This past week was spring break in Michigan. And it snowed, rained and sleeted most of the time. It was also cloudy, dark and cold. I’m not going to lie, we were all a little stir crazy. We did read a lot. Including Josiah’s new obsession with being read the Lord of the Rings out loud. People, it takes like twenty years for the hobbits to get out of the Shire…
Whenever I struggle, I read hard books. Kris often teases me about what sad book I am reading next. I read hard books, not because they are sad topics, but because of the proximity and perspective they give me. They fill me with hope and remind me of my purpose in Christ. I want to understand the stories of people and how to make a difference. When I want to wallow in my own uncertainties, I’m reminded of how much I have been given. Speaking of wallowing, read this great piece by Janyre Tromp. She’s the author at Ugly, Beautiful Me and I think you’ll love her.
This is what I’ve been reading…
Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
Homelessness in America.
by: Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
Extreme poverty in the United States. Low-wage labor market.
By: Sasha Abramsky
Economic inequality for the chronically poor and working poor.
Born Survivors by: Wendi Holden
Three young women and their babies born in a concentration camp.
Such defiant hope. courage. life in the face of death.
By: Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
Love. Loss. Hope. Kenya.
Keeping Hope Alive
by: Dr. Hawa Abdi with Sarah J. Robbins
Dr. Hawa and her daughters run a refugee camp on their family farm close to Mogadishu, Somalia. The camp has provided for nearly 90,000 refugees.
Hard things are happening in the world, but hope always prevails.
We can be part of that hope. I want very much to be.
What are you reading?
Also… I would love to give away my copy of Brooklyn, it is so sweet and fiction. (just leave a comment to be entered.)