Many of my blogs this year have been reviews. I guess that is just easier than explaining that we are in a time of steady transitions, the kind all lives are made of. Two months after the last blog I flew to Florida to spend the last day of my father’s life with him, my mom, my sweet sister-in-law and darling niece in hospice learning about the rhythms of dying to death.
Then there was a wonderful memorial service with most of our family and later a burial with friends.
In the midst of having spent most of the last year transitioning from having my earthly father move to heaven, our children progressed to further afield with one spending time overseas and one in an apartment not far from campus. Plus, the move from middle school to high school. Busy times, exciting times and changing times. Yet, in all of that, and maybe because of it, I found time to buy some books. And not just any books. Books recommended by and in support of my favorite, almost-local bookstore. Yes, I drove there from here once a few years ago.
Byron Borger was one of the many talented people my father befriended in Pittsburgh during his days with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Now in Dallastown, PA, the Borgers run a lovely shop and lively business serving saints and seekers with reviews, books, music and thoughtfully modeling being salt and light, in person and even on Twitter. This year I’ve purchased a book on parenting as your children age, It’s Not Too Late by Dan Dupee and Dar Williams’ What I Found in A Thousand Towns both rewardingly recommended by Byron. I’ve also purchased books for our college students in areas they are studying, plus faith, science and growing up but not away from the ideas we have used as a foundation for our home. Just yesterday they posted a sale of Advent books. I follow @byronborger on Twitter and you can find them online at Hearts and Minds Books. As you think about gifts for Christmas please consider supporting this excellent bookstore!
I’ve decided to post two more reviews in time to buy for Christmas, Lord willing, to support the businesses that have blessed my year and to get back to blogging more regularly. I hope you are inspired to at least take a look at their work.
Blessings on your own transitions.