Sabbatical Books (and a Song)

04. November 2016 Books, Songs 0

Like I said in my last post, I’m on sabbatical. It’s a 6-week season of rest and reflection after 15 years at my church. Most people that find out I’m on sabbatical ask two things, 1) how’s it going? and 2) how can they get one?

I can’t answer the second question, but the first one is easy: It’s going great. Every day, I take my kids to school, then go to The Empty Cup, where I read until 2pm.

And I’ve read some really good books.

One was G.K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man, which I read because C.S. Lewis said it was the best popular apologetic he knew.

Another was C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, “a myth retold”. It didn’t have an obvious Christ figure like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I appreciated for some reason unknown to me.

Earlier in my sabbatical I read Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. (Her TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is a good 20 minute summary of the book.)

Delighting in the Trinity by Micheal Reeves was truly delightful – full of wit and wisdom. Worth reading a few times, for sure.

John Jefferson Davis’ Meditation and Communion with God is also worth reading through again.

Apart from that, I’ve memorized Psalm 1 with my son (see him read it), and we’re currently working on Psalm 100.

But while I’ve been away, the #1 thing I miss most is the joyful time of worshiping at Cedar Springs. So I ask our Audio Visual guru, Stephen Ballast, to send me some videos.

Today he refreshed my soul with this:


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