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October 2022: ‘Remarkably Bright Creatures’ + Memento Mori

I’m still mourning that Halloween has passed…but here’s your monthly recap anyway: 

Best Book I Read This Month 

Remarkably Bright Creatures was a brilliant work of fiction. Even being as animal obsessed as I am, I was stunned by how much I grew to love a non-human character. If you want a refreshingly different read (or are landlocked and just yearning to be near the sea), this is for you. Find it here. 

Best Article I Read This Month

In honor of Election Day being right around the corner, I wanted to share the landing page for voter guides from Reason Foundation, the think tank where I work. Have a question about a ballot initiative in your state? It’s probably been covered here. 

Tip + Trick of the Month

Read constantly, don’t want to spend money buying books, and don’t have time to get to the library? Libby will be your best friend. As long as you have a card with a participating library, you can use the app to read or listen to all sorts of books. I’ve read over 50 books this year, and 95% of them were read through Libby. Find the app here. 

Quote of the Month

“When you sin, do a thorough job of repenting. Re-hate sin all over again. Consecrate yourself afresh to the Holy Spirit and his pure ways. But reject the devil’s whisper that God’s tender heart for you has grown a little colder, a little stiffer. He is not flustered by your sinfulness. His deepest disappointment is with your tepid thoughts of his heart. Christ died, placarding before you the love of God.” -Dane C. Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly

Kelvey’s Thought for the Month

Memento mori. 

It’s a phrase I’ve been considering a lot this week. 

It’s Latin. “Remember that you must die.” 

Some may cringe at this as being too grim. Too morbid. But memento mori acknowledges the one ending for all humans on this earth: We will die. 

How do you spend your days? How do you spend your one life? Where are you destined once your time on this earth is spent? 

Memento mori. Remember that you must die. How will you live in light of that reminder? 

Take time to be grateful as we head into this Thanksgiving season. I’ll catch you next month.