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Carolyn Custis James

I have had the great privilege of knowing and working with Carolyn Custis James for more

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than eight years.  We share a passion for seeing women become all God created them to be.  We founded Synergy Women’s Network together (though the vision is hers from God).  And we are close friends.

When I first read Carolyn’s book When Life and Beliefs Collide, I rejoiced.  Someone was saying, articulately and theologically, what I knew was true.  I resonated even more when Lost Women of the Bible came out, followed by The Gospel of Ruth.

Then she wrote what I consider a masterful response to Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nick Kristoff.  Half the Church summarizes much of the message of Carolyn’s earlier books and sounds a call to the church to step up and enter the fray on behalf of the women of the world.  She urges the daughter’s of God to not turn a blind eye to the needs, but to engage on behalf their global sisters.

Not long ago, Synergy sponsored an interview with Carolyn and Chai Ling, Chinese activist, author of A Heart for Freedom and founder of All Girls Allowed.  Chai Ling tells of her work as commander-in-chief of student protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989, of being on the Most Wanted list, of her harrowing escape and eventual trek to the U.S.

In recent years she has founded an organization to fight the Chinese one-child policy.  All Girls Allowed has actually seen some recent changes softening the policy.  (News from China)

You can watch this conversation here: http://www.synergytoday.org/ezerwatch_2011_vimeo_chailing.html

What about you?  Where can you make a difference?

c2012 Judy Douglass

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I’ve been traveling—I actually just finished a trip that took me around the world.  One of the best things about long flights (like 17 hours) is that I can read.  My Kindle makes it possible for me to take many books to choose from without extra weight.  Love it!!

So here is some of my reading for the past several months, though I have several I’m still working on.  These will all be added under the Transforming Reads tab.

Strengthening My Soul

Windows of the Soul:  Experiencing God in New Ways by Ken Gire– Ken Gire is one of my favorite writers—his writing is beautiful and his spiritual insights are incisive. His Intimate Moments with the Savior series was life-changing.  And he has done it again.  Windows of the Soul are just that—openings to let God into every crevice of my life.

Making Me Think

Nice Girls Don’t Change the World by Lynne Hybels—A journey from Nice Girl to Good Woman to Dangerous Woman.  Every woman should take such a journey.

The Missional Mom:  Living with Purpose at Home and in the World by Helen Lee—A homeschooling mother of boys, Helen describes embracing her call as a mom and as a missional Christian and becoming—for herself and her family—a culture rebel committed to making a difference in her world.

Widening My World

A Heart for Freedom:  The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape and Her Quest to Free China’s Daughters by Chai Ling—From a simple Chinese village to Tiananmen Square to running for her life to a successful business in the U S, Chai Ling tells the true details of the the student uprising and her path to becoming a voice for the millions of baby girls aborted, killed or abandoned in China.

Love You More:  The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter by Jennifer Grant—A heart yearning and a word from God assured Jennifer that God had chosen a baby girl to add to their family.  The journey from that assurance to finding, meeting and bringing home a Guatemalan child is sweet, challenging, long and beautiful.

Fiction

Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery by Dorothy L Sayers—I’ve read several of Sayers’ Peter Wimsey mysteries, and this is my favorite.  I love the perfect writing, the amazing characters, the suspense, the adventure, the surprises.  But, I did figure out whodunit about halfway through.

What have you been reading?  What impact has it had on you?

c 2011 Judy Douglass

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