A weekly smorgasbord of high-quality recommendations (if I do say so myself).
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 30:11-20. To me, this passage is the equivalent of “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.” for the Israelites. They’d been given their command: to love and obey God. They had the law, they knew what to do, and most of all, they had the presence and power of God. It was within their ability to fulfill God’s mission for them… to “choose life.” Life and prosperity vs. death and adversity had been set before them. All they had to do was choose.
Video: With a Piece of Chalk. This is a short film about a kid who escapes from his harsh life through breakdancing. It’s sweet, heartbreaking/heartwarming, and beautiful.
Movie: Total Recall. Fun action flick except for the random tri-boobed woman. Colin Farrell is awesome at looking confused and kicking butt at the same time.
Quote: Bob Goff, in Love Does.
I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.
Non-fiction Book: Love Does by Bob Goff. This book. GAH! I’m only halfway through and I couldn’t wait any longer to talk about how much I love it. I’ve been hearing about it for months, but never expected it to exceed the hype. Bob’s life is incredibly interesting, mainly because he lives a life of showing that love doesn’t just sit around– love does. He’s a fantastic storyteller with fantastic stories to tell. Many of them are hilarious, and the whole tone of the book, while not cheesy or fake, is one of joy, lightheartedness, and whimsy (one of his favorite words). I am recommending this book from the top to the bottom of my heart. You’ll love it. If you don’t, you should probably go check the lost and found for your soul.
Inspiring Stories From the 2012 Olympics. During the Olympics, there are always plenty of inspiring stories to go around. These are a few that caught my attention.
- Olympic runner escapes child slavery.
- Kirani James swaps numbers with Oscar Pistorius after 400 meters semifinal.
- A legally blind archer broke the first world record of the 2012 Olympics.
- From Lost Boy to Olympic Legend.
- Kenya’s David Rudisha is favourite for 800m, thanks to an Irish Brother. And he won gold!
Album: The Lateness of the Hour by Alex Clare. You know that commercial for Internet Explorer that makes you really confused… because you love the song but hate the browser it’s advertising? That awesome song is “Too Close” by Alex Clare. And the rest of his album is more awesomeness. To me, he sounds like a less-annoying Adam Levine (sorry, Maroon 5 fans) crossed with the male version of Adele. His soulful voice is layered over “dubstep-influenced electronica” that kicks butts and shakes subwoofers. Favorite Tracks: Too Close; I Won’t Let You Down; Tight Rope.
Website: McKayla is not impressed. She’s a vaulting machine, but this Olympian’s silver medal scowl is now at the mercy of the Internet. And the Internet is doing some of its best work on this Tumblr that inserts an unimpressed McKayla into various pictures of impressive things. Fortunately, real-life McKayla has a good sense of humor toward her memedom and just laughs at it.
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