Something I love about working at LifeWay is the frequent emphasis on training and improving. We're often reading and studying new resources, whether for education or inspiration, that help us improve what we do. So I thought I'd take an informal poll of what the VBS team is reading right now.
I'm reading the audio book of Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P.L. Travers, which is a fun step into the whimsical mind of a child, as well as some thoughts about discipline. The original Mary Poppins of the books was a lot more stern and less fun than the one in the Disney movie, but still the children adore her and do everything they can to please her. Of course we should always be kind to the children we teach, kinder than she is I would think, but it helped me realize children yearn for boundaries and rules to help their world be ordered and feel safe. This is something that's easy to forget. I also love the Money Saving Mom blog. I'm not a mom, but I love her tips for saving money and spending quality time with kids. I've found lots of ideas that translate well to kids' ministry through her. Her writings on homemaking, grocery savings and faith and identity are also really helpful to me personally.
Gordon Brown: "I'm currently reading: A Gospel Primer—for Christians by Milton Vincent, a cool little book about the power of gospel; allowing it to color the way we look at the world and The Reason For God—Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller."
Andrea Spikes: "A book I'm reading right now is Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Its about seeing the work and life of Christ as something to contemplate every day; I'm also reading City of God by St. Augustine."
Rhonda VanCleave: "I'm currently reading: 66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You Into His Story by Larry Crabb (I'm really enjoying it, but it is a read that will take a while. It is a good book to read a bit, then stop to ponder.) I also follow a quilter's blog. I have no time to play with with my stash, but I enjoying dreaming as I watch her designs. She does heart strings quilts for charity. I also love Ree Drummond "The Pioneer Woman Cooks" blog (and TV show). I've actually made some of her recipes with success!
Wow! Such deep minded team mates I have! I've added a few to my reading list and I hope you have too! What are you reading right now? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.