Summer book list 2016

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I love to read books. There’s nothing like the crisp pages of a brand-new book – Particularly a hardback. There’s something permanent and formal about the written word. The Bible, being the ultimate example: Never changing, reliable, infallible, perfect.

Summer is the perfect time to lounge in the sunshine with a good book. Getting swept away in the plot of a new book is almost like a mini-vacation. In the Summertime, I tend to lean towards books that are lighter in subject. However, there was something almost imperceptibly different about this Summer, that had me reaching for more than the usual Summer fluff. Just something in the air, I can’t explain it. It was a soft tugging for my attention. Maybe God equipping me for something. Nonetheless, here are my Summer reads:

  • When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin & Sophia Fraioli – Hilariously bad texts from parents. I stumbled upon this book, back when I was working at Nordstrom. It was a slow night, I picked up this book, and laughed so hard I had to retreat back into the dressing room. I haven’t stopped laughing.
  • The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin – The fictional biography of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Historically, one of the most tumultuous and painfully public lives, as a Lindbergh. Anne’s blustery marriage, epic highs and tragic lows, made me feel normal. I devoured this book.
  • Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere – This is no sweet girly pep talk. What if you discovered that you held an invincible, incorruptible, invisible weapon? Women everywhere can become heroes. Who we might be in the future, depends on our ability to fight for it. The encouragement within this book is tremendous. I want my daughters to read it next!
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – My incredibly joyful neighbor, Brie, put this in my hands. Admittedly, I have not begun to read it yet, but it sounds like an original and moving adventure. Bernadette disappears, leaving her family and life behind. Her daughter is left weaving together emails, receipts, and school memos, to solve the riddle of her imperfect mother. Are you trying to say something, Brie?! Ha, ha ha.
  • The Spirit of Python by Jentezen Franklin – Pastor Franklin helps you understand the subtle strategies and tactics that Satan employs, and how we can detect the spiritual battle in our own lives. I am in the middle of reading this book, for the second time. Enough said.
  • The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman – As a former psychology major, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Give me all the psychology. Everywhere. It’s all about birth order in this book (obviously, *snort*.) Through stories and examples, I learned more about the “whys” of me, as well as my kids, and those around me. I have always been interested in birth orders. Ask anyone. For the record, First borns rule.
  • For the Love by Jen Hatmaker – Everyone at work was given a copy of this, and thank goodness. I laughed my way through this entire book. It’s so real, its unreal. Did you know that I got in a Twitter fight with Jen Hatmaker?! True story. But I still listed her book here, so…

What did you read this Summer? If you say “nothing,” we can’t be friends. Sorry.

Warmly, Sarah

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Forward 2016

Forward is here!! This weekend, I’m at this amazing place. What is Forward, you ask?

Each year Forward Conference features an assortment of influential speakers and talented music artists, all gathered in one place, to impact our local youth. Sometimes, not so local: This year we have youth from our Orange County, California campus, as well as our Spartanburg, South Carolina campus. I’ve seen license plates in the arena parking lot from Philadelphia, buses of kids and young adults, and youth leaders from all around the South! Even Australia. So, why are we all gathered together for this 3 day event? Junk food. Just kidding. The next generation needs a message of positivity, especially today, when all around there is so much fear and uncertainty. Gathered together, to fellowship, sing…. and eat junk food.

Take a look at these pictures that some talented guy named, Ray Candelaria took:








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See Sarah Cook


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I don’t love to cook.

And frankly, it doesn’t love me back. In the slightest. Sometimes I wonder if my family can taste the indifference…

I was (thisclose) to naming this post, Peanut Butter Chicken. I can already hear my family snickering, at the mere mention of the thing. Let me explain. I was stuck in a meal rut – You can relate, yes? I stumbled upon some sparkly new cuisine, sure to delight my family. I went for it.

We ate pizza that night. Whatever.

I’m good at a good many things: Mommy-ing girls, writing words, making lists, dreaming, fashion, beauty tips, rebelling against everything, and lastly, laughing so very hard at myself to make it all worthwhile. But not cooking, so much. It’s like, an irritation. A daily interruption, that feels like, “Again People?! I just fed Y’all.” Seriously man. So, I just take cooking off my balance beam. I mean, obviously I still do it because – kids and husband.

But, I give myself permission to be all, “whatever” in this area. And life goes on.

I cook the heck out of Thanksgiving dinner. So, there’s that one day a year. I have been told that I cook really well, I just don’t enjoy it. I snort in response to these kind critics because, surely they jest. But they’re serious. I think.

Shine at what you’re amazing at. Because you are pretty amazing. Take the other stuff off your beam. Or, at least stop being a mean girl to yourself about it. You are delightful. I can just tell.

Warmly, Sarah

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