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2019 Top Reads: Song for A Whale

Song for A Whale, Lynne Kelly

I’ll start by saying this: I didn’t know when I started reading this book that I would spend an inordinate amount of time feeling incredibly anxious over the emotional wellbeing of a single whale, and yet there I was. There were even one or two people who got panicky texts from me about how I wasn’t going to be ok until I knew if the whale was ok. Sorry again about that. You know who you are. 

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Thursday Thought: Redeemable You

For the last month or so in my personal Bible study, I’ve been working my way through Judges and 1 Samuel. I’m gonna be perfectly honest here, it isn’t all that fun. A lot of times I’ve explored these books separately or in little chunks as part of a broader study. But camping out and chewing away at this period of time has been a totally different experience. There’s no nice way to say it, but the time of Judges in Israel was ugly. Just ugly. In many ways, the stories start to sound like a broken record. Israel’s doing well. Israel finds a shiny new god to follow. Israel falls into chaos. Israel wonders how that could have happened and where God is. God rescues those who turn to him. Rinse and repeat. 
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2019 Top Reads: Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman

There are few authors who successfully write in multiple genres as well as Neil Gaiman. The man is an absolute master. Gaiman’s writing style is thoroughly unique to him and translates easily to whatever genre he’s exploring. His narrative retelling of Norse mythology is no exception. 

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Thursday Thought: Nowhere to Go But Forward

There’s a maxim I have for myself in times of trouble: nowhere to go but forward. It’s a reminder not just that I’m not out of the fight, but also of the immediacy of my situation. It’s a reminder that I’ve needed more times than I care to count, because let’s face it, sometimes life can be wildly unpredictable. 
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2019 Top Reads: The Line Tender

The Line Tender, Kate Allen

If you like sharks and deep narratives on how we handle grief and change in youth than this is the book for you! I found this book on one of my big library hauls. The cover alone is stunning and when I did my usual flip through the first few pages, I found that each chapter heading comes with beautiful, huge, shark artwork that, honestly, I couldn’t get enough of. What a gem. 

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Thursday Thought: Better Than Growing

Ever heard the word Christianese? It’s the idea that in Christian circles there are certain words we use so much they become part of their own language. Christianese is a collection of overused buzzwords that have lost their punch after being the first thing on a person’s lips for so long. They’re words like “intentional” “calling”, or “fellowship”
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2019 Top Reads: The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once series, Cressida Cowell

I would apologize for having Cressida Cowell on this list twice, but that would mean I’m sorry and I’m really just not. Not even a little. What can I say? Here’s an author who knows how to build an incredible children’s series.

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