Time for some weekly finds from around the web! Enjoy!
Rhubarb Snacking Cake – Smitten Kitchen
This looks so yummy I just had to share! Since moving down south, I’ve discovered how many people don’t know about rhubarb. If you’re one of them… go try some. It’s rhubarb season, and you should be able to find it in your regular grocery store, farmer’s market, or organic food store (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc). And then make this recipe. Or make strawberry rhubarb pie… but this is more uncommon and kind of more fun than regular old pie!
My Story…His Testimony – Blessed Beyond Measure
In her own words, “our lives are the story [God] is writing.” And she wants you to share YOUR story on her blog. It’s a brand new ministry opportunity to share testimonies of how God is working and teaching and growing us to be more like Him. Go be a blessing with your story – and find a blessing in someone else’s.
Protect Yourself from Lies by Diving into Truth –
“Do you know error when you hear it/read it?” Sarah posits here the idea that we often view life through a “carnival mirror” of Satan’s lies, a skewed and distorted version of God’s reality. Whether you’re joining the quest for a Well-Educated Mind, or reading the daily blog posts in your RSS feed, or just having good conversation with friends – we must remember to surround ourselves with truth. It’s like the old counterfeit money problem: you can only spot the fake by knowing what the real thing looks like. You can only protect yourself from Satan’s deception by being daily immersed in God’s truth.
The Well-Educated Mind
If you are unfamiliar with Susan Wise Bauer’s book The Well-Educated Mind, you’ll want to change that. Why? Because it will give you the classical education you always wished you had. Personally, I yearn to keep learning and expanding my mind. I want to read voraciously, but sometimes need guidance knowing what to read and how to really digest it. I want to be a better conversationalist, to competently evaluate other’s words and thoughts. I want to have greater purpose in my reading, enjoying it but learning at the same time.
And so I’ve begun my quest toward a Well-Educated Mind. Some call it a DIY Master’s Degree, and I kind of like that. It gives me a sense of purpose, other than just reading for the fun of it. It gives a sense of accomplishment.
Anyway, here are two posts (Intro to the Well-Educated Mind and The Book that Changed My Life) that offer a description of the book and a few reasons why you should read it. And why you should follow the reading lists offered within the book. And the benefits of joining others on the same quest for classical education:
And if you’re interested in joining others on this journey through the classics, be sure to visit Classic Case of Madness. They have the five reading lists posted here, and offer commentary and discussion starters as they work through books. I just found them (and just started through the WEM), but they are only on book #9 of the first list (fiction). So I’m jumping in with both feet! And can I just throw an idea out there for you? If you want to read along with us, most if not all of these books are offered for free on the Kindle. That sure beats paying $30 and lugging around a 500+ page book all the time!
Have you read any great posts lately? Feel free to share!