Rachel Recommends…

This week’s post is brought to you by parents and beaches and vacation. Unfortunately, real life and real work start back up on Monday, but two weeks of spring break should definitely be a part of everyone’s year.



Let’s talk about [homo]sexuality: A respectful, funny, and interesting debate. I didn’t watch all the way through the question and answer time, but the first bit is great. And I really liked the two perspectives they had on the church’s history with supporting slavery and how that is relevant.

On the Web:

The 5 Stages of Faith Loss. Hopeful against all odds, honest in the difficulty. Worth a read.

In Which I’ll Do the Dishes. Love men who love women AND love Jesus (like my Dad who always did the dishes).

The Truth of Story. “God acts in history and in your and my brief histories not as the puppeteer who sets the scene and works the strings but rather as the great director who no matter what role fate casts us in conveys to us somehow from the wings, if we have our eyes, ears, hearts open and sometimes even if we don’t, how we can play those roles in a way to enrich and ennoble and hallow the whole vast drama of things including our own small but crucial parts in it.”
–Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets

Shut Up and Know that I am God. “Maybe we would do well to take this advice more often. To slow down. To shut up. To listen instead of talk. Perhaps a God who is better than we imagined is waiting for us in the stillness and solitude and silence.”

The Day I Knew I, Too, Could Murder. “‘But it’s not FAIR!’ I yelled at God. They should NOT get off scot free! How could you let guilty people who are unpunished in this life still go unpunished in the next? I sobbed, yelled, railed, and then finally stilled enough to know the answer. No, it wasn’t fair. No condemnation wasn’t fair. But then again, neither was the pardon I have received. Mercy is never fair. The ground at the foot of the cross is level, and he offers welcome and pardon to anyone: even to rapists and would-be-murderers like me.”

On my bookshelf:

 I read all of the first two books of the Divergent series sitting on the beach this week. The first one was great and different from the movie (which you might remember I already saw). The second one I read in about 5 hours and I felt like it was sort of a filler between the big ending and the swept up beginning, but it wasn’t bad. I’ve held off on buying the third one for a few days now because I have work next week, but I’m sure it won’t last long.

– In between Divergent and Insurgent, I read about half of Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. I will definitely be writing a review post of that as soon as I finish it, so be looking for that in the coming weeks. For now, know that I highly recommend it and am looking forward to learning more as I continue.

On This Blog:

With all of the spring break fun happening here, I haven’t been around much this week or last, so my most popular post this week was actually a very old one, All that I Ever Did.

Our new featured sellers (and another giveaway!) will be going live in the next week, so be sure to check back on Thursday for that.

What about you? What’s on your computer/bookshelf/iPod this week?

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