When I decided to pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone the other day, I didn't realize it would be like visiting family. This will be my third time to read this incredible series; the second time I felt like I was revisiting it for the story's sake. This time I feel like I am revisiting the characters, although I didn't realize that when I pulled it off that bottom shelf of our bookcase. I had finished The Chestnut King by N.D. Wilson as well as The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, both of which were excellent. It's hard to finish really good books, especially a series that I love and take a risk on a book that might be mediocre, especially when I had finished both my books within a day of each other. Every fall I get an itch to reread Harry Potter, because each book starts at that time of year and captures that "new beginnings" feeling I always feel in August and September. This fall I decided to pay attention to that itch.
I had requested Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson through our library after listening to a few of Sally's recent podcasts in which she is going through the same topics as the book covers; the podcasts are good, but I don't tend to favor many "women's Christian living" books. However, there are exceptions and this seems to be one of them. I immediately felt like the Lord has something to say to me through Sally's wisdom in the pages. The title was somewhat off-putting at first for reasons I am having difficulty putting into words as I write this, but after I read the intro I realized "owning" refers to taking responsibility for your choices and owning up to who you are and what you choose. I can't really pinpoint how that is different from my first assumption, but suffice it to say, a few chapters in I'm enjoying it and feeling encouraged and challenged to think intentionally about where I've been and where I'm going.
I am as quickly as possible knitting a test knit shawl for a friend, Viridescent, designed by Lisa at Happy in Dole Valley which should be released shortly. She teamed up with Amanda who is dyeing the most lovely yarn in order to produce this gorgeous shawl and it has been a gentle, lovely pattern to knit this week. Mine is her duplicity yarn in the colorway "Trinket." Keep your eyes peeled for this pattern release in the coming days!
Other books I am reading: For The Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley - so good! Highly recommend!
and The Count of Monte Cristo over on CraftLit
Linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along today