Inspired By.

The stars were quiet. The river spoke in some other tongue, some vernacular for fish.
- Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

I’ve just finished Miller’s spiritual memoir (in preparation for seeing the film adaptation in a few weeks!) and I really loved the heart of it, and the writing was so good; this small passage is one of many that I found absolutely delicious. The words latched themselves to my memory instantly. I continue to roll those phrases over and over in my mind like candy on the tongue, savoring their flavors. That’s why I loved this post from him about using verbs versus adjectives. His sentence is a perfect example of that principle at its best.

While I pick up the pages of this novel, here are some good reads for you to explore.

"...to the seedling on the sill. I am the small, green heart, all bud and shoot and tendril."
(Poem discovered thanks to Sam's tweet.)

Worst movie of all time? Hard to narrow it down to just one.

Good advice from a dad and a grandpa.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” - Diane von Furstenberg via The Everygirl.

[Photo and excellent reflection on Blue Like Jazz here.]


Jim Woods said...

I'm almost done with A million miles in a thousand years, and I've really enjoyed that. Still haven't read Blue Like Jazz though. I'll add it to the ever-growing list! 

Emily McFarlan said...

GOOD IDEA. I ought to re-read this before the movie, too! See you at Imago?

Sam said...

Bethany, I went to the reading of Great House when Nicole Krauss came to Powell's in Portland (... and I might have cried a little bit when I told her how her line "part of me is made of glass and I love you" from History of Love perfectly described the fragility I feel).

One of the main characters in the book is a writer, and I have a feeling you will see part of yourself in her, just like I did. 

(book twins, yet again)

Sarah said...

I'm so looking forward to this film. Seems like they've been working on it for-everr! The book was a huge influence on my budding spiritual identity in college. Miller's other books are fantastic too, esp. A Million Miles, although the writing in BLJ still wins.

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