Saturday, January 10, 2015

Weekend Links: Prayer of the Hands, a good book review, and more!

Some good reading for your weekend:

"Why Women Make Blankets...and Prayer of the Hands":
I usually have work in my hands when I'm listening to speakers. I suspect that at least a few co-attendees think this is inappropriate. Busying one's hands can free up the mind to listen, though, and to pray. The repetitive rhythm of handwork has always been a conduit of prayer and of connection for me. You see, rosaries and prayer ropes are wonderful, but crochet works too! I always listen more attentively, and pray more deeply, when my hands are not calling me for something to do.  
"What 2,000 Calories Looks Like": a photo essay that was interesting not just for the restaurant food they show at the beginning but (what I really liked) the home-cooked meals at the end.

"The Legacy Journey": insightful review by Tim Challies of Dave Ramsey's latest book.

"How to Write Believable Children":  Useful stuff for my fellow authors.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell


jen said...

I've been crocheting blankets and prayer shawls for charity for year but didn't understand the magnitude of what I was doing until Daniel's birth at 29.5 weeks. A colleague of Jon's brought me a prayer shawl from her church ladies and I slept with that sucker around me every night in the hospital after I received it. (It's currently in the custody of a friend who has dealt with 3 miscarriages in the last year.) We also received some baby blankets from Project Linus, a charity I've been crafting for since probably 2006.

Jessica Snell said...

Wow, what a gift! How beautiful that you had that with you, and then that it served even further when you passed it on to your friend.