Remarkable Reads Roundup 1

remarkable roundup, crayon drawing people next to one anotherToday, I am leaving you with my first remarkable reads roundup — some of my favorite content. I have focused on blogs this week. Next week I’ll focus on Facebook pages and groups! This is a feature about which I am really excited because I am blessed to know so many incredibly talented content creators including authors, coaches, artists, pastors and more. I hope you’ll read and enjoy!

Anita Ojeda gives a great review of Bob Goff’s Everybody Always in her post “Everybody Needs To Read Everybody Always.” Anita’s a fantastic book reviewer in that she makes her review personal. Here are a couple of sentences that cause me to really love and trust her honest reviews: “Another truth punched me in the solar plexus of my brain (sometimes, we need that kind of a jolt),” and “I confess that I struggle with closet legalism.” Most bloggers who do book reviews are not nearly so honest. Read Anita’s review and then go buy the book. I am!

Joe Ketchen is my husband. Just telling you that right off the bat. He started blogging in March about faith matters. While I was on the phone talking with my little sister, hearing that she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, he started typing furiously. The product of his typing was “Life’s Uncertainties,” in which he discusses faith and reliance on the truth of God’s character in the storms of life. I’d encourage you to read this post and then to follow it up with his testimony. He’s my guy but I’d consider his testimony honest and brave even if I didn’t know him. More importantly, I’d want what he has – a relationship with Jesus.

Karen Sebastian is a widow who is the author of the Hopegrams blog. In her recent Five-Minute Friday post, she wrote on the word “secret,” which was the prompt. The idea is to write for five minutes on that topic. In “Secret,” Karen uses Psalm 32:7 as the basis for her post and goes from losing her husband – a moment with which so many of us are familiar – to joy. Karen has a special gift of encouraging others in hope. I hope “Secret,” will touch you as it did me. Set aside a few minutes and have your favorite beverage handy. I think you’ll want to spend some time on her blog.

Barbara Harper’s “Caregiver Resentment,” hit me in my gut. HARD. I lived it as I was my late husband’s sole caregiver during a time in which I was still raising school-age kids. I got a little bit lost in the resentment sometimes. Barbara does not let the very natural feeling of resentment overcome her. In “Caregiver Resentment,” she writes about caregiving from a Biblical perspective, using specific verses to back her thoughts, and recognizing that caregiving can be a sanctifying experience. At some point in life, many of us will find ourselves acting as caregiver to aging parents or ailing kids or a sick/dying spouse. I wish I could have read this about 15 years ago.

My friend, Teresa Bruce, is a widow and she is a sister of my heart. She writes on grief, with an emphasis on what to say and not say to the bereaved, on her blog “What To Say When Someone Dies.” She is a published writer with a gift for touching the heart. I’d love to call attention to her Easter post which is about gratitude, grief, ambivalence, and faith. When I read, “Grieving is a complicated business. For some, faith simplifies the process — but not always, ” I cried at the truth of her words. Grief touches us all. Teresa helps us to know how to help others in those times.

3 thoughts on “Remarkable Reads Roundup 1

  1. Thank you for including me in your roundup, Shelby! I’m so sorry to hear about your sister’s diagnosis. I’ll be praying for her and for you as you walk through this with her.

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