As a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson Publishers I recently read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. This book is a must read for every man...and woman! For men it is a guide to getting their hearts back. For women it is a guide to understanding the men in their lives and how they can help them to become what God intended for them to be from the beginning.
It all began back in the Garden of Eden when Adam stood passively by, saying nothing, as Eve fell into Satan's trap. This man, who was created to be her protector, failed this most important test, and things have been dicey ever since.
"Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man," says Eldredge and his book drew me along on a fascinating inside look at what makes men tick. He shares the stories of men searching for those missing elements which will give their lives meaning as they seek healing for "the wound" in their hearts. He speaks of their frustration as they live passive, "nice" lives and their longing for a battle to fight, a beauty to rescue and an adventure to live.
Wild at Heart is chock-full of encouragement, information and stories designed to help men find their way back to the center of their hearts. It gives them permission to pursue an adventurous way of life; the way of life God created them for.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week I worked in a nursing home in New York Mills, MN. This was the clinical portion of my CNA training and thus ended my coursework for the Long-Term Nursing Care class which is a prerequisite for the nursing program. Glad to be finished! I'm still working on my online College Writing I class and am in the critiquing stages with my third paper. Next Monday I begin Introductory Algebra.
On Thursday evening our area was hit by tornadoes. I worked at the nursing home just 15 miles from Wadena until 2:30 on Thursday. There was a tornado watch at that time, but by the time I got home (60 miles away) the watch had changed to a warning. The tornadoes hit Wadena, which is the town where my college campus is, and a couple of other small towns. It also hit a lot of farms. I drove through town on Friday going to my last day of clinicals at the nursing home and saw a lot of the devastation. I've never seen that sort of thing firsthand and it was unbelievable! The folks at the nursing home were sleeping in a little later than usual because they had been up late taking refuge in the hallways while the tornadoes tore up the countryside nearby. This area hasn't had a tornado in 125 years and it will take a while for them to recover. There were a couple of sad deaths but, considering the devastation, it's a miracle there weren't many more.
Our son, Jordan, moved back from Texas and arrived last night. We (hubby, me and dd Micah) met him in Ottertail, MN and went to worship and fellowship at The Creamery, which is an old creamery that has been converted into a church. It's also called Firestarters because that's the name of the ministry team that refurbished it. Four hours of music and spontaneous preaching. A good time!
I have the week off from driving to school, though I will be working a couple of days and I have to work on my online class, but it will be a nice break. We look forward to catching up on Jordan's life.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
My son Josh and d-i-l Jess (parents of Nathan and Starry)
Click on photo to go to Josh's blog.
Daughter Micah and Adam (parents of Audrey and Hazel)
Before Audrey's birth...obviously.
'Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.' ( Oscar Wilde)
“All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive safely at death. But, dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don’t tiptoe.”
Tony Campolo as quoted in "The Irresistible Revolution" by Shane Claiborne.
Grandson Nathan Aslan Richards
What a little sassyfrass!
Love that little face!
Granddaughter Danielle Starry Hope Richards
Feb. 3, 2012
A little doll!
Clever use of feet!
Granddaughter Audrey Rayne Yliniemi
Hazel Jane Yliniemi
Our little peach.
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"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." C.S. Lewis
I live in the northwoods of Minnesota on a small farm. My husband, Bob, went home to be with Jesus on November 19, 2013. God is leading me through this new part of my life. Our seven kids ranging in age from 23-52 are strewn around the country and I'm proud of all of them!
I love to read (especially English literature), write, draw and sing. My main goal in life is to become more like Jesus and make Him the center of my life. (I say goal because I haven't arrived yet!) My prayer is that my children will also live this out. Thanks for dropping by!
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket-- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."~ C.S. Lewis, British scholar and novelist. 1898-1963
My husband's great-grandfather, Hans Langseth. He's in the Guninness Book of World Records for his beard, which is 18-1/2 feet long in this photo. It is recorded as 17-1/2 feet because 12 inches of it were left on him when it was cut after his death.
Books Read from 2007 to the Present (in no particular order)
Fyodor Dostoevsky-Peter Leithart
Beyond Personality-C.S. Lewis
Green Dolphin Street-Elizabeth Goudge
Through Painted Deserts-Donald Miller (still reading)
Light From Heaven-Jan Karon
Blue Like Jazz-Donald Miller
Searching for God Knows What-Donald Miller
Hamlet's Dresser-Bob Smith
Crazy Love-Francis Chan
Breaking Intimidation-John Bevere
John Bunyan-Kevin Belmonte
One Writer's Beginnings-Eudora Welty
Agatha Christie-An Autobiography
Castle Blair-Flora L. Shaw
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name-Heather Lende
The Irish Country Doctor
The Irresistible Revolution-Shane Claiborne
Bread and Butter-What a Bunch of Bakers Taught Me About Business and Happiness by Tom McMakin
I Capture the Castle-Dodie Smith
The Pastor's Wife-Sabina Wurmbrand
No Holly for Miss Quinn-Miss Read
Kabul 24-Henry Arnold
Reflections on the Psalms-C.S. Lewis
The Hollow Hills-Mary Stewart
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth-Tolkien
Smith of Wootton Major-J.R.R. Tolkien
Leaf by Niggle-J.R.R. Tolkien
The Child From the Sea-Elizabeth Goudge
The Shack-William Young
You Gotta Keep Dancing-Tim Hansel
The World's Last Night and other Essays-C.S. Lewis
Letters of C.S. Lewis
In the Beginning-Chaim Potok
Space Trilogy-C.S. Lewis
On Stories and other Essays on Literature-C.S. Lewis
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way." C.S. Lewis
Borrowed From Bread and Roses
Our minds need many kinds of exercise, and creativity which uses mind and muscles is a source of balance and a wellspring of joy. A woman who walks in the woods, who makes a lampshade, who bakes a loaf of bread, who refinishes an old chair, has not time for bitterness and depression.
-The Pace of a Hen by Josephine Moffett Benton
You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis