November brought snow to Nebraska. Usually I dread the first snow, but Hadden’s reaction to the snow was enchanting. Every few minutes he would run to the window, pointing and laughing until I came over to look. It was impossible for me to be upset about the snow!
I’ve spent all month collecting my favorite reads from around the web so today, the last of the month, I’m sharing them.
This month I decided to also share my Kindle reads. The books I read on Kindle are fluffy and fun, but I’ve enjoy getting blissfully lost in the good stories since the weather turned cold. You can find those titles at the end of the post.
So cozy up with a cup of tea or a mug of hot chocolate (or COFFEE if you’re one of those people) and check out these links below!
6. If they’re read as straightforward history, the six-day creation story and the Adam and Eve story contradict each other.
In His Son’s Steps || Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Bush approached each family individually and asked if there was anything he could do to help them. Several made small requests for assistance in dealing with death-benefits paperwork. An aide dutifully jotted notes.
Then Bush walked over to the Krissoffs and posed the same question.
“Yes, sir. There is one thing,” Bill said. “I want to join the Navy medical corps and serve, but they told me I was too old. No disrespect, but I’m younger than you are.”
World Magazine column demonstrates evangelicals’ double standard || Jonathan Merritt
After attending a BioLogos gathering at the Harvard Club in New York City, WORLD writer Warren Cole Smith lamented that the event only featured speakers presenting arguments in favor of evolution—a theory almost universally accepted among scientists—and how it is compatible with the Bible. In a column titled, “Unscientific Method,” he mourned that anti-evolution perspectives were “strikingly absent” at the gathering.
“Doesn’t the scientific method include presenting theories to skeptics so the theories can be confirmed, refuted, or made better?” Smith asked.
But Smith’s question raises an even better one: “Why do evangelicals hold such blatant double-standards when it comes to public debate?”
Why the lack of indictment for Mike Brown’s shooting is a devastating blow || Kristen Howerton
I shouldn’t have to share our stories to be believed, because there is a plethora of empirical research that illustrates the phenomena so many of us observe. The APA reports that Black boys as young as 10 may not be viewed in the same light of childhood innocence as their white peers, but are instead more likely to be mistaken as older, be perceived as guilty and face police violence if accused of a crime,The bias inherent in law enforcement has been well documented as well. In repeated psychological tests conducted by the psychology department at the University of Colorado, researchers illustrated the implicit suspicions people hold against people of color: Participants shoot an armed target more quickly and more often when that target is Black, rather than White. However, participants decide not to shoot an unarmed target more quickly and more often when the target is White, rather than Black.
A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties || Cadence Turpin
What if instead of introducing your friend as Jennifer the nurse, you started introducing her as Jennifer, one of most thoughtful people you know, or Jennifer the friend who helped you move in when you didn’t know a soul in this city.
Introducing your friends for who they are rather than focusing on what they do will remind them they are loved before and beyond their titles. It’s an easy way to remind them that you see them for their hearts instead of their accomplishments.
Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down To 2 Basic Traits || Emily Esfahani Smith
There are many reasons why relationships fail, but if you look at what drives the deterioration of many relationships, it’s often a breakdown of kindness. As the normal stresses of a life together pile up—with children, career, friend, in-laws, and other distractions crowding out the time for romance and intimacy—couples may put less effort into their relationship and let the petty grievances they hold against one another tear them apart.
In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together. But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.
A Courageous One (A Series on Sex Trafficking) || Bronwyn Lea
Trying to fight was maddening because I lost every time. So, I learned not to fight with my body. I learned to fight in my mind. I learned to blankly smile and nod and participate but to keep my heart far from it all. I learned how to not cringe on the outside. I learned how to be numb. Maybe worst of all, I learned how to lie to myself. All of the anger that should have been directed to those that hurt me, to those that designed the plans, to those that should have done something, I turned on myself.
I was still a child desperately trying to make sense of my world.
I believed the only people that cared about me were those that paid money to be with me.
How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season || Kate Brannen
“Did no one teach these people how to make their last names plural!?” I scream as I chuck the cards into the fire heretofore crackling peacefully beneath the mantel.
My Own Writing
It is worrisome to me that we pigeon-hole our children’s gender so early in their lives. What will our children become? We are raising girls who will be obsessed with their looks and boys who are obsessed with their dating/sex life. Dangerous.
Even if we remove the blatantly sexist clothing options available for children, the remaining clothes are still heavily stereotyped. Girls shirts feature unicorns, sparkles, and butterflies. Boys are given shirts with dinosaurs, vehicles, sports, and superheroes.
My Kindle Reads for November:
Me Before You (Five Stars)
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story (Two Stars)
The Fault in Our Stars (Three Stars)
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Not finished at the time of writing)