It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

Did you ever wonder how churches come to get started in a given community? I never thought about this before. However,
every year, there’s a movement of thousands of pastors starting new churches — they call them church plants. It’s a world remarkably parallel to the tech industry, with incubators, growth metrics and, well, angel investors. One of these pastors, Watson Jones III, has dreams of starting a bustling new church in North Philly. But first, he has to figure out how to get people to show up. Watson might have the most difficult task of any founder in America: Convincing people who don’t know — or even believe — in God to change their minds and join his church. 
Reporter Eric Mennel tells the story of this young church plant in a new multi-part series from StartUp. Listen now to the first episode.

Reading:

These Truths (book cover)With the current presidential administration challenging so many norms and practices  that we’ve all taken for granted, I was happy to find Jill Lepore’s “These Truths: A History of the United States” to give me some historical perspective when considering what is currently happening in the United States today.
Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—”these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?” (from the New York Times review)
Starting in 1492 and continuing until 2016, Lepore examines the contradictions and the struggles in determining the meaning of our unique history. We a nation of conquering and the conquered peoples, immigrants and anti-immigrants all sorts of people in between.

Watching:

And a powerful animation with which to end the year. May 2019 bring you true happiness, fulfillment, and meaning rather than the usual seduction of corporate advertising that leads to  the treadmill of the rat race and always ends up in the opposite corner of happiness.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy