quick takes: totally hot Edition. 12 comments

Quick Takes{One}

black forest fireIt was hotter (at least temperature wise) in Colorado this week than it was in Lebanon. Sometimes I like to Google places that I think *should* be hotter than it is in Colorado just to compare. This week I came up short. It was hot here, and it came near to 100 degrees on a few days. Oh, yea, and my state is on fire. And not in the fun sing-along “the roof is on FI-YAH” kind of way, but in the kind of way that makes my allergies go nuts, evacuates homes, and threatens the lives of firefighters. Pray for Colorado. Pray for rain. Pray for the firefighters.


Not to brag (but kind of to brag)…I have blog posts written for the next month. Of course, the link-ups (like this one, and the “Not Alone” series) aren’t pre-written because…well…they can’t be. What can I say? When the ideas come and the keyboard is functional, the blogs just flow out. I’m so excited for you to read them all!
{p.s. My 300th blog post will go up on Monday! Can you believe I’ve written 300 posts already?!}

{Speaking of months…Worthy came out one month ago already! Holy non-papal-announcing smokes!}


Just tossing an idea out there for no specific reason…when you get a spiritual growth book, do you like a companion journal or reflection-type book to go alone with it? Sometimes I like them and sometimes the questions that go along with the chapters are just kind of fluffy and don’t actually give me anything to think about at all. What are your thoughts and experiences with books like that? Do you buy them? Do you care? Chime in!


In the “things that make me happy” category this week you’ll find this sweet gem (see #4). I love, love, LOVE hearing what people think of my book! Current locations of my book include, but are not limited to: Germany, Ireland, Lebanon (one was even in France earlier this week!)…and all over the US. I’d love to get some more copies in California or along the West Coast so I can say that I’ve truly got the country covered from coast to coast. My book gets to go places I’ve never been, in more ways than one!
Also, if you get a chance, would you mind writing a review of the book on Amazon? I would truly appreciate it!


Quote-y from el libro time! (I think I get a little goofy towards the end of the Quick Takes, which is a little sad since there are only seven of them, but I digress.)

“Imagine Adam in the Garden of Eden, hungry, longing for someone like him. He is lonely and he wakes from his slumber and the first thing that we hear out of his mouth isn’t, “God, what did you do with my rib?” but rather, “This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” His concern has nothing to with himself, but instead, his concern, his excitement, his deep joy comes from finally having found one who is like him. She is not his exact identical, but she is like him, his equal, and he is no longer alone.”


This week you get a bonus…TWO songs of the week! Perhaps I’m being indecisive, or perhaps I just think that Tyrone Wells is one of the most down-to-Earth artists I’ve heard in a while. His music is so refreshing and honest that I can hardly get enough of it, so enjoy twice the musical genius of Tyrone!

Song number one: This Is Beautiful (which is quite possibly my favorite song of his) {Ignore the video, just listen to the song}

Song number two: Sea Breeze…because if you know Tyrone Wells, this is probably how you know him. {Which is not, in all honesty, how I came to know his music…but that is another story!}


Scripture verse of the week…(side note, is any one else feeling like the Year of Faith just got dropped like it was hot? People seemed to be all about it in the beginning and now…not so much. Am I alone in that?)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18
It just makes me think…so be on the lookout for a blog post about that very verse in the future!

Until next time 😉

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12 thoughts on “quick takes: totally hot Edition.

  • Olivia @ To the Heights

    #3- I usually don’t do well keeping a journal, especially on things that I am reading. HOWEVER, if the book contains questions for reflections at the end, I tend to write them down so I don’t forget to apply what I’m actually learning. So in that case I think a companion book might be helpful. Does that make sense? I hope so.

    #4- You’re too good to me 🙂 I’m working all day on Saturday and Sunday which are slow days at the nursing home so it is my greatest hope to be able to have some quiet time to plunge into more of your book! Keep up the great work.

    #6- LOVE Tyrone. Oh gosh, he’s so good. We have a painted sign with some lyrics from ‘Sea Breeze’ hanging in our apartment. He’s the best.

    • Amanda @ worthy of Agape

      #3 – I totally get that. Sometimes I think it is more helpful if the questions are in the actual book and don’t require me buy yet another book on top of the one I’ve already purchased! Your comments make sense thought =)

      #4 – YOU are so sweet, thank you so much for your sweet words last week! Hopefully work is slow and you can read more of the book!

      #6 – That is so awesome! One of these days I should write about how I came to know his music, but I just love his style and his honesty. Have you ever seen him in concert? Uh-maze-ing.

  • Nikki

    For #3 I guess it depends – 1. on how much I liked the book and found it useful (or my experience with the author if I’m getting both at the same time) 2. where I actually am when buying the book, there are times when I just feel lazy (spiritually and physically) and a companion book just feels like too much.

    • Amanda @ worthy of Agape

      Yay!! I’m excited that you are reading it and can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

      I’m the same way, I’m not usually one to write in the margins, but I will journal about a book before I buy a companion for it.

  • Jen K-M

    #1: I remember forest fire season in Montana and getting pleurisy one month before ending up in the ER twice over a weekend a month later. It worked out for me because it’s how I ended up with my own nebulizer (which is essential for Daniel) but I definitely feel for you.