Places I find inspiration

Some of the places I go to fill my head and my soul:

  • The Twelve:  Twelve bloggers, and a few special guests, engage the world on a daily basis, looking at life through a Reformed Christian lens.
  • Anne Lamott anything: Her books, her Facebook messages, her Twitter feed. There is no other author who has taught me voice, authenticity, and living into grace (that I don’t quite fully understand yet) like Anne Lamott.
  • Kent Haruf: I adore everything Kent wrote. He created beautiful stories about small towns – about life – without judgement, but with such authenticity and transparency. He passed away in November of 2014, and I was struck with real grief for the loss of someone I’ve never met, someone I felt would understand my stories of apple orchards and family farming. My favorite Haruf books are Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction — all which take place in the (fiction-isn) town of Holt, Colorado. Read this lovely tribute — how can you not love someone who writes every morning with a wool cap pulled over his eyes?
  • Robcast: The RobCast is a weekly podcast hosted by Rob Bell. He features fascinating interviews with fascinating people, and messages that challenge me to ponder and grow.
  • Magic Lessons: This podcast is hosted by Liz Gilbert, and based on her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  In the episodes, Liz talks with creatives and experts — focusing especially on tackling the obstacles that keep us from doing good work, making magic.
  • Calvin Festival of Faith & Writing: This writing festival (hosted by the college that just so happens to the #1 rival of the college where I went and now teach) has been life-giving to me.  Every other year, they bring in writers from around the world who share about the struggle and wonder of writing, its connection to faith, how to tell stories that matter, and how to just show up to our work. I fill notebooks at this conference and feed off it for months and months. I’m so grateful for it.
  • Ruminate Magazine: This magazine’s tagline is “Chewing on life, faith, and art,” which alone makes me love it. Their website reads: We invite slowing down and paying attention. We love laughter. And we delight in telling the truth, asking questions, and doing ‘small things with great love,’ as Mother Theresa said.” If you’ve never picked up a copy, you should.
  • Other favorite authors/bloggers: (whose writing makes me want to write too): Shauna Niequist, Jen Hatmaker, and Glennon Melton.

Stumble: trip or momentarily lose one's balance; almost fall. Grace: Undeserved redemption, sweetness.