Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by vacations and childhood friends and “packing”.

I've been "packing" for more than a week now and this is how far I've gotten (hint: it's just the books).

I’ve been “packing” for more than a week now and this is how far I’ve gotten (hint: it’s just the books).

Here are some of the wonderful things I found around the world this week.

Around the Web:

What is the Bible? Part 60: You’re Gonna Hear Me Rohr. Rob Bell is finally back with a continuation of his “What is the Bible?” series and an interview with Richard Rohr about the inerrancy of scripture and how we should approach it. It makes me want to read Rohr’s books (perhaps once I finish the books I already have…)

Scrubbing off the layers.  “It wasn’t in a screaming match, but rather the still of an insomnia-filled night that these words came to me: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” – John 10:10, The Message. Over and over, they’ve rolled around in my head on a loop, and I wonder what it means to really understand them, and what it is to live loved. What does it look like to not let the layers build up?”

Pretending is for Grown-Ups. “I pretend towards the world that I see in my mind, in scripture, and in your stories that you write in far away places. That’s what this whole online mess of sharing and listening and learning together is for me right now: pretending. But pretending is not just for little kids.”

On my bookshelf:

I read a lot this week (hooray libraries!). Here’s a smattering:

Jesus Is Better than You Imagined. Ya’ll, I read this book in less than 24 hours and I also went to Ikea during that day. That is to say, I finished this book in like 6 hours. So much of this book resonated with what I find in myself- reading the scriptures and trying to reconcile the God I’ve been taught about with the God I see there, the God I experience in the world. Definitely worth a read.

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. I love that the first word of this book is “Shit” and that the last are “But I kept scratching, while the alleluias rang through my head,” and let’s be real, I love most of the words in between. I love the honesty and self-deprecating humor, I love the accessibility, I love that she’s Lutheran. Also a fast read and definitely worth it.

The Fault in Our Stars. Say what you will about “YA Lit” not being meant for adults- this had some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read. Depressing and a little heavy-handed, but with moments in it like: “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly at first and then all at once.” It’s no use ever trying to write another metaphor, guys. Nothing will ever top that. We’ve peaked. Metaphors are downhill from here. So you should read the book and not just watch the movie (maybe that line is in the movie. I haven’t seen it yet).

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to read all three of those books in less than three days, stay tuned for a review later this week.

On This Blog:

I know I’ve been more than a little MIA lately as I move (and move and move and move… considering writing my next post about how packing and moving are a level of hell), but I will be settling into my new apartment this time next week and things will (hopefully) start to get back to normal. My most popular post this week was Honest to God: Holiness and Authenticity. Check it out if you missed it!

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

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