I love discovering new authors. Meet Amena Brown an author and spoken-word poet.
Her book How to Fix a Broken Record released in November and it’s a keeper.
Do destructive messages ever play like a broken record in your mind? I am raising my hand.
When God heals that broken record of your soul, you’ll be ready to step into your calling, speak up for what’s right, and dance your own story of God’s grace.
Amena shares truths with an exceptional sense of humor. Her book is divided into seven sections paired with a vinyl record: love and be yourself, dating, marriage, lessons in adulting, ctrl+alt+surrender, home, searching for the groove. Funny and profound. Full of faith.
The job of a poet is to be a prophet, and it is not the job of the prophet to only say the things that make people happy and comfortable. Sometimes poets must say the hard thing, must bring up sadness and anger lingering beneath people’s sentences and actions, must dismantle work by work and brick by brick the systems that oppress anyone who bears the image of God.
I am thankful for Amena’s prophetic voice. Her debut is beautiful, like her voice. A voice I hope to hear much more of in the future.
I’m giving away a copy of How to Fix a Broken Record. Just comment below to be entered to win. How do you stop destructive messages on repeat and rest in what God can do?
Today, I want to offer you encouragement. Someday soon, I can tell you about the past six months, all the closed doors, false starts, waiting, questioning, being humbled again and again… and the open doors. The ones that move the slightest bit and leave you stunned.
This is what I know, God cares for us with a gentle, careful love. He always has and always will. Even if we don’t at all see clearly what he is doing in our lives. That in itself is a tremendous thing.
To call you friends is a tremendous thing.
I want to give away three books I read over the summer- as we all free fall into a new season where our calendars expand and responsibilities pile up.
Hand Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford
Present-over-Prefect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
I pray for you all to be able to slow down this fall season and see the cracks of light streaming through the doors God opens for you.
Leave a comment to be entered to win. Or direct someone over to our Facebook Page if you think they might be encouraged there, let me know to be entered.
How do you practice being present over being perfect?
This summer I read two books, hoping for perspective for something I struggle with.
Lysa TerKeurst is a writer, speaker, and the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries. The Best Yeshelps readers make wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. Sometimes no is very hard for me. I feel so sick and guilty when I have to say no to something. The chapters of the book draw you into the process of saying yes and no wisely. Chapter three sums up what so many of us feel, an overwhelmed schedule and an underwhelmed soul. Seeking God and letting go of unrealistic expectations can help us wisely give our best yes and humbly offer our best no.
Jessica Turner of Mom Creative, writes The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. The Fringe Hours encourages busy parents to take time for themselves. Do you ever feel guilty when you lie down for a nap, read a book, or try a new craft and your house is a mess? We are encouraged to give ourselves permission to invest in the things we love and the relationships that are important for us, while letting go of the guilt of self-imposed pressures.
I truly struggle with both of these things.
I’m so thankful for all of you. I want to encourage you all to know its all right to not be perfect. We don’t have to always say yes. We don’t have to give away our fringe hours continually for others. Part of the way we make a difference and give back is to take care of ourselves too.
Since reading these books I have:
Made a secret Pinterest board with things I want to dream about.
Before school starts again I am trying to take a little nap every afternoon while the kids do their screen time.
I got little white lights to hang above my writing desk. I wish I could drape the world with little white lights 🙂
I’m going to make time to exercise and take care of myself.
I practiced saying no, which brought me to a yes that I could offer and feel so excited about.
I’m slowing down, so I can hear.
What do you all love to do in your fringe hours? I want to know what you LOVE to do when you make time for it! These are very well the things God will use most deeply in your life to make a difference.
I also want to give away my copies of these two books! Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered!