This year, I resolve to take up more space.
The first is Writing Cheerfully on the Web, edited by Elizabeth A. Oppenheimer. This book includes blog posts by 32 Quakers from the various branches of the Religious Society of Friends. One of the things I love about reading Quaker blogs is how each post is like snapshots―a look into where the writer is and how she is living up to her measure Light in that moment. This book is like a snapshot of the conversations Friends were having over a few years. I enjoyed seeing how the writers were interacting with each other through their blogs. It was also fun for me to see so many familiar names. I met some of these Friends as a direct result of having this blog, and it is thrilling to see all of these bloggers together in print. I think this book is a fun read and raises good questions, regardless of whether you follow the Quaker blogosphere.
The second book that includes a piece I wrote is Enlivened by the Mystery, edited by Kathy Hyzy. In this book, Friends responded to the question, "How have you experienced God or the Divine?" The responses include stories, poems, and photos, as well as essays and artwork. Each section begins with a few queries, and reading through the book is like sitting in meeting for worship. Some of the pieces made me laugh and others made me want to cry. I am grateful that Friends shared so deeply and amazed at all of the ways that we see God at work in our lives.
I recommend both of these books to you. I am not trying to sell you anything (and I don't get any money when either of these books are sold), but I think these books represent some of the best writing by Friends published in the last year and I feel blessed and honored to be included in them.