Shadows & Dust, Vol. II, Issue 6

Our springtime cleaning and house projects continue — last night we figured out the new mattresses we bought for the kids’ bunk beds (assembled painstakingly by my youngest and me) are 1/2″ too wide. Good thing we can still return them for a narrower version. In the meantime, here are a few books worth picking up/downloading on your e-reader:

  • Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch — Still working on this one — really good stuff so far (one-third in)!
  • Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks by Walter Brueggemann — Another challenging book from one of my favorite scholar-pastor-theologians. Brueggemann doesn’t pull punches in moving from his biblical understanding, steeped in the Hebrew Scriptures, to today’s headlines.
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver — This novelist turned gardener/farmer takes her readers on a tour of her year-long experiment that fed her family of four from only what they grew and harvested on their own land. I’ve been so inspired that I cleared a spot in our backyard for a garden and found a friend to mentor the kids and me in the art of growing things.
  • A Severe Mercy: With 18 Letters By C.S. Lewis by Sheldon Vanauken —Ever since I found a great book to read with my youngest son a while back I’ve been looking for a good one to read with my girls. I thought I’d give this oldie but goodie a try last week and the girls were mesmerized.
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