You guys, it’s DECEMBER. What in the what. How did this happen? Is it the 80 degree weather and palm trees, or is everyone feeling dumbstruck by December?
(Don’t hate because of the aforementioned weather and palm trees. There are also snakes and crazy drivers and everything is hard here. Really, everything. But that’s another post for another day.)
Christmas is my favorite time to stock up on great reads! I have some seriously generous people in my life, and the one gift I never feel guilty about receiving is a good book.
Here are a few of my favorites from 2015:
And a quote from each, because quotes are fun.
“The only response to our immeasurable loss is God’s immeasurable love.”
― Marcia Owens
“I don’t want my kids safe and comfortable. I want them BRAVE. I don’t want to teach them to see danger under every rock, avoiding anything hard or not guaranteed or risky. They are going to encounter a very broken world soon, and if they aren’t prepared to wade into difficult territory and contend for the kingdom against obstacles and tragedies and hardships, they are going to be terrible disciples.
I don’t want to be the reason my kids choose safety over courage. I hope I never hear them say, “Mom will freak out,” or “My parents will never agree to this.” May my fear not bind their purpose here. Scared moms raise scared kids. Brave moms raise brave kids. Real disciples raise real disciples.”
― Jen Hatmaker
“If we are going to be faithful witnesses to the message and mission of Jesus in vulnerable neighborhoods, we must expand our current paradigm of gospel-centered ministry to make certain that it puts the millions of people surviving on the fringes of our world at the center of our concern, because the margins are at the center of God’s concern.
― Noel Castellanos
“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”
― Gregory Boyle
“Ours is a God who waits. Who are we not to?”
― Gregory Boyle
“The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.”
― Michelle Alexander
“The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent—strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering. It has the power to heal the psychic harm and injuries that lead to aggression and violence, abuse of power, mass incarceration.”
― Bryan Stevenson
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