After my 8 Things I Learned in 2008 post, I couldn’t resist ending the year with one more list! This is absolutely not a comprehensive list of every great post or article that I read, just some highlights, with an emphasis on links that didn’t get around much so some people may have missed. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! (Those of you who have been following my links blog all year will have seen most of these.)
- By far the best post I read this year was the Raving Atheist’s Christmas post. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with his site, for a long time he was one of the biggest atheist bloggers on the web.)
- Barbara Curtis’ series of posts about her 90+ pound weight loss (and learning to let go of the entitlement mentality) have had a huge influence on me as I think about my own relationship to food. Some particularly good posts: Diet Update; More Diet Discussion; and When Your Spouse is Overweight. I look forward to joining her in the new Google group she just created.
- This article about the concept of creating a domestic monastery really inspired me throughout the year.
- Serial killer Ted Bundy’s last interview, with a focus on how pornography impacted his life, is one of the most chilling, fascinating things I read this year.
- This post about when feminists become mothers, along with its fascinating look at the idea that autonomy is the most important goal for a person to seek, has kept me thinking throughout the year.
- I gained so much wisdom from reading The Philosopher Mom’s series of short posts about Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic The Interior Mansions. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the work, St. Teresa describes spiritual growth through the analogy of the soul being like a castle with God at the very center.)
- Throughout the year I have often thought of the beautiful words in this post where a mom describes the love she’s experienced with each of her adopted children, some of them who came from difficult backgrounds: “Love is what life is about.”
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- I’ve referred to The Cynical Christian’s post about God and objective good many times throughout the year for his clear articulation of the important point that “when we say ‘God is good, ‘ we’re not describing what God is, we’re describing what good is–good is God.”
- Scribbit’s post about children and extracurricular activities gave me a lot of food for thought (and a much-needed reality check) as my own children get to the age where they will have more options for groups, lessons, sports and other activities.
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s words about the Eucharist have strengthened and inspired me many times throughout the year.
- This interview with Peter Kreeft was fascinating. I especially liked his answer about the biggest obstacle facing orthodox Christianity.
- Matthew Archbold’s post about how he went from a career-obsessed newspaperman to a stay-at-home dad is touching and well worth reading.
- I often think of Finslippy’s post about art and fear when I struggle with the writing process, particularly the fascinating example she shares of an experiment with a ceramics class (it’s right under the video).
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!
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