Friday Fuel: Singers, Stereotypes, Gender Roles and Control Freaks

December 6, 2013

From the looks of the title of this post, this week had a lot of variety.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to post a Friday Fuel.  To be honest, with our hospital stay and then the holiday, I’m just kind of getting back into the swing of things, which makes me very glad.

On My Bookshelf


I cannot believe I was not familiar with this series until this week when my Dad loaned me his old copies of The Singer, The Song, and The Finale by Calvin Miller.  The books are retellings of the Gospel, the book of Acts and the book of Revelation, retold in poetry.  If you are looking for something contemplative to read this Advent, I highly recommend any of these.

In My Wishlist

Okay, it’s not on my wishlist because I already own it, but my buddy Jeff Goins’ book, The In-Between is on sale for two bucks right now on Amazon, which definitely puts it in the category of impulse purchase.

In My Blog Reader

First, I am so happy to hear about Ed Cyzewski’s future plans with his writing.  We live in a time when we are so busy and often so discontented, that I can’t think of anything much better than the book of meditations he is preparing for us.

Even though I’m not a twenty-something anymore, I love Paul Angone’s blog and book.  And he nails it on the head.  Generational stereotypes are as old as the generations themselves.  Old people have been characterizing young people as lazy, clueless narcissists for decades.  The stereotypes do every generation an injustice and they have got to go.

When Nicole Cottrell speaks, I have to give her credit for being brave.  Stepping into the foray of gender roles is no easy task, but she speaks with incredible clarity.

Finally, if there is one thing that my wife’s and my journey with infertility has taught me is that we are not in control.  Control is an illusion.  And for most of my life, I have been a bit of a control freak.  I’m probably a recovering control freak now.  Anne Marie Miller gives us control freaks some tips on how to overcome this fruitless burnout.

I’m so thankful for all of these writers.  They fueled and encouraged me so much this week.  What fueled you?

3 responses to Friday Fuel: Singers, Stereotypes, Gender Roles and Control Freaks

  1. Thanks so much Matt for including my book project announcement in your list. I’m glad it makes sense to a creative guy like yourself!
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  2. A day off on Wednesday fueled me this week!

  3. Thanks so much for linking…:) Praying for you today.