The Saturdaily: Seth's List

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I'm rebranding my Sunday List to "The Saturdaily: Seth's List," a weekly roundup of good writing, reading, and listening. Starting this week, Amber and I are posting our weekly recap on Saturday mornings. Make sure you check out Amber's Saturdaily list here.

Kimberly Conway Ireton writes a bit about creating a literary culture. In it, she shares some favorite sentences from her literary week. I've always enjoyed folks with a knack for recognizing a good turn of phrase. Kimberly certainly delivers in her post "A Literary Life." (As an aside, I certainly agree--stop whining, start contributing.)

Speaking of good sentences, Dave Malone composes a dandy in his post for Tweetspeak Poetry, "The Silence and Violence of Rain." Writing of Ozarkan folk forecasting, crescent moons, katy-dids, and town-square banter,  Malone drops this dandy on us: "On the long, bone-white slab in front of my town’s post office, it’s too hot for even our chattiest of local raconteurs to share stories." Perhaps I'm partial as a native to the region, but Dave's piece is worth a read.

My college roommate swore he was a pacifist, and I looked at him wonky and say, "whaaa?" He was the first pacifist I'd met, had been raised on a steady diet of early Church of Christ writings on the subject. I've been fascinated with the arguments on either side ever since. This week, Emily Wierenga writes, "On Why I don't Know if I'm a Paciffist." Of cultural contradictions, she writes:

"A person I know says he’s a pacifist. He, the grandson of a man who fought in World War 2, and of another who fought in the navy, says that if someone were to threaten his family, he would not defend them

He says this and then he buys Modern Warfare 2. He says this and then he blows people’s heads off, virtually."

It shouldn't surprise me that Emily ponders the hard stuff. Good work, Emily.

I always love Harper's weekly review. It's everything you need to know about the happenings of the world, all in three simple paragraphs. This week's review includes a "golden," laugh out loud sentence. I'll let you find it. And you can subscribe to the review here.

Yesterday I ran across this video by Zach Williams and the Bellow. Wow.

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Zach Williams and the Bellow - TEACH ME TO KNOW from SerialBox Presents on Vimeo.

Want to talk more about good writing? Jump over to Amber's blog this morning for her "The Saturdaily: Amber's List."

The Sunday List ~ On Prayer and Voice

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Sunday is a good day to slow down and take in a few words. What did you read this week? Here's my Sunday List.


This last month has been an exercise in prayer, and not like you'd think. It's been an exercise in receiving prayer, in finding comfort in the intercession of others. In that, I've realized that I'm a poor intercessor, perhaps too self-centered. Then I read Kimberly Conway Ireton's practical approach to intercession. Have you considered a prayer window? I'm starting one soon at my own house.

I love the folks at A Deeper Story, and I reckon I should; I'm one of them. I particularly enjoy the honesty each of the story tellers brings to the table. But every now and then, someone throws down a game-changing piece. Read Mandy Steward's piece about the mirage of god. If you don't learn a thing or two about the importance of a writer's personal voice, I'll give you two bucks.

And speaking of voice, I've been working with the folks at Tweetspeak Poetry. A few weeks back, I had the best conversations with L.L. Barkat (Tweetspeak Queen) about personal and authentic voice. I love Ann Voskamp, John Blase, Preston Yancey and the like, but I ain't them. My voice is different. Sometimes it's a struggle not to closely emulate those you admire most... eh? All of that aside, if you want to learn a thing or two about good writing, head on over to Tweetsspeak. Tweetspeak's Top 10 Poetic Picks is always a good place to start.

Finally, I've been reading a lot of Micha Boyett, Mason Slater, Haley Cloyd, John Blase, Lore Ferguson and others. Yes there's a reason, but I can't tell you why just yet (all in due time). In any event, I'd recommend you start reading these folks, if'n you ain't already.

Now it's your turn. What are you reading these days? Blog posts? Magazine Articles? Books? Lay it on us!

The Sunday List~What to Read in a Drought

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Sunday is a good day to slow down and take in a few words. What did you read this week? Here's my Sunday List.


This morning I am in a cold hospital room with my wife and youngest son (background at Amber's). It's 7:00. The sun is rising out the window and I can see it's reflection against the building across the alley. There are moments of clarity in the quiet. John Blase jump-started one with this piece

Ann Voskamp discusses prayer and hope in dry days. She writes:

A man can watch the sky like a plea. “And we didn’t get nothing — not one drop.”

I've been watching the sky like a plea, and I feel like we're seeing clouds accumulate. Maybe there's water up there. Ann puts words to our position, and she does it well.

Speaking of prayer, I've been thinking of C.S. Lewis' grand (if not too short) essay, "The Efficacy of Prayer." His conclusion may be surprising, and it might help make clear some of Voskamp's message. See supra. You can find his conclusion here.

I'm still finishing the July Harper's. That's all I'll say about that. If'n you ain't got it yet, go and git it.

On the book front, a dear friend came to visit yesterday bearing gifts. Among those gifts was Wendell Berry's Andy Catlett, Early Travels. Amber and I have been reading it out loud. We've laughed. David Jackson, you are a good man. You know our flavors


Thank all of you for continuing to pray for Titus. You are a grand and colourful lot of people. And, by the way, that "u" is for a few of my Canadian friends who continue to pray for us. I'll root for your folks in the Olympics.

Now, what are you reading this weekend?

The Sunday List ~ David, Bathsheba, and a Chinese Welder.

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Sundays are a good day to slow down and take in a few words. What did you read this week? Here's my Sunday List.


This week, John Blase, Mason Slater, and I all wrote a piece that reference David and Bathsheba. Each of us use the story for a different purpose. I suppose that proves the power of narrative. It meets the reader where he is.

Amber wrote this week about silence and listening prayer. She needs a "Messianic fix," she says. This is a good and honest piece. I hope you'll share your thoughts.

I've always liked Brian Hirschy's photography. It's simple, clean, and often leaves me walking away saying "how did he do that?" I love his photograph of the welder.

Have you read Erika's "plus one" piece at Deeper Story. It's a good story, an encouraging one, a challenging one. Thanks, Erika.

In the way of books, I've been replowing old ground. The Furious Longing of God was one of my favorites when I read it a few years back. I picked it up again this week and guess what... it's still good.

"...I am confident that God will raise up other unbalanced, unsound, and crazy writers to cry with me the French Easter liturgy:

L'amour de Dieu est folie!

L'amour de Dieu est folie!

(The love of God is folly!)"

Grab a copy this week and send me your thoughts. I'd love to hear your take.


Now it's your turn. What have you read (or written) that's worth sharing this weekend? Books, blog posts, magazine articles, it's all fair game. Come on; let's build a reading list.