The last post on this topic wasn’t successful, but I liked doing it for my own records. I took some big turns from the last blog and would stop or start listening to the things I wrote about last month. I’ve had a hard time committing to Magic Lessons, mostly for the length. I decided to jump into a fiction novel and put the audio books on hold.
I started listening to these recently. I’ve followed Science Mike on twitter for about a year, but lately I’ve been hearing his name more and more. So I started with episode 1. I hadn’t listened because I’m not a science guru, but his podcasts are easy to understand, and don’t JUST talk about science.
Kevin’s reflections in the first half of the podcast hit me hard. How to love people regardless of where they are on their journey, and the call of what being a Christian ties into. I already know Colby’s story, of course, but it was fun to listen to.
Your Body is Not Your Masterpiece – Momastery
Man. MAN. Man. This piece. I don’t even know if I have words for it? Here’s a piece of it:
Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life — where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it.
I can’t relate to this… personally… but I was hooked on reading it. Someone I follow on twitter posted about it, a woman of multiple backgrounds herself, and I had no idea of so much in this article. Like that until recently, you couldn’t mark more than one box on the Census? Or that there were options for mixed white/black, but not other options? Eye opening for those like me, who have never once paused when filling out those boxes.
Last month I talked about the #KissShameBye hashtag and the beginning of a reply to purity culture’s harmful affects on people in the united states, esp people who were in church growing up. But there are (typically white, cis, heterosexual) women who don’t get the big deal. “I turned out fine,” they’ve said, as a response, “you’re making a big deal out of it, but it’s fine.” This article is a response to that. And it’s good. If you don’t understand the harm of purity culture in the church, if you think that because you turned out fine then people are imagining the drama – or that it’s a rare situation – then read this with an open mind and heart. I highly suggest it.
This is a piece of journalism, and it’s long. But I found it incredibly fascinating. I had no idea that they kept the president in the air all day of 9/11, but then again, I was 10 when it happened. The technology difference between then and now is also pretty intense. Again: it’s long. It took me almost an hour to read. I took breaks.
I went and bought several non-fiction books (which I hope you’ll see on here later) but ended up focusing in on a novel instead.
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
I’m not sure how I DIDN’T read this in school, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have experienced it the same way I did now. Before I would not have been able to put myself into the shoes of the characters because my privilege blinded me for a long time. It still felt very separate, which is ok, but I was able to reach into the character and understand her. I used to only read books where I could directly relate to characters (or the pieces of me I wish I was – non stuttering, etc). But I’m not sure that’s helpful or useful. This… this was different. Good. Sad. Heartaches. Hopeful. A main character who can forgive and make right, but only after standing up for herself, leaving, and making herself happy.
Damaged Goods: New Perspective on Christian Purity – Dianna Anderson
Just started this one. I had been asking around, since last month, about good books to read for people who were harmed by purity culture growing up and don’t know what to make of all of it now. So far, so excellent. Very researched. I wasn’t aware that despite being around since the 80s, it’s only been around since the 80’s.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
I did it. I watched Stranger Things. SO MANY EMOTIONS. Well done television is too much for words.
Unpacking Penal-Substitution Atonement – fucking fantastic. here’s a link to the storify.
Below are more tweets I liked this last month from people I follow: