Saturday, March 17, 2012

Good Reads

I've compiled a few things I've enjoyed reading lately, most of which you can link to here. Full disclosure: most of these people are my friends.  Biodigester
"Because of this, there is a great opportunity to improve health and to conserve the environment at the same time.  For the reasons above, people have long realized that the developing world needs better options for cooking their food. This has led to the development of many types of "appropriate technology" including solar cookers and fuel-efficient stoves such as the ones developed by Guatemalan Cultural Action (another Global Ministries partner).  Biodigester projects have been especially successful in China, but a number of Nicaraguan groups have also had success in the hot, western parts of the country, and there are even big plans to expand."   Talking Ashes with the Baby 
"I’m going to give Zora some basic explanation. Probably along these lines:
This is a day when we remember that God made us. In your Bible books, it says God made the first people out of the dust of the earth. So we have dust put on our foreheads to remind us that God made us. Some people also put dust on themselves when they are sad that things aren’t going the way they should. Like when people die. Or when people do mean things to each other. So that dust is a reminder that God made us and that God made us to be good. And it reminds us to try to be good like God made us. I might also bring up some things from her baptism: that we made the sign of the cross on her head with water when she was baptized, just like the ash cross. And then, we’ll just have to see where it goes.

The Fault in our stars by John Green. This is not on the internet, I mean, unless you download it onto your Kindle or whatnot. I am in a book club and this is our book this month. It was so amazing I'm kind left with gibberish to describe how freaking good it is. HOLY COW. See? Gibberish. It's a hopeful yet honest tale of two kids in love who happen to have cancer. It's a young adult novel, but you won't mind. That's how good it is. Go buy two copies. You'll want to give it to everyone you meet after you read it, so you might as well plan ahead.

Calvin vs. Hobbes by Ben Dueholm
"Readers may be surprised to find one of America's foremost Calvinists (Marilynne Robinson) painting such a noble portrait of the human self, but that's only because we've lost the language of paradox - unimaginably destructive, yet a little lower than the angels- that once charted our capacity for both good and evil."

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