Good morning, friends!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the fact that I have a very difficult time reading books. Actually the difficult part is completing books. I get books and start them but rarely complete them.
This year is my year to develop some good habits, better habits, to foster intentionality, purpose and growth in my life. This blog is something that gives me purpose and helps me to grow. It forces me out of the doldrums and inspires intentionality in an area that needs growth. I need to work hard at bringing intentionality to creating an atmosphere where kindling joy is seen in my life and felt in my heart.
So I thought what a better place to have a weekly book club discussion. It doesn’t require me to go anywhere but it holds me accountable to a set schedule. If y’all want to join in and share your own favorite parts of a chapter I am reading then all the more wonderful and inspiring!
I want to start with a book that, twice now, I have started but never finished. A book I was reminded about by a friend and has been truly inspirational to me. I want to restart it and finally finish. I have spoken about it some in the past because it has been eye-opening and inspirational. I want to learn more, to grow and to share. Won’t you join me in reading Nicole Roccas’ book Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life. It is available in EBook and Audio as well, if you are interested.
Here is the description from Ancient Faith:
Idleness. Apathy. Restlessness. Procrastination. These are symptoms of what early Christian theologians called despondency (acedia), a spiritual sickness rooted in a lack of care or effort. A condition as old as the ancients, despondency thrives in today’s culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Time and Despondency is a penetrating synthesis of ancient theology, spiritual memoir, and self-help practicality. It envisions despondency as the extension of a broken relationship with the experience of time. Driven by the fear of death and the anxiety of living, despondency drives us to abandon the present moment, forsaking the only temporal realm in which we have true fellowship with Christ. The remedies offered by time-honored Christian thinkers for this predicament constitute not only an antidote to despondency but also stepping stones back to the present moment. In regaining the sacredness of time, we re-encounter the Resurrection of Christ in the dark and restless moments of our lives.
Next Monday I will be sharing my thoughts on the Introduction of this book. Won’t you join me? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I’ll see you next Monday for Book Club!
Have a blessed week!
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