Reads of the Month

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I’ve come across so many beautiful and thought-provoking writings on the Interwebs this month that I just had to share them with you. From lyrical poetry to convicting devotionals to cultural commentary, here’s my link roundup for September.

From Karen Swallow Prior for Christianity Today, Why You Can’t Name the Virtues, a reflection on cultivating goodness, not just turning from sin. (If you are on Twitter and don’t already follow Karen, she’s thoughtful and funny and generous and kind and just generally one of my favorite people on that social media space. You can find her @KSPrior.)

My friend Carolina was featured over at Krista Tippett’s On Being site with a convicting essay, The Work of the Hands, about serving out of our wounds. As her grandmother told her, “When you help someone else, you heal faster.”

From Brett McCracken at The Gospel Coalition, The Christ-like Gaze in Film, a reminder that all truth is God’s truth and that thoughtful aesthetic in telling stories matters a great deal.

Ashley Hales’ lovely reflection, Fears of Writing Books and Belonging to a Place, is a candid take on what it means to accept the gift of our God-given identity as “both exquisitely unique and quite mundane.”

And finally, one of the most haunting and tragic and beautifully written pieces on experiencing the death of a loved one I’ve ever read, Unless a Kernel of Wheat Falls, by Ryan Masters in Image Journal. This one made me sob. It’s not for the faint of heart. But for anyone processing their own grief, the lyrical and raw and simile-laden way Masters captures the experience of losing a child is a profound gift and well, well worth the read.

What’s the best thing you’ve read this month?


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