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It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the previous month, and share with you (and each other) what has impacted our lives in serious, funny, unusual and even ordinary ways.
If you don’t write, you can still participate by sharing with us your four somethings in the comments. I’d love to read what four somethings you experienced this past month!
January is my birthday month. My son and I celebrated my birthday low-key. Truthfully, all of my birthdays are low-key but I’m ok with that. This month we had a Starbucks date. Which is also not very celebratory, as I go to Starbucks almost every day. My son calls it my office. So my birthday was pretty much an ordinary day.
For something said, I’m going to go with one of my favorite sayings, and it is the theme for Christian Women Apologists:God gave us a brain, He expects us to use it. He never told us to check our brains at the church door. Click To Tweet
This came from a faith conversation I had with a stranger once in Starbucks (I told you I practically live at Starbucks).
He overheard me and another gentleman in a faith conversation, and when the first one ended he asked if he could ask me a few questions. I sat down with him, and as we talked he told me I was very intelligent and he had not encountered such articulate answers from a Christian before (he was Buddhist).
On the spot, I told him,”God gave me a brain, He expects me to use it. He never told me to check my brains at the church door.” I really want to get t-shirts made up with that on it.
I love learning, and this month I’ve learned many new things. My favorite has been learning about the life and art of Albrecht Dürer.
Producing more self-portraits than any other artist of his day; mass marketing his best-selling prints; even inventing his own monogram logo; Albrecht Dürer was commercially astute long before today’s generation of self-promoting and financially-savvy artists.
What is also interesting about Dürer is that he came to prominence during a time of great societal upheaval due to the Reformation, and the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. He never lost his faith and created art that was also a societal commentary on the state of affairs within religion.
Something read is a tough one for me. I can only pick one?!? Between reading art history textbooks, American history textbooks, and philosophy essays for school; reading material for Christian Women Apologists, and reading countless articles for discussion topics for our Facebook groups, I consume a hefty quantity of written word. Picking just one is like asking me to pick my favorite child.
Thank goodness for Goodreads. Without it I don’t think I’d be able to remember everything I read!
For my Something Read for January, I settled on The Quantum Prophets: Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra
The Quantum Prophets is a short book (it should take only a couple of hours, max) and is a fascinating look at the relationship between these two men and their battle with each other over quantum physics, the spiritual, and influence.
If you know anything about these two men their positions will not surprise you, but what interested me was their approach to dealing with each other. Spoiler alert: both engage with each other in ways that a Christian never should engage with anyone, whether we agree with them or not.
I highly recommend this book. It’s fast, interesting, and thought-provoking. It will help you understand the perspectives these men have, and that much of society has adopted, settling into one of the two camps presented.
It’s your turn to share! Link to your #sharefoursomethings post or leave them in the comments. This link up is for anyone and everyone who wants to share their Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read with others. The link-up is every fourth Saturday of each month. The next link up will be February 23, 2019. You can share yours at Living the Full Life.