.  I liked this one a little better, just because of the way it encouraged people to be more – do more.  I think it’s always better to encourage and state something in the positive, rather than in a negative light like the first book did.  They’re both great, but I would recommend this one out of the two.

Too Great a Temptation: The Seductive Power of America’s Super Church – Written by Joel Gregory who pastored First Baptist Dallas for just under 2 years, this book was yet another one of my husbands.  He checked this one out at his school library.  Overall it was interesting, but a bit too long.  It also seemed unfairly prejudiced against Gregory’s predecessor, Dr. Criswell.  Gregory doesn’t appear to admit to many mistakes, and the book seems like a whiny attempt to justify himself while saying nothing about his personal life (especially his nearly immediate divorce and quick remarriage to another woman).  That Gregory felt the need to so publicly discredit a large church (albeit an imperfect one), it’s long-standing pastor, and many of it’s parishioners is quite unfortunate.

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