As a follow up to my last post, I feel the need to inform you that after I left you full of optimism and ready for a good night’s sleep that the inevitable happened. Meaning, the dog had diarrhea in the middle of the night. At 3:30 a.m. to be precise, which means that 4 a.m. found me standing in the front lawn with a garden hose spraying down the bottom tray of his crate, wearing a mission trip T-shirt from high school and flannel moose boxer shorts. You would think that 4 a.m. would be a lonely time to be on one’s front lawn, but the flashing lights and the faint beeping sound of a truck being unlocked let me know that my neighbor was also up and needing to retrieve something from his truck. I nodded my head and I’m sure he responded in some way, but who knows in the darkness of 4 a.m. Needless to say, May Lee and I did not make it to early service this morning.
Now moving on to more pleasant topics: books. I am one of those people that has several books going at one time. However, I am not Rory Gilmore with a book going from every genre and sub-genre. I haven’t reached that level of insanity yet, but I still have time. These are the books I have recently finished:
Without Rival by Lisa Bevere. Awesome, awesome book about the trap of comparison. Lisa’s books are always so powerful that I have to read them in small chunks. The wisdom in her books is heavy and must be digested slowly! I highly recommend this book if you are in need of a dose of empowerment and self-worth.
Aunt Erma’s Cope Book by Erma Bombeck, which I actually started reading during our vacation to the beach at the end of June. This book started out as my light, fun beach reading and has consistently been my source of humor to balance out some of the heavier reading I’ve been doing. It is hilarious! Her wit is so sharp and the way she uses words is simply brilliant. I am a fan for life, which I’m sure makes my Nana up in heaven just as pleased as punch. She had an Erma Bombeck calendar with humorous quotes for each day, and she would bring the ones she found the funniest to my mom. I always made sure to get in on that action and read the latest Erma Bombeck offerings. Even as I teenager, I found them hilarious. As an adult, I intend to stock my library with Erma Bombeck.
Dibs in Search of Self by Virginia Axline is an awesome book about the power of play therapy, but it reads like a novel. I believe anyone who enjoys a story about an underdog overcoming the many odds stacked against him would love this book. This book was assigned to be as part of my play therapy graduate class, but it has found a place in my heart as one of my favorite stories.
With those books completed, I have a new stack of 3 books that I am working my way through:
Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond by Terry Kottman is my textbook for my play therapy class. It is my favorite textbook, and I actually read every word. Maybe that is why I am behind in my class, but the author has a very similar therapy style to my own, so I’m deeply invested in soaking up all of her wisdom. I see my self referring to this book over the course of my career.
Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere. I’ve actually read this book before, but I’ve started to read it again for a Bible study I’m attending. I have a habit of writing my responses in books like this, so the pages are already filled with black ink. For this read, I have switched to blue ink, and it’s fascinating to see what my reactions through this read. This book offers such a great perspective on Christ’s call to women and how woman are empowered to carry out their God-given missions on this earth.
The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown. This book gives me borderline personality disorder: I love it. I hate it. I love to hate it. I feel like Brene has been spying on me or reading my journal and is CALLING ME OUT ON EVERY PAGE! This book is really like going to a therapy session, and all humor aside, I’m gaining a great deal of insight into myself, why I do the things I do, and where to begin making some much needed changes.
The final piece of my literary routine is this:
This is where my source of inspiration begins: with daily reading in the Bible. Again, I read it in small chunks and digest it slowly. I journal to work it all out in my head, and should I have a flash of inspiration or have an idea that I think God wants me to explore, it goes in my book of ideas and intentions. I’m actually surprised when I look through my book of ideas to realize that I’ve done many of the things that I’ve written in its pages.
So that is a glimpse into my creative routine and what I’m reading. What do you do? What are you reading?