Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.
Book Review of the Week
Rid of My Disgrace, by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Reviewed by Tim Challies. “I wish this book had not been written, or more properly, I wish there was no need for this book to be written. Yet the ugly truth is that sexual assault not only exists, but is all too common. And therefore, because sexual assault exists and because of its prevalence, I am grateful that Justin and Lindsey Holcomb wrote Rid of My Disgrace.”
Articles of the Week
A Reflection on the George Zimmerman Trial, Brad Hambrick. “The fact that my reaction to this case did not echo any highly-personal historical events or immediately draw me back to a formative conversation with my parents means I have work to do (in the form of listening) in order to ‘weep with those who weep.’”
10 Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold, David Mathis. Ignoring the cheesy pun about beating the summer heat (which I admit, I enjoyed), this is a solid list. Scripture memorization is not as difficult as most Christians believe, and it is a rewarding discipline: I’ve never regretted committing a Bible passage to memory. These ten passages provide a great starting point.
The News Is Bad For You (And Why You Should Stop Consuming It), The Guardian. I’m not sure if I’m ready to take his advice to “stop consuming news altogether,” but there are some intriguing points in this article. Reading and watching the news may not be nearly as helpful for interpreting the world as we naturally think.
5 Dangers to Avoid in Parenting, William Boekestein. “Like good physicians, parents should evaluate the spiritual health of their children and, where applicable, diagnose the source of their children’s discouragement. Sometimes the answer will be found by looking in the mirror.”
On The Lighter Side
“Googly Eyes” would be good for business. Or at least for a cheap laugh.