Books I'm currently reading:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book #1)
by J.K. Rowling
This is my fun read right now. My sister and I weren't allowed to watch or read Harry Potter as kiddos, so I have no idea what I've been missing out on. Sometimes my cousins would watch the movies when we visited, and I'd hide behind their rocking chair because I couldn't join them in good conscience.
I figured it's time to read the series for myself. If I like them enough, I might even convince my mom to give them a chance, too. People have said there are some beautiful, redemptive themes which I look forward to parsing out.
A few of my friends are committed HP fans, so I texted them the photo above. They were thrilled. The big question is: what Hogwarts house will I belong to? A BuzzFeed quiz tells me Hufflepuff, but I have no idea what that is or what it might say about me. We shall see!
A Theology of Disability and Hospitality
by Thomas Reynolds
I'm reading this one for my internship and it's constructive theology I need time and help to understand. I worked for a few hours today to create an outline on what I've been reading, hoping that'll aid me as I distill the main points into something I can effectively remember and share.
Reynolds' words and reflections might be complex, but his thesis is clear. He'll be unpacking the following statement as the chapters carry on:
There is a strange logic to the Christian witness, one that gives testimony to a strength that comes through weakness, a wholeness that manifests itself in brokenness, a power that reveals itself through vulnerability.
I'm curious to see where he goes with this idea and how it then informs our perspective on disability and hospitality. Maybe I'll share more thoughts in the future. Let me know if you'd be interested in reading those?
Mental Health and the Church
A Ministry Handbook for Including Families Impacted by Mental Illness
by Dr. Steven Grcevich
Also for my internship. I snagged this after coming across Key Ministry, which Dr. Grcevich founded. More studies are showing the great neglect found in churches when it comes to including people with hidden disabilities, particularly mental health conditions. The book is practical and direct. I'm not very far, but I've already been moved to recognize my ignorance and passivity, repent, and seek how to appropriately respond.
I've had 6-8 books on rotation for months now, as you'll see in my ever-growing Goodreads list. These are the main three I'm working through as of today. Honestly, books and I have been out of sorts this year. Partly because of brain disassembly, partly just lack of discipline or choosing other activities—like long nature walks and spontaneous times with friends. Once fall weather hits, I imagine I'll be making consistent library trips again.
What are you currently reading? I'd love to hear!