During Lent, my church in Berkeley is focusing the Sunday sermons around themes in the new Barbara Brown Taylor book, An Altar in the World. Since I can't be there to experience Lent with FCCB, I thought it would be a good idea to get the book from the library and read along.
In the introduction, the author states that each chapter in her book is an attempt to answer the question, "what is saving your life right now?" I love that question, and I thought I'd explore it a bit in the blog.
What is saving my life right now?
Books: I am reading several books at the moment. Three audio books (one for the car, one for knitting, and one for other kinds of crafting), one novel (of the paper and ink kind), and three books on spirituality. I have several more waiting in my library bag, and a few waiting on the holds shelf at our tiny neighborhood library.
These books keep me company when I feel lonely, give me hope and inspiration, and help me to learn more about myself. I love being able to get so caught up in a story that I don't notice my tea's gotten cold or my hands are sore from knitting. I love reading before I fall asleep, until I can barely keep my eyes open, and I love the need to keep a notebook handy to write down incredible insights and quotes that I need to remember.
Here are just a few of the books I've been loving lately:
When the Heart Waits, by Sue Monk Kidd (Spiritual memoir/advice about the difficulty of waiting for God to work in your life)
The Lake of Dead Languages, by Carol Goodman (suspenseful novel about a girl's boarding school)
The Tenth Gift, by Jane Johnson (Beautiful novel that moves between historical and contemporary settings in England and Morocco, and centers around embroidery!)
What books are you loving this winter?