I'm still reading Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry with the followers of Michele Morin’s Living our Days blog at https://michelemorin.wordpress.com We're at it every Thursday. See my About page above for the reading schedule and join us, or just come along for the conversation ( : This week, having returned home to the people who knew him when he was 10, … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapter 9-11
I am continuing this week the reading of Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry in conjunction with the followers of Michele Morin's Living our Days blog at https://michelemorin.wordpress.com Each Thursday we talk about a few more chapters together. Check out my About page above for the reading schedule and join us, or just come along … Continue reading Jayber Crow, Chapters 7-8
Jayber's growing up years are concluded in these chapters with a handful of poignant observations and conversation, just enough to show us the 'stuff' that shaped the thinking of the man who records his life on Berry's pages. Even if you're not reading along with us at Michele's Living our Days blog, I hope you'll … Continue reading Jayber Crow–chapters 4-6
I am reading Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry with the folks who gather around Michele Morin at Living Our Days. See my ABOUT page for the reading schedule and come along to enjoy this folksy tale. This week (September 7, 2017) we're talking about Chapters 1-3. The following are bits and pieces I found savory … Continue reading Jayber Crow–chapter 1-3
Good writing comes when we risk not knowing what we're doing--struggling, surprising ourselves, thinking through something that makes us uncomfortable.... What makes a story good is that--even if we don't understand what we're doing as we write--what happens in it corresponds in some way to what's most intense in us. We may invent the people and actions, … Continue reading Good Writing takes risk
All I can do, as far as activism is concerned, is to write daily, read as much as possible, and keep my vocabulary alive and changing so that I will have an instrument on which to play the book if it does me the honor of coming to me and asking to be written... --Madeleine … Continue reading All I can do…
Three Dollars Worth of God I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man or … Continue reading What’s God worth to You?
Pray until you pray. This is Puritan advice. It does not simply mean that persistence should mark much of our praying—though admittedly that is a point the Scriptures repeatedly make. Even though he was praying in line with God’s promises, Elijah prayed for rain seven times before the first cloud appeared in the heavens. . … Continue reading Prayer pointers…
We have come to the next-to-last chapter in John Owen's book: Overcoming Sin and Temptation (originally titled: Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers) The thrust of this chapter is a warning not to deceive ourselves that all is well in our fellowship with God when it is not! Owen puts it this way: "Do … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 13–When God Speaks…
If we ever mean to overcome personal sin, Owen says next that we must load our consciences with the guilt of it. We do this by looking at the holy law of God in comparison to our own inability to keep it. And lest we protest that we are no longer under the law's condemnation, Owen … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 11–Bring on the Guilt!