When I put the Good Reads list together, I’m usually not thinking in terms of themes. Looking at the list today, and especially the prose listings, I see a theme – about suffering, failure, rejection, and trying to find what truly matters in this world.
My online friend Justinian is back with a post, after a long sabbatical. I am glad to see him. And my online friend J of India takes wonderful photographs – enough to convince me that one day I need to visit his country.
And Monica Sharman posted a poem this week about the fires in Colorado – and she speaks from personal experience, because she and her family were forced to evacuate their home near Colorado Springs. Keep them and the thousands of others affected in your prayers.
“Discovering God in the Land of Suffering” by Anita Mathias at Dreaming Beneath the Spires.
“After I Failed – A Love Story” by Cassandra Frear at Moonboat Café.
“Willing to Begin” by L.L. Barkat at Seedlings in Stone.
“One Personal Step in Making Our Faith Relevant Again” by Chris Peek at Trail Reflections.
“The Miracle of Being Alive” by Jennifer Dukes-Lee at Getting Down with Jesus.
“The Great Matter: Rejection” by Chris Galford at The Waking Den.
“The High Calling of a Hair Cutter” by Megan Willome.
“Sparkling Pink Unicorns” by Amada Hill at Hill + Pen.
“Authentic Identity – Part 1” by Justinian at Codex Justinianus.
“The more things change” by Billy Coffey at What I Learned Today.
“A breath of fresh Ares, “Bright June” and “Rainbows with no end” by Brian Miller at WayStationOne .
“Edge of Nature” by Martin Duggan.
“Tough Guy” by Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
“Nontsizi Mgqwetho” by D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
“The Heat Wave” by Chris Yokel.
“Like the Sequoias (What Fire Can Do)” by Monica Sharman at Know-Love-Obey God.
“Synonym” by B.K. McKenzie at Signed…BKM.
Paintings and Photographs
“New Moon – Walking Rain,” watermedia collage on Yupo by Randall David Tipton at Painter’s Process.
“Veena Studies” by J of India at Neither Use Nor Ornament.
“I’m Farming and I Grow It” by the Peterson Brothers, via A Scot Across the Pond.
Photograph: Red Fireworks by Petr Kratochvil via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.