29 November 2014

Week Recommendations #33

A Missionary's Shift of 'Home'
Defining home has been a theme on this blog (and in my expat life) recently. It seems to have been on this fellow blogger's mind too. He muses through the changing feelings of 'home' from a missionary's perspective, but it can easily characterize overseas workers too. Give it a read. Knowing you're not alone is quite a comfort in this confusing life between worlds.

Why Missionaries Can Never Go Home Again by Karl Dahlfred at Gleanings from the Field

Missionary Memoir for Sale
I saw this deal this morning and snatched it up. As Soon As I Fell has been on my to-read list since it came out. Kay Bruner's blog has raw honesty wrapped up in poetic, kind eloquence. Now, she's running a promotion on her recent book until November 30, so you need to act now. This memoir of her transition and eventual burnout as a missionary in the South Pacific is on sale for $.99. She also has her other book, Comfort Ye My People (an Advent read), at the same price and a free study guide (for As Soon As I Fell) available for a free download. Take a look and consider the question that her memoir asks: "What happens when being radical for God brings you to the edge of disaster?"

You can also see the memoir on Amazon, of course. :)

Combatting Christmas Materialism in our Kids
Oh how I love this list by Ann Voskamp. She gives some practical ways we can teach our children about giving, about worth, and about gratitude during this season so heightened with sales and wrapping paper. 

The Grateful Christmas Project by Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience

And here is an interview with her about her new book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, which encourages children to walk through the genealogy of Christ before celebrating His birth.

Here: At Home
We celebrated American Thanksgiving this week, even if from miles and miles away from our home country. Here is a poem I wrote, giving thanks for different elements of our life overseas and for God's provision in all our transition, in all our culture. 

Give Thanks by Malia at At Home Abroad

And, as a throwback, here's also a poem I wrote last year, from the perspective of my TCKs on Thanksgiving.

A TCK's Thanksgiving Poem by Malia at At Home Abroad


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