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Addicted to Me

Having just read the book Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Do I want social justice for the oppressed, or do I just want to be known as a socially active person? I spend 95 percent of my time thinking about myself anyway. . . . The overwhelming majority of time I spend thinking about myself, pleasing myself, reassuring myself, and when I done there is nothing to spare for the needy. Six billion people live in this world, and I can only muster thoughts for one. Me."

Book List

I have quite a few books on my reading "wish list" for this year. . . so far about 20 nonfiction titles. I am sure the fiction side of my reading will be mostly young adult literature, and will be guided by the GA Peach Book Winners for Teen Readers that will be announced in April.

It always takes me longer to get through nonfiction books, but I am determined to read more than just YA lit this year! Currently I am reading two nonfiction books: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.

I am currently reading a YA book entitled Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It is a Southern gothic novel - very unique for a YA book, but will pull in fantasy readers. I am very much expecting for this book to be on the Georgia Peach Book Award list for this coming year.

While I'm talking about books, my FAVORITE nonfiction book from last year was a memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Three Little W…

A journey through the Psalms

This year I have decided (after seeing this blog from Northland) to write out a chapter of the Bible each day. I am starting with Psalms, which will take me about half the year. Then I will move on to Proverbs and James. Depending on how many days I miss, that should take me through the fall, I am guessing. After that, I don't know where I will go.

I am writing from The Message Bible, and it provides an interesting spin on the psalms in particular. I find that it is providing a new light on some familiar passages, and so far, I have enjoyed this exercise. I will share any particularly moving passages, along with any deep thoughts - if I have any!

A relevant passage from the Message

Why is everyone hungry for more? "More, more," they say. "More, more." I have God's more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees.
(from Psalm 4, The Message)
What a timely message!

A whole lot more of less

My word for 2010 is LESS . . . I want to acquire less, waste less (things and time), complain less, spend less, watch less TV, and probably a whole lot more less of other things.

With all that less, I am hoping to enjoy life more, give more, spend more time with the ones I love, study more (particularly the Bible and Spanish), and concentrate more on my hobbies (reading and scrapbooking).

That is my New Year's Resolution in a nutshell . . . we'll see how it goes.

Greed versus Prosperity

Okay, so maybe I should have titled my last blog, "Say No to Greed" - - I do not believe that prosperity is the problem, it is what one chooses to do with prosperity that is the problem. If God has blessed you, and you are simply using that blessing to live well, that is a problem. God blesses us so that we can bless others.

I do pray for God to bless me in 2010, but not for my own greedy purposes, but so I can bless others and help them to become prosperous.

Not that greed isn't a problem for me. . . I can easily slip into a materialistic mindset if I let myself, and THAT is what I want to say no to in 2010 . . . just a slight change in semantics.

Saying No to Prosperity

James 5:1-6 (The Message)

And a final word to you arrogant rich: Take some lessons in lament. You'll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you. Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you've piled up is judgment. All the workers you've exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. You've looted the earth and lived it up. But all you'll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. In fact, what you've done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.

I have been reading these verses over the past few days, and I am beginning to wonder. . . am I the arrogant rich spoken of? By American standards I am by no means rich - hardly even middle class, but when I compare myself to the rest of the wo…