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The Redeemer (Harry Hole, #6) By Jo Nesbo
Two Nesbo audiobooks in one month is a good month in my reading/listening mind. This one I enjoyed, but struggled a little with because of the fact that I've read/listened to subsequent books in the Harry Hole series (note to self really best to start at the beginning and go forward). The story was still well written and for some reason listening to this book made me feel that the writing was even more graphic with this Harry Hole story. Great mystery, great story line, and interesting characters- surprised me at the end- another win for Jo Nesbo.
Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored by Borg, Marcus J.
This was a our book read for Lent at my Lutheran Church. I found it an interesting read and it helped me better understand certain Christian terms/words and how people can really flub up something like talking about religion and being Christian. It also reminded me of how little some of us talk about our own religious experiences and if we don't talk about those experiences how will others hear about the great things (experiences, support, feelings) that can come out of religion and being Christian if all we normally hear about is the negatives of religion and Christianity. Here are a few quotes that really hit me hard or made me stop to question when reading this book.
pg 26 "But literalism is not only a public relations problem that needs to be addressed for the sake of outsiders. It also very much affects insiders; for Christians, it narrows, reduces, flattens, and ultimately distorts the meanings of the Bible and Christianity." (totally agree with this, literalism was why I was turned off to reading the Bible for so long).
pg 45 "salvation as deliverance and rescue".
pg 68 "When someone says to me, 'I don't believe in God', I always respond' Tell me about the God you don't believe in' ".
pg 79 "Fear-based religion, fear-based individual behavior, and fear-based politics most often go together".
pg 100 "What if Christianity and salvation are really about transformation- the transformation of ourselves and the world?"
pg 155 "Grace means that God's live is a given".
pg 173 "many of us know people of other religions and also know that all religions, including Christianity, are particular historical responses to the experience of God, the sacred, in the cultures in which hey originated. How then, can any one of them truthfully proclaim itself to be 'the only way' ?"
This book produced some great discussion, questions, and helped people talk about their religious experiences.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I had bought this book awhile ago, started it, and then set it down and got caught up in other reads. So finally I finished it this month and I found it filed with some really great words. Here are a few...
pg 2 "Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen."
pg 33 " To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness".
pg 34 "Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity."
pg 35 "If we want to reclaim the essential emotional part of our lives and reignite our passion and purpose, we have to learn how to own and engage with our vulnerability and how to feel the emotions that come with it."
pg 45 "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
pg 40 "Only when we're brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light".
pg 137 "If we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won't catch up with us."
pg 197 " Today's organization are so metric-focused in their evaluation of performance that giving, receiving, and soliciting valuable feedback ironically has become rare."
pg 198 "We just need to learn how to give feedback in a way that inspires growth and engagement."
pg 214 "Are you the adult you want your child to grow up to be?"
pg 219 " if we want our children to love and accept who they are, our job is to love and accept who we are."
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed