The Friday Five: 12/10/20

  1. Happy Friday, friend! The countdown continues, and with just three posts to go, I can’t think of a better time to share the three books you’re going to want to bump to the top of your Christmas list. On January 5, Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture by Susan Hunt and Sharon W. Betters releases. (I don’t know about you, but I will read anything Susan Hunt writes.) On January 19, both Jani Ortlund’s book, Help! I’m Married to My Pastor, and Vaneetha Rendall Risner’s memoir, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption, come out. Pre-orders make great presents—ask God to bring to mind a friend who would be extra-encouraged if one of these books showed up in her mailbox next month. 
  1. The best podcasts make you want to close the app and open God’s Word, and these two episodes do just that. On the Journeywomen podcast this week, Dr. Jay Sklar shared the big story of the Bible, and his interview with Hunter Beless is the kind of resource you’ll come back to again and again and again. Another program worth returning to a second (or third) time? Tara-Leigh Cobble on the Becoming Something podcast. Her passion for the Bible is so contagious, it’s practically impossible to listen to her talk about Scripture without falling a little more in love with the God who inspired it.
  1. The holidays can be incredibly hard. “No one wants Christmas to hurt. We want it to look, sound, taste, smell, and feel like comfort,” writes Samantha Nieves. “Whether we’re burying pain deep under the snow of our hearts and pretending it doesn’t exist or we’re flat on the floor because we can’t even stand up under the weight of the heavy hurt, Jesus knows. Jesus knows your grief. Jesus knows about the shock that shattered you this Christmas. Jesus knows the wrong done against you. Jesus knows what your future Christmases look like. Jesus knows how to heal your pain. Jesus knows you, sees you, loves you, and won’t stop carrying you through this.”

Listings here do not imply endorsement of all writings and positions of the individuals mentioned. 

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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