1. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
I am great at starting books, not so great at finishing them. But in the last three years, this book, by Mark Batterson, is one of the few that I not only finished but would actually read again. Part of the reason I try to be honest about my junk on this site is because of his approach to mistakes. I won’t do it justice here in a snippet, but I was really challenged by one of his ideas, “Your ability to help others heal is limited to where you’ve been wounded … No one rolls out the red carpet and invites tragedy into their life, but our greatest gifts and passions are often the byproduct of our worst tragedies and failures.”
Granted, it has one of the longest book names in Christian book history, clocking in with 18 words in the official title, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive when Opportunity Roars.” But I really liked it. Check out lion pit
2. Burnside Writers Collective
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, started this website. I am tempted to Jerry Maguire this and just say, “You had me at Donald Miller, you had me at Donald Miller.” But I’ll resist the temptation. Burnside Writers Collective is “an online magazine presenting an alternative to franchise faith.” That means you’ll find everything from fresh essays on deep spiritual issues to reviews of the new album from Weezer on this very cool site.
3. Be Still My Heart – by State of Man
Sometimes, when I am jogging, I write soundtracks to my mistakes and my eventual Rocky-like return from them. (I know, I’m a dork.) My new favorite song for those moments is by State of Man, a band out of Atlanta. It’s called, “be still my heart.” Here is an excerpt of the lyrics and a video of them performing it.
I want you to know, I have fallen on my own, I have failed to be all the things you need.
I want you to see, I’ll get back eventually. There’s just someone I’ve forgotten to be.