Archive for February, 2010

Things of Delight

February 17, 2010

I want to share some cool things – some are just of interest, others will really add value to your life:

Northwest University is participating in the Act Six Scholarships – this will give excellent education to inner city kids and add the voices of the inner city to Northwest – VERY exciting!

Taproot Theatre keeps adding performances to The Great Divorce.  This was a great play, so I’m so excited that they are doing so well.

Google Picasa software – it is free.  I can view my RAW pictures before I convert them, and last night, I even used it to make a collage of my favorite pictures for my wallpaper.  This is the best free editor I have ever used.

These are just a few of the things that are delighting me this week.

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Love and War by John and Stasi Eldredge

February 11, 2010

My husband read a book a few years ago, which, in his words, was the first book that really spoke to him.  It was “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge.  Similarly, many women have said the same thing about Stasi Eldredge’s book “Captivating”.  Now, the two have come together to write about marriage.

I have brought a few books on marriage to this blog.  I’ve never, until now, said that if you are married, you WILL want to read this book. 

Have you ever wondered what causes someone to be particularly poignant?  In Love & War, I discovered that John Eldredge has a background in theatre.  This totally explains his ability to identify where his readers are and move them to that spot of yearning, hoping for more… and then he shows us the answers.

Stasi and John know the reality of a life beyond the romance and take us into “whatever happened to us?”  They use stories from their own life with authenticity and transparency.  Then, they give us hope that we, too can reclaim the romantic adventure that we all hope for.

Why is the Princess Bride the one movie that everyone I know can recognize quotes from?  Because men and women alike relate to the adventure, mystery and romance.  Two opposites, pushed together to fight an adventure.  They need each other, and they must believe in one another.

Do you miss the mystery, the adventure, the romance?  Love & War is about recapturing what God intended marriage to be – all that and more.

Honestly, you won’t find more poignant writers – John and Stasi pull you into the action and show you the dreams you might have even thought were gone.  This book gets my five stars.

A special Thank You to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing this book for me to review.  Click here to visit their site and find out more about Love and War and how to buy it.

Mark 3 part 1

February 9, 2010

Mark 3 part 1

I have been contemplating this passage for a couple weeks now.  In one chapter, we have such a mixed bag of characters – yet in each small section I am challenged to look for myself.  Mark 3, starting with verse 7, talks about all the people who were around Jesus.  With just a few sentences each, we get a glimpse into their character and motives – and maybe we get a glimpse of ourselves. Let’s take a look at these people.

1.  The crowds that followed Jesus.

These crowds were incredible.  They wanted what Jesus had so bad that they crowded Jesus, kind of like a rock concert.  They were so desperate for healing, they were willing to only get a glimpse of Jesus and touch his garment to get their healing.  These were desperate people.  (We live in a desperate world that is similarly grasping for relief, but from the wrong sources.)  Where might you or I be in this picture? 

  • Do I seek deliverance from God and not His face? 
  • Have we become so myopic that we missed the point of relationship? 
  • Have we lost our reverence for God in our desperation to get what we want from Him?

2.  The apostles.

From all his followers, Jesus called 12 to be his all-the-time followers.  The rest of his followers probably needed to attend to their lives, and followed when Jesus was in their area, but these 12 were with him all the time.  These 12 were endued with power to operate in His name.  My question:

  • Does my life show that I am an all-the-time follower of Jesus?
  • Do I walk with the power and authority that He has given me?
  • Or does my life show that I follow when He is conveniently in my area?

The Great Divorce a la Taproot Theatre

February 2, 2010
Taproot Theatre has reopened in their own location with style and flourish.

New carpets and a new paint job aren’t all that is new at Taproot. The cast brought a vivacious interpretation to C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. This production is a risk, due to the deep nature of the material, but Taproot is up to the task. They use incredible costuming, seasoned actors, and puppets to take us to another time and place – that place between heaven and hell.

Perhaps the most poignant scene of the entire production was when actor Ryan Childers played a man who was tormented by a demon/lizard of sorts, played by puppettress Kim Morris. The pair did an incredible job as they interacted with the Fire Angel, played by Pam Nolte (whose costume was spectacular). Who among us has not had a pet obsession that we knew God wanted to free us from, yet we feared the consequences?

David Dorrian, new to Seattle, played C.S. Lewis, and one of my favorite actors, Nolan Palmer played one of my favorite theologians, George MacDonald. They both did a great job of directing us through the play and helping us through the interpretations.

I do have one suggestion for you. You know how a Shakespeare play is easier to understand if you have read some Shakespeare? I think that this play is much easier to understand if you are familiar with C.S. Lewis’ language. I was very grateful that I’ve been reading through his sci-fi trilogy this year, as it made the language of the play easier to follow. When talking to others who enjoyed the play, I discovered that the language is a little fast for the uninitiated.

Like any Shakespearean play, however, the language is only part of the play.  Taproot has really outdone themselves with costumes, puppets, staging and design.  From the smokey streets of hell to the gates on the edge of heaven, we walk with those who each have to choose in their own, tormented way.

This play was incredible. The topic was poignant, the actors were amazing. The most versatile actor of the evening was Pam Nolte who played a well dressed woman, a widow, and the Fire Angel (on stilts!). Pam’s acting is a cut above. She has a way of pulling you into the scene and making you feel the character’s passion.

When you attend The Great Divorce, you are in for a real treat.

The play continues through February 27. Contact their box office for ticket information.