Resources – Updated 7/14/2018

I am or have used a lot of these resources during the past decade.  All links are non-affiliate unless otherwise indicated. This page will be updated as I find new websites and YouTube channels, or as I finish reading books. 

Books

Anything by Dr. Paul David Tripp, Ann Voskamp, Shauna Niequist, Holley Gerth

life without lack; LIVING IN THE FULLNESS of Psalm 23 – Dallas Willard. GET. THIS. BOOK. NOW!  It is powerful and changing my thinking about Psalm 23 with which I have a love/hate relationship. Read it 2 weeks after Joe’s passing and threw my Bible on the floor. I was in WANT, want of Joe. My copy is highlighted and has lots and lots of notes in the margin.
Everyday Peace and Comfort  – Patricia Mitchell – Literally a beautiful book filled with short inspirational devotions. Pick up a copy and give yourself flowers and inspiration every day.

Through a Season of Grief: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy Bill Dunn & Kathy Leonard – also available via daily email by signing up on  Griefshare.org.

 

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D. A book that will help you work through any time of loss, from death – to job loss and anything in-between.

 

Even If Not; Living, Loving and Learning in the In Between – Kaitlyn Bouchillon – Stories about God being with us in between the different chapters of our lives. God is still good, even when our stories do not turn out the way we want. You want to start and follow her because I see in her a writer who is a combination of Holley Gerth and Ann Voskamp.

 

Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re Suppose To Be And Unleash Your True Leader – Jeff Nischwitz – Chapter 7 and 13 are game changers for widows who are asking “What do I do now?” after getting through their grief journey.

 

 

Websites

GriefShare.org – This is the Christ-centered, Biblically-based grief support program I attended and it became my anchor for my week. I looked forward to attending our meetings more than Sunday church service. I can not recommend this 13-week video series enough. Everyone there will understand you because everyone is grieving and has made the choice to move forward through grief. Each week is a different video and most churches will let you start anytime. 

WorkItDaily.com – Paid membership site – J.T. O’Donnell – The list of 8 questions to ask at the end of an interview is fabulous. I wish I had this list at the beginning of my career.

Widows Christian Place – Ferree Hardy – Also became a widow at a young age. She writes about her journey in Post Cards From the Widow’s Path. (available on her website). One of the best books about the journey from becoming a widow and moving forward with life to remarriage.

Digging Deeper With God – Christine Drews – Thoughtful, well-written devotions that will help you go deeper into God’s word.

(in) courage – Encouragement written by various contributors from all walks of life.

Faithful Finish Lines – Paid membership site for widows and others who want to take charge of their health. Each round lasts 7 weeks with participants setting a fitness goal to be done during week 7.

The Daily Norm – Nicholas De Lacy Brown – Amazing paintings, sketches, and photographs of Nicholas’ work based on his life and travels and those cute blobby one-armed norms.

Problogger – Darren Rowse, the Godfather of Blogging. There are numerous resources, including a Podcast, to help you launch and maintain your blog. Problogger is the only blogging resource you need. 

Digital Photography School – Darren Rowse – Articles are written by various contributors. The depth of knowledge and amount of articles make this the only photography resource you need.

Drink Deep; A Musical Journey Through Grief  An excellent album that chronicles grief from the moment it strikes through our victory in Christ. The album was done by Steve Siler of Music for the Soul, “A Christian ministry using the power of songs and stories as a bridge to hope and healing for those facing life’s most difficult issues.”

Sherline’s Watchu Thinkin’ Blog The Journey of Self-Discovery Begins- This post contains 2 videos, one about determining the type of Christian you are and the other about storms. Watching them will change your perspective.

Through Ink and Image…Pursuing a God Inspired life. Lynn Abbott (website) – I love Lynn’s words but this post about God being the ultimate Dumpster Diver had me grinning from ear to ear. Thank goodness He is a dumpster diver or we would be in the trash pile forever. Oh, and Lynn’s artwork is stunning in every post.

6/11 – Update

Nalin’s Blog – My friend Nalin Yosek just started a blog mostly about food but also about a few other topics along the way. Join her as she starts her blogging journey.

6/21 – Update

Nosy Parker – musings of a curious creative – A blog written by my longtime friend Gabriana Marks. She just recently surpassed 900 days of finding One Good Thing in every day. That is tough to do when you are a full-time caregiver with your own health issues. 

7/14 Update

Cultivating – a beautiful online magazine providing “a welcoming place to restore, renew, and reinforce the individual.” Inspired by Philippians 4:7-9 this is the place to go when your soul needs restoration. The photography will take your breath away and the writing will encourage you. Here is the link to an interview with  Roots and Sky author Christie Purifoy. After reading the article, browse the other areas of the magazine and sign up to receive monthly encouragement – I did.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

YouTube Channels

Amy Landino – Need help moving forward with life? Amy gives you practical tips, tricks, advice, and opinions on going after the life you want. I enjoy Amy’s no-nonsense videos. Start with the books that changed her life and the 3 books you need to read to get things done in 2018. Oh, and if one of your goals is to start vlogging with your own YouTube Channel, then check out Amy’s book Vlog Like A Boss.

YouTube Videos

(Individual Videos from various channels)

Rosario Butterfield speaks about hospitality.  Matthew 13:1-3 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. (NLT)