A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
I know, I know… it’s kind of a rule not to change titles so much, but this is the last time. I promise. From now on LC’s Weekend List will be LC Re:commends. I decided Friday Flavors sounded too much like a cooking blog.
Movie: The Prestige. This is one of my all-time favorite films. If you’ve never seen it, you must! It’s full of great story, acting, and twists. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play rival illusionists in late 19th century London. They get a little carried away with their tricks and rivalry, so much so that their careers and lives suffer incredible damage. Mystery, illusion, and drama were poured into this movie by the bucket.
Novel: Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin. This is a beautiful story, full of broken but healing characters and the kind of epic family drama that brings Steinbeck or Faulkner to mind. Tucker is a successful photographer with a harsh past. In the course of the book, he returns to his childhood home, a place full of difficult memories, and begins to rebuild relationships with others who come back into his life: his mentally ill half-brother, a childhood friend and love interest, and his now elderly nanny. Flashbacks enable us to see Tucker’s life unfold up to this point, and how each of these people influenced him, and how he influenced them in return. Charles Martin is perhaps my favorite modern author, and this deep, heart-wrenching novel is one of the best I’ve read in a while.
Non-Fiction (e-)Book: You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins. If you are a writer, or really an artist or communicator of any kind, you will benefit from this wonderful e-book. Even if you already know every piece of advice he gives, you need the motivation. This book will get you pumped about writing and determined to put in the hard work it takes to be successful. Jeff Goins is a stellar writer, blogger, and motivator who wants to help people achieve their dreams.
Ministry/Non-Profit: ECHO. ECHO works in 180 countries to help provide sustainable agricultural solutions to poverty. Among other things, they provide training and resources to missionaries, community leaders, and other workers to help them meet needs of people in their communities through agriculture.
Tweeter: Max Andrew Dubinsky. Max is a great writer and blogger. His tweets are sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring, sometimes profound, and almost always interesting. To me, that’s a perfect storm of tweets.
Website: Hey Christian Girl. A parody of the popular Hey Girl meme, this Tumblr is hilarious, awesome, and hilariously awesome. Updated on a daily basis, it’s a perfect blend of corny Christian pickup lines and hunky celeb eye candy (Jessica Lambert, the one to the left is for you). Does the Internet get much better than that?
Album: Homemade Worship By Handmade People by Rend Collective Experiment. Rend Collective Experiment recorded this beautiful, fun, honest, joyful worship album in homes and halls throughout their native Ireland. They say, “We’ve worked hard to get the right mix between worship songs for the Church and also music that reflects the creative nature of God.” And their hard work has paid off, because that’s exactly what this album contains. Their music not confined to one particular style, though their creative use of various instruments such as the banjo, the accordion, and even the metal trash can, lean their sound toward folk (awesome, modern, worshipful folk). You can watch this video to learn more about Rend Collective Experiment and see the heart behind their music. Plus, if you’ve been looking for a version of Be Thou My Vision to work out to, your search is over. Favorite Tracks: You Are My Vision; Second Chance; Desert Soul; Build Your Kingdom Here; The Cost.
Video: Vertical Video Syndrome. Please pay attention to this very important PSA.
Bible Passage: Hosea 6:1-3. This is a call to return to God in a time when his people had strayed and bowed down to false gods. It is call to let him heal and bring life, and to trust that he will. While it was originally the call of a prophet years and years ago, it is still a call we should respond to today. The promises are beautiful and worth it: God will heal us, he will raise us up, and he will be faithful.
You can read previous weekend lists here.
COMMENT: Got any recommendations I should check out to add to future weekend lists?