What I Am Into – December 2019

Cheesy Christmas Movies:

  • Holiday In The Wild (4/5) – She moves to Africa. She falls in love with helping elephants.
  • Let It Snow (5/5) – All different scenarios. Such a cute movie.
  • The Knight Before Christmas (5/5) – This is about a knight who lived in a time period long before ours. He unwillingly time travels to 2019. It is also a love story.
  • Christmas In The Heartland (5/5) – This is about two strangers ( one who is rich and the other poor) switching places for a week (grandparents had not met them so they didn’t know).
  • Noelle (5/5) -When Noelle Kringle was a little girl, her father, Kris Kringle, would return to the North Pole every Christmas night to happily celebrate with the family. He reminds Noelle’s older brother Nick that he must begin his Santa training to take over for him one day. Years later, Kris passes away five months before Christmas and Nick has yet to perfect his training. Noelle continues to give him her Christmas spirit support while also making her famous Christmas cards. With the pressure too much to handle, Noelle tells Nick to get away for the weekend so that he can relax before the big day. Seven days later, the reindeer return to the North Pole, but Nick is nowhere to be found. When Noelle admits that she told her brother to get away, all the elves turn on her for essentially ruining Christmas. The elves have no choice, but to appoint Noelle’s cousin Gabriel, the Kringle’s tech support, to fill in for the year.

Other Movies: 

  • Fred Rogers (4/5) – What a great movie about his life and how he helped so many people.
  • Frozen 2 (5/5) – It is amazing wonderful.
  • Float (5/5) – A father discovers that his son floats, which makes him different from other kids. To keep them both safe from the judgment of the world, Dad hides, covers, and grounds him. But when his son’s ability becomes public, Dad must decide whether to run and hide or to accept his son as he is.

Spiritual Disciplines:

  • Breath Prayer
  • Jesus Prayer
  • Welcoming Prayer
  • Centering Prayer

New Traditions:

  • Light a candle to remind you of God’s presence.

Lovely Links:

What I READ – Fall 2019

  • Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction by Susan. S. Phillips (4/5) – I love the raw and honest conversations that happened between Susan and her directees. It was very beautiful. She also taught me that lighting a candle can represent God’s presence in a beautiful way. It is strange that I am giving this book such a high star review. Because after reading this book I still do not understand the role of the Spiritual Director. Except that they seem like a good listener. I guess I am looking for something more.
  • Fire by Night: Finding God in the Pages of the Old Testament (Paperback) 
    by Melissa Florer-Bixler (1/5) – The old testament is somewhere I struggle to find God as loving. I struggle interpreting the Old Testament and this book didn’t help me understand it better. It just talked about ideas in the Old Testament.
  • Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions by Rachel Held Evans (4/5) – Rachel pointed out how we pick and choose which bible verses to follow. I don’t really agree with all her theology but this book definitely had me thinking. This was the first book she wrote however this is the book of hers that I chose to read last. I will miss her words so much. RIP Rachel

  • Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World by Osheta Moore (2/5)  –This book is about practicing peace. It also talks about we need to have joy in difficult circumstances. It is very hard to read books like that have such clear cut answers when life isn’t that easy. It also gave some basic ideas so I really wasn’t impressed by this book. I don’t think it is profound read like everyone says it is.

  • Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack by Alia Joy (5/5) – This book is all about what we lack. The secret is to surrender to God. Lack leads to God’s abundance. She shares her mental illness disorder (Bipolar). She tells us that she good days and bad days.

  • The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin (4/5) – This is a brilliant book about loving the people right where you are.
  • Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God (5/5) – If you don’t know Sarah Bessey this might not be the book for you. After you read her other book it will be good. That is because this is more of a memoir compared to her other books. She writes about her faith in God even through her Chronic Pain. It is a lovely book that inspires me to always have hope and lean on God even when it is hard.

  • The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever by Jamie Wright (4/5) – This book was a very thought provoking book on christian missions. I don’t like that she spoke of only the negative side of christian missions. However, I do think she was trying to be informative. The author was very engaging and funny.