Are You talking to Me?

The writing seems to be opening up a bit. Whole lot of stuff swirling around in my head to write about, just waiting for a tiny opening to escape. Kind of like acupuncture. Thomas keeps telling me that he is opening up the flow to whichever area he is currently opening the flow to, and that the twirling and poking and toggling of the needles will do just that. The pain will be worth it. Not that it is painful, usually. But sometimes it is.

Kind of like the writing. Writing can be painful, at times. Trying to snatch one idea out of the hundreds flitting around in my head always reminds me of blowing a dandelion fluff ball into the wind and trying to grab each seed out of the air before they all fly away on the breeze. This is why I need to sit down, pull each of these thoughts out of the air my brain, write them down and plan my blogging. Which I have yet to do. Ever.

Maybe once I get my house picked up and more organized. 

I have been feeling the nudge to do something about all of this stuff. Periodically, I will read a tweet or post from someone who is reading or has read Jen Hatmaker’s book, 7. Here and here are some write-ups about her book. This morning a sweet bloggy friend, Fran, posted on her “More than a Mission Trip” Facebook page that she and her two partners-in-crime friends are in the process of doing the 7 bible study. (Here is their website.) She had read the book last year and participated in the 7 fasts. I’ve been thumped on the head by God about this before. I’ve always denied He was really meaning for me to actually buy the book and do this because, after all, one of my biggest excesses is books and I would have to buy the book and, possibly, the bible study. Which should be my first clue that this is really what I am supposed to do. Me? Not want to buy a book? Clear case of fear and disobedience.

So, long story short, I just ordered the book 7. Now I’m wondering the following:

1. What the heck was I thinking?
2. Is it too late to cancel my book order?
3.  Who wants to take this journey with me?

4. I’m not getting rid of any of my books. Just saying up front that that is not open for discussion.

Seriously. Who is in?

Love you guys…to excess and back!


It Doesn’t Count if They are Bible Study Books, Right?

Ahhh….addictions. We humans are woefully addicted, aren’t we?

Okay. I AM WOEFULLY ADDICTED! To Books. And Coffee. Let’s begin with the books this morning, shall we?

I HAD to purchase two books. I mean, I ran across them on another blog and they were HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as MUST HAVES if you are serious about your bible studying. I am oh, so, serious about my bible studying. So, I had to have this and this. I can hardly wait for them to arrive so that they can join the stacks of my other study helps.

And the coffee.

Sweet. Nectar. Of. Life.

I could have sent The Boy to Caribou. But that is all the way over on the other side of town! I mean, it would be a waste of gas (and we all know how expense that is) and his time (he has many, many projects to catch up on for me) and really. I just plain needed me some good, coffee shop brewed coffee. So I relented. And I sent him to the dreaded Starbucks. He knows my feelings about Starbucks lately. But he laughed out loud when he walked in. They were brewing my absolute favorite. Verona. Ohhhhhh…..yesssss. Life is suh-weet!

But I’m not going back again. Nope. I’ll just send The Boy. And once My Girl gets her license, I’ll send her.

"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all."

Like Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), I’m trying to read all of the books ever published. Lofty ambition you say? Okay, really, I’m just trying to PURCHASE all of the books ever published (according to my husband, anyway).

I admit it. I am fully, completely, head-over-heels in love with books. All kinds of books. Pretty much any kind of books. Since January I’ve purchased these books:

Living Simply: Choosing Less in a World of More
The Organized Life: Secrets of an Expert Organizer
The Complete Word Study New Testament
The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis
The Bible for Dummies (one for me, one for a friend)
NLT Sanctuary Devotional Bible
Praying the Names of Jesus
Battlefield of the Mind
Be Your Best
Beyond Picket Fences
The Complete Word Study Old Testament
Your Money after the Big 5-0 (okay, that’s for spouse who is closer to the Big 5-0 than I am)
Book of Common Prayer (for my BFF Jen)
Strong Women, Soft Hearts
Jesus, An Intimate Portrait
Get Out of That Pit (one for me, one for my sister, one for a friend)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for my son)
A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others
A Simple Christmas: A Faith-filled Guide to a Meaningful And Stress-free Christmas
Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out

Writing for the Soul: Instruction And Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life
Fit Not Fat at 40-Plus: The Shape-Up Plan That Balances Your Hormones, Boosts Your Metabolism, and Fights Female Fat in Your Forties-And Beyond
Take Flight! (Sisterchicks in the Word)

So, I am on a husbandself-imposed moratorium on books (yes, Jen, that’s what I said…so I’ll be borrowing all the books YOU purchase!) Jen also thinks it ironic that I need to purchase all of these books on organizing and simplifying my book purchases.

So…what book(s) are you currently reading?