So, it’s been a great month on the blog, but really tiring. (See this cat? I want to be asleep like it is.) That means I’m taking my 4th-week-of-the-month blog break! What is that, you ask? This simply means that I’ll be sharing links to blog posts/articles/videos/etc that inspired or challenged my thinking in the month of September.
Thanks again to Boze Herrington for taking over my blog this month and sharing his story about coming out of a cult. It’s both a heartbreaking and redemptive story, and we were both overwhelmed at the response it received. I’m glad he was able to kick off my new expansion of hosting guest bloggers on Identity Renewed!
Tune in during October for fiction author and entrepreneur A. J. Adwen’s story of brokenness and how writing helped her begin the road to healing. This will be a two part series going live October 10th and October 17th (Thursday nights).
So without further ado…here are my links for the month!
1. Seeing a Woman: A conversation between a father and son This wonderful blog is written by a man to his son and how he wants to teach his son to view women. I love it. What a great perspective this man has. I wish more had the same views. This gives me hope for humanity, which is hard for me to come by some days. ;)
2. The Trouble With Bright Girls Very insightful articles about women in the workplace, and how we constantly doubt ourselves–which is taught to us throughout our lives. I found it really helpful to rethink how I face challenges as a woman. And yes, I struggle with self-doubt a lot. Not sure if it’s because I’m a woman, or because I’m human… ?
3. 26, unmarried, and childless This is a great post on singleness and the frustration that often comes with married couples who are always asking about our futures and excluding us from being content in the here and now. Uhhhh. Enough said. (On a related note, check out the blog I wrote about the honorable history of singleness in the church over at Convergent Books here.)
4. 15 Things Not to Say to a Recovering Fundamentalist Christian This wonderful blog post about what not to say from people recovering from fundamentalism by Samantha Fields at Defeating the Dragons got picked up by Huffington Post. I’m quoted in it, so that was kind of cool. :)
5. Roots and Differences Between Fundamentalists and Evangelicals So I bet some of you are asking, “What’s the difference between fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and Christianity as a whole?” This video is really helpful in distinguishing the roots of fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Watch it to be informed.
6. I Am Mountain Here’s this amazing music video from the amazing Christian band Gungor. I just love this band, so if you haven’t heard of them, please go check them out. They just released a new CD. (Also, I’m in this music video because they filmed it in Colorado, so look for me!). :)
7. Children of 9/11 In honor of the 9/11 Anniversary, here is a beautiful article on the children who grew up in New York after 9/11, many of whom became artists and creators. Beautiful piece on how artists can change the world in the exact opposite ways terrorists wish.
8. The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East I think as a fellow Christian, I must share articles like this to expose the atrocities happening in the Middle East towards religious minorities. This really is dreadful stuff, and it also makes me so grateful that America still stands up for individual rights and religious rights. May we always do so.
9. The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014 I work with social media a lot for my job in publishing, and it’s always fascinating to learn about new things happening on the internet. Social media is essential for this day and age, so if you don’t have a presence, get one! This is an interesting article about predicted trends for 2014. I need to get on Google +…
(10. Speaking of social media… I don’t usually do 10 links, but this video of Justin Timberlake/Jimmy Fallon making fun of hashtags made me laugh so hard. Hashtags really are ridiculously overused. Shhh, I didn’t say that out loud…)