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Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of SpiritualityIndie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality by Chris Grosso
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Chris Grosso Separates the Wheat From the Bullshit

With a table of contents that reads like a playlist, Indie Spiritualist author, Chris Grosso, is brutally honest as he shares his journey in carving out a path in his own darkness to find personal meaning and true value in his own spiritual truth.

At a Snatam Kaur Indian devotional/ kirtan music performance I attended last spring, Kaur shared an observation that in this culture, yoga is practiced with a pastel mat rolled up under one arm and a Starbucks coffee in your opposite hand. By contrast, in India, Yogis own no possessions, but a loincloth and a begging bowl; yoga is an inward spiritual practice that requires no trendy accessories, only solitude. Our spirituality has been bottled, bought, and trademarked.

 
Am I Beautiful?Am I Beautiful? by Chine Mbubaegbu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was a very personal telling of the marginalization experienced by the author, being both a woman and a woman of color, contrasted with the Truth as presented in God's Word; that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Chine Mbubaegbu revitalizes the Barbie argument, citing that with worldwide sales reaching one billion, 90% of girls between the ages three and ten own a Barbie doll. Combined with the fact that a girls's lifelong body-image is fully developed by the tender age of eight, its no wonder we, as adult women, come into agreement with female objectification and resent our bodies for failing to reach impossible standards.

 
Sparkling Gems from the Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies for Every Day of the Year to Sharpen Your Understanding of God's WordSparkling Gems from the Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies for Every Day of the Year to Sharpen Your Understanding of God's Word by Rick Renner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rick Renner’s daily devotional, Sparkling Gems From the Greek, is a thick, heavy tome that is somewhat intimidating at first glance, but don’t be misled. In each daily reading, Renner offers up a daily scripture and breaks it down, piece by piece, into its original Greek translation, allowing the reader to gain a fullness of understanding that includes the nuances and inferences that don’t translate well into modern American-English.

 
The Bell JarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this book. I especially loved The Bell Jar's symmetry... the electrocution of the Rosenbergs, and Esther Greenwood's electroshock therapy; the bird coming out of the egg in the fig tree and Esther's witnessing "a baby coming out of a woman"