Tuesday, April 6, 2010

what i'm reading...

the truth is - at any given time i am typically reading a minimum of 3 or 4 books.  this is clearly a reflection of my innate disorganization (believe me...i work hard to combat this every day but it often feels like a losing battle).

at the moment i am 1/3 of the way through Crush It which i highly recommend for anyone who really wants to tap into social media to promote who you are or what you're doing.  i'm hoping that for me this will result in (1) a new and improved blog {please let me know if you have ideas for names...think - farm, adoption, golfer husband, family...all rolled into one} and (2) a brand new platform for promoting my non-profit organization BLOOM Project.

i also just started a book that my mom gave me - The House That Cleans Itself.  as my mother she knows all too well the innate disorganization that i mentioned earlier so she's hoping this will help.  sometimes when she arrives for a visit i think she holds her breath and prays that what is behind that door will not resemble the bedroom that i grew up in.  the one that always looked like a tornado had hit it.  the one that had a dozen projects 'in progress' laying on every surface.  the one that police thought had been ransacked by thieves when our house was robbed {but in reality looked exactly the way i had left it}.  the truth is my mother extends tremendous grace to me in this area and every other weakness i possess.  the book was meant to be helpful and encouraging.  i'm hopeful that it will be...the first page made reference to that scene in mary poppins where she snaps her fingers and the messy bedroom begins to clean itself...i'm hoping to learn that trick.

my 'main' book these days, however, is a little gem written by one of my favorite lovers of Jesus - Francis Chan.  the book is called Forgotten God and it is challenging my perspective on the holy spirit.  if you love francis chan you will love this new book.  if you have no idea who francis chan, but appreciate someone who is bold and relevant in their faith, you may still love this book.  i just soak up the urgency and authenticity that resonate in his words.  his manner of writing and speaking make you seriously consider how much deeper you can (and should) take your relationship with Christ.  i remember when joey and i heard francis speak at a conference last year...as we got up to leave i had tears streaming down my face...joey looked and me and said - 'i feel like a dirtball'...not the intended response of the speaker but ultimately joey and i both felt led to do more with our lives.

specifically, Forgotten God, is reinforcing one of my (what i call) 'life themes' right now. in many ways God is calling me to listen to and depend upon him more as i tap into the power of his holy spirit. i desire to be more in tune with his spirit that dwells in me and less distracted by the world around me.  i'm being called to put much more effort into the discipline of listening and setting myself up to hear from the living God himself {isn't it amazing to have that kind of accessibility to the creator of the universe through the holy spirit that lives IN US?!?}.  many more blog posts about this them to come.  for now i will leave you with this excerpt from the book...
And this is the question I just can't get around: If it's true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit's temple, then shouldn't there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?  
There is much more to God and following in the way of Jesus than getting a bunch of talented people together to hold a church service.