Last month’s reads unintentionally focused on creating and creativity and I loved it.
Here’s what I read in March:
Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson
Andrew Peterson is one of my favorite humans. A few years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing him and, during our couple hours together, we talked a lot about what you can now read in this beautiful memoir and it is still my favorite interview to date. It was profoundly significant and deeply encouraging for me, as was this book. I continue to praise the Lord for AP’s life and how God uses it to bless so many. You should read his books and listen to his music. It is all a gift.
(You can read about my interview with him here and here and access the magazine featuring his cover story here.)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
After hearing about this book for so long, I snatched it up on Audible. Though I really enjoyed the beginning, it fell flat for me as the story progressed. I loved hearing Kathleen Wilhoite (Liz Danes from Gilmore Girls, if any fellow GG fans are out there) read this though—she was phenomenal.
Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper
Wonderful. Helpful. Practical. The second half of the book is worth the price of the whole thing. I share my thoughts and a snippet here (along with the link to the free pdf of this book).
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Typically known for her book Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers has given us a lovely new story. I really enjoyed listening to this book during my commute and while working around the house. It felt so good to be lost in a good story again. Redemption, wonder, love, and beauty, this book has it all and I recommend it.
Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings by Diana Glyer
This has been on my list for a while and after Andrew Peterson mentioned it at the end of Adorning the Dark, I thought it time. It was good, academic, and accessible. I love the Inklings and learning more about them and how they operated in community. It is helpful for us in the individualistic society that is our western world where we might be tempted to hoard our “art” or ideas instead of sharing them to make it stronger.
I would love to hear what you’re reading during quarantine!