Recent Reads: Holy is the day by Carolyn Weber

Holy Is The Day

What the book's about: In Holy is the Day, Carolyn Weber explores what it means to experience God's grace in the ordinariness of daily life, as well as in the extraordinariness of life's defining moments. 

Why I read this book: I heard Carolyn speak at the 2014 Faith and Writing Festival. Since I loved what she had to say, I decided to give her book a try. 

My favorite quotes from the book: 

- "Trauma cracks us open so the Holy Spirit can get in." 

- "The fact that Jesus quoted from the Psalms as he hung in excruciating agony is all the more proof of his sinlessness. His death moan intersects the pinnacles of utter and complete physical and emotional anguish, and yet the answer is still to cry out to God. Perhaps such a moment is precisely when it is most crucial to do so." 

- "Trauma prepares us for resurrection." 

- "Irreverence begins in not paying attention. And yet, I think, it can also stem from counting too often and too closely. The eternal cannot be insisted into a measurement." 

- "The best definition I have arrived at in my own spiritual quest for righteousness is taking God seriously. Taking him, literally, at his word. Seizing him and holding on. And thus choosing to be in his presence, to seek his presence, with all I am at the human moments when I am capable." 

- "Jesus conquers the fear of death with the very difference of his life." 

Who I'd recommend this book for: Holy is the Day is a beautifully written combination of memoir and theology perfect for anyone wanting to become more attune to God's grace in their own life. 

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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