Showing posts from April, 2018

When Winter Ends

Two weeks ago we had snow in the Ozarks, drifting into the road on the Sunday morning drive to church, catching in my hair as I darted into the big red doors.

Today, the windchimes sing in the warm breeze that dances into my open window. The irises are budding, ready to bloom. Dogwood and redbud color the woods. Northern Orioles taste the orange slices I strung up to bring them close enough to watch in wonder.

Spring has finally come after the never-ending winter.

As the sun’s warmth soaks the earth, I keep finding excuses to be outside, to drink up the light and heat. I have always hated winter, and this winter I have hated in particular. I resent the long dark nights, the forced days inside, the waiting for unseen processes. I want green shimmering leaves and fresh tomatoes in the garden. I want lingering evenings speckled with fireflies.

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend discuss seasons of personal growth in their book “God Will Make a Way.” Like seasons of the earth, seasons o…

Goodreads Book Review: DeYoung's "Glittering Vices"

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read about this book on Scot McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed, about four years ago. Intrigued, I ordered a copy, which I promptly placed in a stack of books I was meaning to read.

A couple false starts later, I began to make real progress through "Glittering Vices" about a year ago, and finally turned the last page this afternoon. It's not a long book, but it was a crazy year, and since each chapter can almost stand alone, it was an easy title to pick up and put down as time allowed.

Having spent most of my life firmly within the Evangelical camp, I had only the most rudimentary understanding of the seven deadly sins prior to reading DeYoung. For this reason, I especially appreciated how thorough and accessible her treatment of the vices is throughout her book. She references both church fathers and popular movies, linking historic wisdo…