Today, I’m pleased to share with you a book from my friend, Alexandra Kuykendall, called ‘The Artist’s Daughter.’ Alexandra was kind enough to send me a copy of the book in exchange for a copy of mine. Two barriers initially stood between me and the book. First, I’m not much of a memoir reader. I think I have about one one my shelf. Two, I’m not really at the center of the target audience. Despite that, I enjoyed the book and I think you should check it out. Alexandra was kind enough to answer a few questions to help you get a sense of what it’s all about.
Archives For Uncategorized
Hello, and welcome back, my friends! I am so glad to be back to the blog, starting a new year with you. I hope your holidays were fantastic, and I just want to start a new year of blogging by saying how thankful I am for each of you. It’s going to be a great year!
Now, let’s get on with things!
A lot of words are spoken in an entire year.
If God has numbered the hairs on our heads, perhaps He knows how many words we speak. I sure don’t.
The thing about words is that many of them are not that important. Many of them are sort of carelessly spoken. Some, you wish could be taken back. Some remain unspoken, despite our deep desire to let them out. Others are not heard, or misunderstood, or come out at the wrong place at the wrong time.
What if you could sum up your hopes for an entire year with one word.
That’s the point of One Word 365, as I interpret it. My friend, Alece Ronzino of Grit and Glory started the One Word community a few years ago, encouraging people to focus on just one word for the coming year. Because New Year’s resolutions are needlessly wordy and almost always forgotten. One word could be about goals, tangible or intangible. It’s a filter and a prism to view your life through. It’s a prayer, a meditation, a focus or a goal.
This year, I’m jumping on board. I’m making One Word part of my year.
What word is going to shape my 2013?
I just want to say that I’m super glad we spend this time together. I have a great time writing and sharing and reading from each of you. I’m glad we’re blog buddies.
Right now, I’m going to take a much needed sabbatical through the end of the year so I can spend the rest of the Christmas season with some focus and clarity.
Remember, the incarnation is proof that God does not exaggerate. There are no lengths or depths He will not travel to find you. There is no limit to His love for you. He intends to make all things new and bring justice to the world. His zeal for these things consumes His thoughts. There was a literal baby laying in a literal barn that proved that God wasn’t making it all up.
That is an amazing thing.
So, I’ll be back on Wednesday January 2. What can you expect from me in the new year?
We’ll be just three months away from the release of Life After Art. You’ll get to read some more about the book and my unlikely path to publication.
I’ll be sharing stories of people creating great things that make the world better for others through a new blog series.
If you have not yet, give me a “Like” on my new Facebook page. It’ll give you one more avenue to the inside track on my book as we near release (and you’ll be helping me spread the word, which I greatly appreciate.) I’ll still be hanging out on Facebook and Twitter over the next couple of weeks.
I would love to hear how you plan to celebrate the holidays. I will see you next year, my friends!
Hey everyone, I’m guest blogging for Stephanie Spencer over at Everyday Awe today. She’s doing a great series on Advent that you should definitely be following. Join me over there!
Have you ever wished you could ditch the digital avatar and get real with some of your favorite bloggers?
If you are going to Catalyst, or you’re just going to be in Atlanta on October 3, here is your chance! I’ve made it to the Bloggers Meetup three years running, and its always been a highlight of my week. Blogging is one of those activities that when I’m around non-bloggers, I feel kind of “closeted,” because people tend to think blogging is nerdy or I live in my parents basement or something. But at Bloggers Meetup, I am accepted and affirmed for who I am. Where else can you find 100 people who all share your interest?
Wondering which bloggers might be going? This list should give you enough reason to drop everything and get a ticket right now.
Nicole Cottrell at Modern Reject.
Bryan Allain at Bryan Allain.com.
Kent Shaffer at Church Relevance.
Alece Ronzino at Grit and Glory.
Bianca Juarez Olthoff at In the Name of Love.
Blake Atwood at Faith Village.
Justin Davis at Refine Us.
Lindsey Nobles at I’m Just Saying.
Joy Eggerichs at Love and Respect Now.
Darrell and Ally Vesterfelt from Prodigal Magazine.
And lots of others! The only person we’re missing is you! I know, that was kind of corny, but seriously, get yourself to the Bloggers Meetup. You’ll be glad you did.
Today, I’m really glad to bring you my blogging friend, Zack, author of the fantastic blog, The American Jesus. Read, comment, and then go follow his blog and his Twitter. I’ll be back on Monday, July 30.
Did God really create the world in only six days?
Was Noah really able to squeeze two of every animal on earth into the ark?
Are the streets of heaven really paved with gold?
Answer any of these questions the “wrong” way among the right group of people and you’re likely to get yourself into a world of trouble. After all, something is either “true” or it’s not, right?
But what does it mean for something to be “true”? If a Biblical story isn’t a historical account of something that can be documented through archeology, does that necessarily make it not true?
Many of the battles lines in the church today seem to be drawn around how this issue of how we should interpret a given passage from scripture. In other words, should the Bible be read “literally” or “metaphorically”?