A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
Blog post: “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal” by Leah Libresco. This popular atheist blogger recently announced her conversion to Catholicism. This is the post that explains her decision. She deduced that morality could only have come from an outside source– a Person– and that Christianity had the best explanation of who that Person was.
Movie: Hoodwinked! This is one of my favorite animated films released in the past 10 years. Like Shrek, it’s enjoyable for both kids and adults. Unlike Shrek, it’s (in my opinion) appropriate for both. This film has an all-star (Shrek pun intended) cast of voice actors and is a hilarious and creative retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. It also has an awesome original soundtrack with songs just as fun as (but a little more grown up than) your favorite Disney movies.
Non-Fiction Book: Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Confession: I just finished this gem this week. I know– I’m a little late to the party. But, it’s just as good as it was when it was released and if you haven’t read it yet, I’d encourage you to. Francis Chan is one of the few celebrity preachers today who you can see really live the way they preach. This book is a passionate call to break out of the ordinary and lukewarm and to embrace God’s love, grace, and purposes for your life.
Ministry/Non-Profit: Forward Edge International. This is the missions organization founded by Joseph Anfuso, whose autobiography I reviewed earlier this week. They are doing great work in disaster response, healthcare, and protecting/rescuing/helping vulnerable children.
Tweeter: Justin Dillon. Justin is the founder of Slavery Footprint, the website that allows users to see how many slaves work for them (based on their answers to various questions). I heard him speak at Passion 2012 and was impressed with his passion for making people aware of modern slavery and for fighting against it. His tweets are often informative about the freedom movement, but are also often inspirational.
Website: Year 27. Jill Davis’ 28th birthday will fall on 12-12-12. This year, she is partnering with OneVerse to try and raise money for the number of verses equivalent to the book of John to be translated into the language of Ehty people in South Asia. A graphic designer, she posts a creative “doodle” of a Bible verse every day. She is trying to fund the translation of 879 verses by her birthday.
Song/Artist: In Your Light– Gotye. The only way you would know this song was by the same artist who brought us the dramatic and pain-soaked “Somebody That I Used to Know” is if someone told you. Which I just did. Anyway, this is the total opposite of Gotye’s super-viral hit. It’s cheery, upbeat, full of warmth, and always makes me smile.
Video: Coloring Book. This is a monologue from Zack Hunt, youth pastor and blogger over at The American Jesus. Though I don’t always agree with the views presented on his blog, I don’t always disagree, either. Anyway, I agree with this video and found it a creative take on explaining the incarnation of holiness in our lives.
Bible Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8. Isaiah saw God. Too often, I miss the gravity of those words. Isaiah saw God. And before God he realized the devastation of his sin and guilt, but his sins were forgiven, and he was sent out by God to prophesy in his name. The gospel is good. Though we have not seen God, we know that one day our reality will be to stand before him as it is pronounced that our wickedness is gone and our sin is atoned for. But because our sins have already been covered by the blood of Jesus, the words of Isaiah should already be ours, as well: “Here I am. Send me.”
You can read previous weekend lists here.
COMMENT: Got any recommendations I should check out to add to future weekend lists?