I’m so glad winter is almost over. I used to have this fantasy of living somewhere with actual seasons, but this last week of Texas ice has done me in. It’s time to face facts: I am a winter wimp. Those of you living in Boston and North Dakota and Alaska and places where there is real live snow on the ground that lasts months, I salute you.
And I’m really glad it’s going to be 60 degrees here next weekend.
Here’s some things I’m loving right now:
How to Catch a Prince is the third book in Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series, and it’s my favorite of the three. I know the princess story thing can feel a little overdone, but Hauck puts a wonderfully fresh spin on it. One of the things I enjoy about Rachel’s books is that she always includes a touch of the supernatural. Not supernatural as in werewolves and vampires, but supernatural as in God breaking into our normal and transforming it with heaven’s glory. Corina and Stephen are real, relatable characters who will challenge you to love well. If you’re looking for a sweet romance with spiritual depth, this is a great choice.
Lizzy & Jane is another Christian fiction book I enjoyed. When I first picked it up, I thought this was going to be another Pride and Prejudice retelling. It’s not. Though Austen references figure heavily in the book, Lizzy and Jane isn’t just another contemporary rehashing of Elizabeth and Darcy’s romance. There’s some romance, but it’s really a book about two sisters finding, forgiving, and learning to love each other again. It’s an enjoyable read but it also has spiritual depth to it and kept me turning pages.
This is one I’m excited about. A while back I contributed to a children’s anti-trafficking curriculum developed by FAAST International. Change Agents is a 7 week anti-trafficking curriculum for children ages 8-13 designed to help educate children and their families about human trafficking, help prevent children from becoming victims, and empower children and their families to make a difference. It’s a heavy topic and I know it may seem awkward to talk about these subjects with your preteens. But here’s the deal: traffickers prefer to target children below the age of 14. Waiting until they’re older may be too late. The goal of Change Agents is to help children develop a healthy understanding of how much God loves and values them so that they will be less likely to become victims. This is an important resource and I’d encourage you to check it out. Change Agents will be available March 9, 2015.
I really liked these Bible journaling tabs from The Littlest Way. If you did this over the course of a year, I think it would be a great tool for looking back at the end of the year and tracing how God has spoken to you throughout the year.
4 Keys to Evangelism in Honor-Shame Cultures. It’s always interesting to me how our culture impacts how we hear and respond to the gospel. This is the first installment of a three-part series Ed Stetzer is hosting on his blog about the spread of the gospel in honor-shame cultures. Check it out.
My top posts from last month:
And so it’s your turn. What are you loving this month? What are you reading, singing, listening to? What’s caught your attention? Share with us in the comments!
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