Archive for September 2010
Wow. I just realized that I started this blog over a year ago and I have hardly written any posts. Maybe it is because of the lack of readers. Then again I realize that in order to get subscribers you also need to update often. I think it may also be because I have my other blog (mostly about crafting and my kids) which I tend to update more frequently. Could also be because I am on maternity leave so I am mostly engrossed with my kids at the moment.
Anyhow, while I am busy with a young infant I still manage to find the time to read a little.
Lately I just finished reading “Superfreakonomics”. I read the first one “Freakonomics” before and therefore it was natural for me to read the follow up. I tend to like reading these books nowadays (also a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell). I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone but if anybody read it did you find the last story about the monkeys and how they learned how to use money pretty fascinating? That is some crazy stuff.
Been also reading this book called “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” by Ronald Sider. This book definitely makes me look at my wealth quite differently. I have only read about a quarter of the book and I already feel quite convicted to spend my money differently. I think it is a really hard book to read for many Christians as it digs deep into how we spend money and makes you think about the poverty that exists around the world that most of us try to ignore.
Being a mom of young children now it breaks my heart even more thinking about how there are hungry and starving children out there. I know some people think that there is nothing they can do to help them because in the grand scheme of things the problem is pretty huge however to become ignorant to the rest of the world (and this is the majority of the world that lives in poverty) is pretty irresponsible in my opinion.
My husband and I sponsor 8 kids via different organizations. Our goal is to sponsor 10. Getting close. Some people don’t believe in giving money to the third world but we believe that it helps and that it makes a difference. And just because we sponsor 8 kids doesn’t mean I feel good inside because I did my “good deed” of the day. I don’t think it should be about feeling good to give. We should really do it more often living in such an affluent society.
Anyhow what a contrast it is with those two books that I have mentioned above! I also want to read this book about how the history of “marketing” started (cannot remember the book title now but they are Canadian authors). Feels weird to be mentioning about marketing after writing about poverty. Yes I have a diverse range of interests.
I need to sleep now. Maybe I will post again soon.
P.S. My husband is getting the iPhone 4 soon. I think I am going to be jealous.