Rachel Recommends…

This week’s post is brought to you by Blue Bell’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan ice cream. Because when you find this puppy in Wal-Mart in Mexico (even when it says it’s a “Holiday Favorite” and it’s now March) you jump right on that.


Rachel Recommends this ice cream. But for real.


– I’ve been in a Mumford mood lately. And I’ve been listening to a LOT of Mulan, trying to choreograph a dance for third graders to do for Spirit Week. Let me tell you how much teachers love Spirit Week. I love it approximately 10% of the time, and that is the time when I am thinking about how when Spirit Week is over we will (FINALLY) be on Spring Break.

On the Web:

The Difference Your Words Make. Let’s say kind things to each other- let’s even go out of our way to find kind things to say about each other. 

World Vision, Gay Marriage, and a Different Way Through. This was written before World Vision un-changed its policy. It’s still beautiful and level-headed and accepting of both sides in a way I haven’t seen done well. Definitely worth your time.

In which this is for the ones leaving evangelicalism. “I’m not afraid for you: you are held.  You are loved and you are free. I am hopeful for you.” What a beautiful piece of permission.

The Folds of Grace. I love poetry, and this is beautiful.

And then there is today
rising in a two-toned fabric of
beauty and fear
rippling shadow and light a hundredfold
shimmering with the poignant hue
of a grace drenched love
and I throw open the window
to breathe it in”

I mean, right? You know you want to read the whole thing.

On My Bookshelf:

Suddenly I’m reading four books at once over here, but I’m excited about all of them (and the friends I’m reading them with)!

 Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Just finished it this week. So fascinating: especially the portrayal of Western Aid organizations (specifically World Vision) and how our best efforts can still be thwarted by  people doing everything they can to make their lives better. Non-fiction written like fiction (my favorite!). Check it out.

– Discipline by Elisabeth Elliot. I’m going to be honest, she has some metaphors and stories and poems that are a little unrelated and her points aren’t always clear in the name of remaining theologically neutral on some hot issues (like predestination), but we’re still in the first few chapters and I’m sticking it out.

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. I just downloaded this week (because it was only $1.99!) and have barely started, but ya’ll, I’m so excited. I’ve been a big fan of Sarah Bessey for a while now and I can’t wait to learn from and be encouraged by this book. I’m already planning a review post for when I finish it.

On This Blog:

My most popular post this week was my reaction to the World Vision announcement (and later retraction): Jesus Loves YOU, this I know. Check it out if you haven’t.

This week on the blog, I’ll be continuing with my Women of Lent series and starting a new segment about some great people I’ve found around the internet (you can get a sneak peek by checking out my featured sellers pictures on the right sidebar!). We’ll also be having a free giveaway, so check back on Tuesday to enter to win some great items from their shops!

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

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One Comment

  1. Love your rec’s, Rachel! I’m finally starting some new books this week after spending months in the same ones – halfway thru The Cuckoo’s Calling (I know, so last year, but I’m just now getting around to it…) I think I need to add the beautiful forevers to my TBR list

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