There are times when I encounter stories, music or something and it just clicks in place and forever sticks with me… and for once I am not talking calories ;).
It could be something purely for fun or something completely profound.
When I think about these things, it is like the comfort of a warm fuzzy blanket or hug.
They find their way into some nook or cranny of our lives and bring a smile when rediscovered and remembered as the years go by.
It is like each time I stumble upon one of these books, movies or tunes that I truly enjoy, I feel like I have found a bit of gold.
It leaves me treasuring what I found and craving to find another like it… or rather that makes me feel the same way.
When I was kid, Gone with the Wind intrigued me and DC Talk become the sound track that would draw me in again and again– shaping a lot of my teen years.
The emotional build in Jars of Clay’s Worlds Apart captivated me and eerily foreshadowed a spiritual struggle that would last decades to come…
As I got a little older, Fried Green Tomatoes struck a chord with me…
Psalms 37:4 became mine and Puddie’s life verse.
Blackaby’s Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God shaped my definition of what God could do with me.
Steel Magnolias made me cry… and still does, but like a moth to the flame, I watch it every time I see it is on… and I sob- ugly cry style.
Puddie and I danced to Rob Thomas and I discovered Matchbox Twenty and that I was expecting Miss Add.
Pride and Prejudice made me smile and Mr. & Mrs. Smith made Puddie and I laugh.
John Fischer’s 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me), Fearless Faith: Living Beyond the Walls of Safe Christianity and most importantly Finding God Where You Least Expect Him kept me hanging on to my faith by a thread when I couldn’t seem to find my footing at local churches.
Gilmore Girls …
*sigh* or the Girls as Addie calls them were my maternity leave staple and now the feature of a fall GOODe marathon each year.
A Snoodle’s Tale caught me off guard but really touched me.
Each a bit of gold here and there, sprinkled throughout the years.
I was reminded of this recently when I discovered an author I knew of, but had not read… Philip Yancey.
Puddie read The Gift of Pain years ago and raved about it.
A story he told me from that book has stuck with me for years– about a little girl who could not feel physical pain and how that led to a life of complications because her body had no way of telling her when to stop.
So, when trying to find a new something to get lost in, I looked up Yancey–fully intending on reading the book Puddie had told me about. But, it wasn’t available on the Kindle, so I looked at his other works.
Pretty soon I was sold on reading Disappointment with God because it promised to address the three questions no one ever asks aloud… and dude it was awesome.
I was floored that Yancey tackled tough questions with grace-filled honesty. He didn’t sugar coat the questions of pain and disappointment, he uses them as ways to dive deeper. He has a way of taking the most complicated matters and teasing truth out of them without discounting doubts or the doubter.
After finishing Disappointment, I discovered he had a whole library of books he had written. I couldn’t believe these books had been around the entire time I had been struggling with my faith.
I clearly have been living under a rock as I later found out that Billy Graham shared my appreciation of Yancey– stating “There is no writer in the evangelical world that I endorse and appreciate more.”
Nuggets of gold.
While reading his work I had some major spiritual breakthroughs I will write about more at a different time and since then I have been reading several Yancey works simultaneously… I feel like I have struck a gold mine that has been there all along.
On my tablet right now?
And, I am anxiously waiting to finish up those to tackle the book most know Yancey for: What’s So Amazing About Grace?
I am so thankful for these bits of gold… and what they add to our little life.
Have you found any gems lately? Do share!
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