Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan
I usually just do short term reviews at the end of the month but this was such a spectacular book I had to write a longer book review. Jessica is a shy introvert who realizes she doesn’t have a lot of friends. She starts doing bold things. She goes on friend apps on her phone, does improv, stand-up comedy, travels alone, and networking. She is braver than I have even been. I admire that so much. The most beautiful I think she does is host a Thanksgiving dinner party at her house. She invites people that don’t know each other. In England they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but they have always been jealous of that holiday tradition. She says “A dinner party is social and unpredictable and requires juggling many things at once — all things introverts aren’t crazy about.” She made me realize even though it is really hard to put yourself out there, it is worth it. She says ” I wanted to know what it was like. To be able to make a choice about what kind of life I had.”
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans (3/5) – Rachel always makes me see the bible from a different perspective. While I don’t always agree with her she stretches my thinking patterns. This book mainly talks about how the Bible isn’t supposed to be torah since it was written to a certain group of people. I have a hard time believing this all the way because Jesus says the instructions in the Gospel is for all of us. The question is… What rules and commandments in the Bible are not suppose to apply to this century. What stuff should we still adamantly believe and follow. This book was sometimes confusing but I think it was because it is filled with such richness and depth. I need to reread the part on war stories again.
Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace by Christie Purifoy (5/5) – Christie talks about all the places she has ever lived. She sees the beauty in each place. I can’t believe she lived in my city at one time. There is a park really close to my house that has always been my favorite. She loved it too. In the end I learned that this was a book about her longing for peace and realizing that peace and place are indistinguishable. This book is also about God’s longing. She says “God longs for the place he has chosen as a dwelling for his Name.” My favorite quote in the book is “If peace is a state of harmony, if it is a kind of wholeness or completeness, then we will never find it by running away from broken things and messy places.”
- Good Sam (5/5) – A great movie about some guy leaving tons of money on people’s door steps. It was very heart warming. It makes me realize there aren’t many movies that focus on kindness.
- Her Only Choice (5/5) – This movie is about a lady who gets breast cancer and pregnant with her first child at the same time. Doctor and husband encourages her to get an abortion so they can start treatment. She refuses to abort the baby. Check out the rest to see what happens. 🙂
You died recently. We had different views on Christian ethics. You were LGBTQ affirming in the church. You were egalitarian. You were a Democrat. You disagreed with and had somewhat resentment towards your evangelical upbringing. Despite our different views I always admired you. You taught me things about the Bible that I had never grasped before. You gave me new outlooks to certain bible passages ( like the proverbs 31 woman). I strangely miss your presence and voice even though I never have met you. You were always for radical inclusion. You taught me that I can learn from people of different faiths and people with different points of view. You challenged me in ways that I will never be able to fully comprehend. Your words were balm for me during difficult times. You are unforgettable and my heart hurts to see you leave this earth so soon. It is amazing how someone that I have never met in person had such an impact on me.