One of the most challenging parts of giving up social media for Lent is not being able to share the good things I read, watch or listen to with others. I love learning new things and I love sharing that information almost as much. Somewhere along the way in February I decided I would start doing favorite posts each week to share the things I’ve loved, but then here we are about four weeks into Lent and I have yet to post any favorites. So, for now, even though it’s March 2nd, here are my favorites from February. Maybe if you’re lucky (or not, depending on your perspective), I’ll start doing this more regularly! The plan is to break them down into arbitrary categories, that will likely change post to post, but it is my blog!
Life changing seems strongly worded, but it’s truth!
- Anything by Jennie Allen
I started reading this book in the fall but finished it recently. I haven’t put it back on the bookshelf because I’m still mulling over the wisdom and the way it has challenged the way I see life and the decisions I make.
- Gregg Doyel Interview on the Matt Jones Podcast
Some people may think I’m only recommending this podcast because I have a crush on KSR’s Matt Jones (I mean he is dreamy and intelligent after all), but this episode is incredible. Gregg Doyel is like an open book, sharing about his life and struggles with depression, passive suicidal ideation and general unhappiness. I have it saved to go back and listen when I’m not driving to work so I can write down some of the brilliant and wise statements he makes. It’s a must listen. With the risk of sounding like a fan girl, I love the rest of Matt’s podcast, although I wouldn’t categorize it as life changing (commute and gym routine changing, sure). It’s not just about sports, there’s a lot of great stuff about the presidential race and I feel more informed then when I used to watch 24-hour news channels.
I used to think that I might want to be involved in politics when I was younger, but this election cycle has me losing all hope in the general intelligence of Americans. With my home state heading into a Republican Caucus this weekend, are a few political posts I’ve found insightful.
- “It’s Embarrassing to Be an Evangelical in This Election” This provides some interesting information about who really voted for Donald Trump in South Carolina. I wish it was shocking, but it doesn’t surprise me. If you think racism is a thing of the past, this shows otherwise.
- “A Trumptastic Timeline” Interesting timeline of the craziness of one of the front running candidate. I’d like to see these for more of the candidates but found this really interesting.
- The Moment of Truth: We Must Stop Trump: “Donald Trump has no respect for the basic rights that are the foundation of constitutional democracy, nor for the requirements of decency necessary to sustain democratic citizenship.” I’m just going to leave that there.
- The Death Penalty is a Pro-Life Issue Too: A great article about how Christians should not support the death penalty if they claim to be pro-life, for “the one who has any right to throw the stone has absolutely no desire.” Here’s another great one about how the death penalty doesn’t accomplish what people think it does (which I ironically first learned in a religion course at my baptist alma matar, thanks Dr. Skeen.)
- Our next president is set to be the first who is Hispanic, Jewish, female — or a Trump. Interesting perspective on the diversity of the presidential candidates, which is a refreshing thing to see. It’s likely that in my lifetime someone who looks like me will be president, which is crazy since it was just three generations of my family ago that women couldn’t even vote.
Other Life Related
- Apparently a toddler was convicted of murder in Egypt. Worse- the BABY has been sentenced to life in prison. Seriously, the world is crazy.
- Why We Need You to Show Up Before You Have it “All Figured Out: “Life constantly asks us to act only the cards we see.” I need to be better about not letting this truth terrify me.
- Why You Should Give Yourself a Little More Grace: I’m learning this lesson this year. It’s hard, but so freeing.
The other bad thing about no social media is I’m missing when others share good things. If you’ve read a good book, article or listened to a great podcast (they are my new favorite) let me know in the comments!