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.

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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.

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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

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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?