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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Monday's Menu: Food for Thought: Philosophy, Politics, and The Business of Calling

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Coming Up This Week  First, I'll look back at the calling series I started in August. (I know, I know. I'm famous for fast starts and slow finishes). I'll take two days to review snippets from the fifteen days I've written so far. Then, I intend to finish five additional days on the subject of calling. (And no, this won't all be done this week.)

Day 16: Wind and Waves: Why calling may rock your boat

Day 17: Ordinary: You never thought it would feel like this

Day 18: Waiting Room: Until God calls your number

Day 19: You Suck: "Tell me something I didn't know"

Day 20: Body Life: How the Church matters in the business of calling

 

Food for Thought

What Christian Women Want This Election Season: Your guide to the issues that matter this November (by Rachel Held Evans, Karen Swallow Prior, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anna Broadway, Trillia Newbell). This promises to be a persuasive, fair-handed look at the issues that we should be considering for our upcoming presidential election. 49 pages, and only $4.99 for your Kindle!

The 5 Steps to Writing a Book by Donald Miller. This is terrific encouragement for the despairing writer. "By writing, you are saying to God I agree with you, you gave me a voice and the gifts was not in vain."

A Philosopher Defends His Religion (A New York Times Book Review of Alvin Plantinga's Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism." The book gets high marks, and while the review (and no doubt the book) aren't the lightest reading you'll do today, the discussion is worth it.

Top 200 Church Blogs: (in case you weren't already busy enough)

This is Our City Essay Competition: Christianity Today is documenting the "common-good decisions" of Christinas who aspire to make a difference in their cities and the lives of their citizens. Do you have a story to share?

 

Quote of the Week

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -Thomas Edison

 

Verse of the Week

In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15

 

Prayer of the Week

Thank you, Father, for the gift of Sabbath rest, which reminds us that we are more than machines. Thank you Father, for Mondays and the work that lies ahead of us this week. Let us do Your will in Your way in order that by your grace, we may resist both overwork and laziness, anxiety and indifference.

For Christ and His glory,

Amen.