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Beloved means dearly or greatly loved.  I love the sound of the word.  As a child of God, I should not feel jealous or sad that I am not any one person's beloved.  I hoped that You Are Beloved  would help calm the frenzied voices in my head when they tell me that I am a lone wolf in my blood and bones.  From the get-go, it crushed the romantic daydreams I had of being beloved and reminded me that I am beloved because I am in Christ.

Become the Beloved
As long as "being the Beloved" is little more than a beautiful thought or a lofty idea that hangs above my life to keep me from becoming depressed nothing really changes.  What is required is to become the Beloved in the commonplaces of my daily existence, and bit by bit to close the gap that exists between what I know myself to be and the countless realities of everyday life.  Becoming the Beloved is pulling the truth revealed to me from above down into the ordinariness of what I am thinking of, talking about, and doing from hour to hour.
- Life of the Beloved

I've never heard of Henri J. M. Nouwen before and this book pulls key passages from his previous works.  Below are some other excerpts which have given me something to think about. 

Finally, a Great Fashion Coloring Book

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I've got about 3 adult coloring books since the whole trend started.  It's therapeutic and an easy thing to multi-task while watching TV or something.  But then, I feel like if I'm spending this much time on it, I wish that it was something nice that I could put on my wall.  That's where New York Street Style comes in.

Despite the title, it's got a good variation of not just fashion pages but prints and city street shots too.    There is no perforation so you have to rip out the page carefully and cut the rough edge.*  The paper is thick so you don't need to worry about pages bleeding if you wanna use markers instead of colored pencils.  In the future, I may wanna use water color on these, but I'm not sure how the paper will react to water.

* Just a note if you have the same idea I do to color and post them in frames.

Winning All the Time

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In case you didn't know already, I have moved to Cincinnati for the year as part of a church internship.  There are four other interns besides me, not to mention staff and lay leaders.  Being around so many people, I wanted to educate myself on how to better interact with them.  I believe, and have been affirmed, that I am a very direct person.  I definitely don't care for fostering relationships when it comes to getting things done.  In the beginning, I was apologizing to teammates pretty regularly because of something I had said.

This book has helped tremendously in that I actively seek to make interactions win-win now.  I am trying to not boss people around and thinking more logically about how can we achieve a solution.

This isn't a book I could rush through.  There were so many tactics provided and it was supremely helpful that there was an example and counter provided for each tactic, whether the negotiations pertained to business or personal.  The index in the back is helpful as well for a quick refresher since there were some tactics that were recommended time and time again.

Seven-Mile Miracle

I got this book a little before Easter and was hoping to finish it in time for Easter Sunday.  It was a novel concept to me to study Jesus' last words.  Unfortunately, I found this book hard to get into.  I stopped somewhere in chapter 3 and only recently picked it back up again.  It's written in an informal tone (sometimes unnecessarily so).  And I thought the font change in between chapters was a little distracting.  I'd recommend parsing out a chapter a day but reading it within a week or two.  It puts into perspective Jesus' sacrifice and fulfillment of the prophecies.  It would be a great book for beginning believers.  There are questions posed at the beginning of every chapter too so it would be a good read for a book club as well.


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