Books I Read This Month (May 2011)

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Okay first yes, I really did read all these books just this month. I was trying to read 13 in order to catch up to where I should be in my goal to read 100 books this year (since I didn’t decide on that goal until late March). Turns out that when I’m trying to read (and picking short books), I can just keep going…

The Magician’s NephewThe Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, of course!

Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace by Burk Parsons (good reminders)

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew (great Christian biography)

All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me by Jeff Dunham (funny and informative)

Bossypants by Tina Fey (very funny)

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield (don’t bother)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (classic for LOST Book Club)

When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley (surprisingly rare well done modern fiction)

Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery (delightful as always)

The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul (finally read this classic of the faith, and I’ll be reading it again)

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen (a good biography)

This Is a Book by Dimitri Martin (Very funny and until I read it I was unaware the man was A GENIUS)

The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel (give this one a big ol’ pass)

Familyhood by Paul Reiser (poignant and enjoyable)

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Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads to read my reviews and share your own books! I don’t think I’ll finish anything tonight but I’m already working on a few books that will be in next month’s list. 🙂

What’s Going On Right Now (5/26/11)

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  • “It was too much, really. It’s one thing to titillate progressive theatergoers with scenes of physical abuse and psychological torture and lines like “You’re f—ing f—ed.” But David Mamet had at last gone too far. He’d turned into a f—ing Republican.” Read this fantastic piece on converting David Mamet in the Weekly Standard.
  • I’ve often had to explain why I love LOST so much, and this post does a great job of getting at some of the reasons: The Six Year Journey to WTF?!
  • Did you know the USDA has finally revised their cooking temperature recommendations? You now officially only have to cook whole meat to 145 degrees. Finally I can quit explaining to my non-cooking friends why yes, it really is okay to eat pink pork. 🙂
  • There’s a lot of psychology in sales and marketing, and you need to stay alert, know how to bargain, when, and the real value of your finds. Here’s a great post on when a discount isn’t really a discount.
  • Fabs writes a great post on when saying less is saying more with advice from the great C. S. Lewis himself, who was a succinct, excellent and very prolific writer.
  • The Gospel Coalition blog had a great post on why nostalgia is no solution; in the recent batch of TV shows depicting the 50s and 60s, we must remember that while feminism has done damage, objectification of women wasn’t biblical either.
  • If you’re a new freelancer, Jennette Fulda has pulled together some information and resources from her research as she’s tried to find post-COBRA coverage with a chronic health condition. It’s a good place to kick off your own search and save a little bit of time!

What’s Going On Right Now (5/20/11)

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Tim Challies writes about date nights and devotions:

But what if we are missing the point? What if the point of devotions is less about learning about God and more about spending time with God? What if it’s less about Bible study and more about building relational intimacy? What would change about our devotions if instead of trying to learn about God, we focused instead on spending time with God, time spent hearing from him through his Word and speaking to him through prayer?

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Amazon is now selling more Kindle books than print books… hardcover and paperback combined!

For all you photography lovers, here’s the history of Nikon’s first digital camera (in 1988!).

“Even Thor has grown richer through acquaintance with Jesus,” writes Lars Walker in his review of the film.

You’ve already heard the world is ending tomorrow, but have you heard Vladimir Putin is St. Paul? This has been an episode of Really?! With Seth And Amy. 🙂

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides comes out today!

What’s Going On Right Now (5/16/11)

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(Moving from spring images to summer ones… I don’t know about where you are, but it was 97 degrees here last week!)

Speaking of, John Piper reminds us to think rightly about summer.

“You are immortal until your work is done” has always been one of my favorite maxims on the sovereignty of God. Fabs writes about famous Christian last words.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Ann Voskamp’s bestseller One Thousand Gifts (and some of the controversy that surrounds it). This review about its romantic panentheism is the best and most comprehensive I’ve read. (Found through Everyday Mommy’s blog, where she’s also conducted some great biblical discussion of the book.)

Tim Challies is resurrecting Reading Classics Together, and in June we’ll begin Christianity and Liberalism {Amazon Affiliate link}. Looking forward to it!

It was with sadness last week that I read Presbyterians (PCUSA) have removed celibacy as a requirement for single pastors. I wonder how they think “submitting joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life” allows for this. More here, like “Those attempts to invent new morality look for me like attempts to invent a new religion — a sort of modern paganism.”

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Seth Godin talks about the future of libraries. I agree–mostly– and think the Orange County Library System is doing a great job moving forward. I sure hope they keep all those “dead books”, though!

Continuing a thread of recent posts, over on Front Porch Republic Mark Mitchell writes about the attributes of a gentleman. I hadn’t thought about it before, but among several interesting points he notes that the concept of a gentleman only appears in Christian societies. (That makes sense.)

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I’m looking forward to a week where I can reset my clock a little bit and gather my scattered thoughts. The weekend, Lord willing, brings in sweet time with friends and a beautiful violin recital at Saint Andrew’s.

What I’ve been cooking lately

This post has been a long time coming; partly because I’ve not been cooking every night but mostly because I’ve been in a rut and what I have been cooking you’ve already seen! I took some time to peruse Tasty Kitchen and now have several weeks’ worth of new recipes to try! Those are coming soon. 🙂

Let’s see…

Bekka and I enjoyed mini cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze, inspired by these Itty Bitty Cinnamon Roll Bites

Sarah Fowler - mini cinnamon rolls

Easter went by without any special food. It was a great day in other ways. There were jelly beans, though!

Sarah Fowler - jelly beans

I made a cheesecake for Mother’s Day, which I should have taken a better picture of! It had a graham cracker crust and I wound up topping it with chocolate ganache.

Sarah Fowler - cheesecake

I made chicken with white wine cream sauce a while back

Sarah Fowler - chicken with white wine cream sauce

One Friday night I made roasted pork loin with balsamic vinaigrette

Sarah Fowler - roasted pork loin with balsamic vinaigrette

and popovers, which were delicious.

Sarah Fowler - popovers

Then for the Kentucky Derby last weekend Kate and I made mint juleps, of course!

Sarah Fowler - mint julep

What’s Going On Right Now (5/5/11)

 

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Today is the National Day of Prayer, with the theme A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

The new classic A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller {Amazon Affiliate link} is available on Kindle for a limited time for free!

Tim Challies is restarting his Reading Classics Together book club on his blog. If you’d like to be involved and have a Christian classic you’ve always meant to read (or one worth reading again), make sure to suggest it in the comments on his post.

It’s recently been announced that the C. S. Lewis classic The Great Divorce will be made into a film.

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My mom is featured as a homeschooling success story on the FPEA website! 🙂

Did you see friends posting the quote “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy” attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. after the death of Bin Laden? Dr. King never said that, as explained in this article on the anatomy of a fake quotation.

My friend Kate and I went to see Atlas Shrugged on Friday, and were amazed we’d seen the same movie as the critics lambasting it. Really. Go see it.

If you weren’t at the George McPhee organ concert on Sunday you missed something really special. All the concerts in the Fine Arts at Saint Andrew’s series have been spectacular. You won’t want to miss any more, so mark these dates on your calendar for the rest of 2011 (and Like us on Facebook while you’re at it)!

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Finally, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If that takes you by surprise, why not give Mom an Amazon gift card? {Amazon Affiliate link} Let’s face it: you’re running out of time!