With all the visual and written media flying around these days, it can be hard to decide what to choose, what might be worth a little of our precious time. Behold! The Read::Watch::Listen::Follow link up! My friend Sheila hosts this every month, and the linked posts are chock full of great recommendations. Here are mine for this month.
READ: I’ve read some GREAT books over the last few weeks! I plan to post my “Books Read in November” list tomorrow, but today I want to give a shout out to Corner Booth by Chautona Havig. This is a fun story of a professor and the woman who invades his corner booth of a restaurant in order to skip the line at the door. He’s recently been convicted that he talks way too much, so he determines to LISTEN to the woman; no talking (on his part), just listening. And thus begins a sweet yet powerful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I finished it last night, and I was a little sad when I woke up this morning because I wasn’t going to get to hang out with all my new friends from this book today. (Y’all know that feeling, right?!?)
WATCH: My pastor shared this video with our church leadership team earlier this week, and I watched it this morning. Wow. Just WOW! Francis Chan delivers a powerful challenge to all believers to “climb the mountain” ourselves to spend time with God and not be satisfied with “hanging out with Moses” and hearing from God second hand. Let’s just say I might have needed a tissue or two by the end of the message, and I’ve determined to lace up my spiritual hiking boots and start climbing.
LISTEN: Last week I listened to the audiobook Still Alice, written and narrated by Lisa Genova. This book is inspiring, heart breaking, and very well written. It’s a novel that reads like a memoir and tells the story of a 50-year-old, wife/mother, Harvard professor who is diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. I don’t want to say much more than that, but the construction of the book–how she tells the story–is amazing. If someone close to you is dealing with this disease, this may not be the book for you right now. And then again, maybe it is. Note: This isn’t the most dynamic audiobook I’ve ever listened to, but I don’t think it’s meant to be. Since the author is also the narrator, she can read it just the way she wrote it. It’s a straightforward book with a straightforward narration. The genius is that a story written without excess, hyped-up drama is so very dramatic and powerful.
FOLLOW: I started following Kampgrounds of America (KOA) on Instagram, and now I want to go camping every single day! I’m a KOA girl. I grew up camping at KOAs, and Gene and I have been known to plan trips around KOA locations! The photos are fun, and they definitely inspire me to plan another trip SOON! (I’m on Instagram as outandback.live if you’d like to follow my adventures there as well as here.)
What are YOU reading, watching, listening to, and following? Link up at Making the Most of Every Day and/or leave some comments for me! This is always a fun discussion. I enjoy your recommendations.