Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Bookstores are dying. This makes me sad. Even though I admittedly prefer to do most of my reading on Kindle (if you’ve ever moved and had to haul boxes and boxes of books, you understand my reasoning), I still love bookstores. That’s why it was so sad to walk into Barnes & Noble last week only to discover that it is now a bookstore in name only.

Upon entering the store, I was greeted by toys. Yes, toys. Lots of toys. Shelves and shelves and aisle after aisle of puzzles, games, toys, and dolls. In Barnes & Noble. The books in this “bookstore” now consume less than half of the building space. The rest is filled with toys, music, and DVDs. It was bizarre.

I remember a time not too long ago—within the last 10 years—when I would regularly stop at my local Borders bookstore on my way home from work. I may not necessarily have needed a new book, I just enjoyed browsing, looking at titles, and reading the back of the latest releases. There’s something peaceful and simple about an old fashioned bookstore. Unfortunately, the bookstore as we knew it for so long is quickly disappearing. Borders closed its doors years ago, and I would not be surprised if Barnes & Noble is next, particularly if their attempt at being a gift shop fails.

Nothing on this earth or in this life stays the same. Everything evolves in one way or another. That is why it’s so comforting for Christians to look to their Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He never changes, and one day we will be with Him forever and ever. What a thrilling promise upon which to set our gaze in an ever-changing world!

For now, though, this weekly roundup remains stable, so start your weekend by relaxing a bit while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Quite frankly, this is insulting in so many ways. And for the record, as a woman, I don’t want to be given extra money just because of my gender. I want to be paid based on my skills and experience. If that means I make more than my male colleague, fine. If it doesn’t, fine too.
  • We should “aspire to live quietly.” Good thoughts here and some probing questions into our true desire for significance.
  • This is so sad. Please pray for this man’s family.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Please keep the angry spiders away from me. In fact, please keep all spiders away from me.

Most of our disquietness in our calling is that we trouble ourselves about God’s work. Trust God and be doing, and let him alone with the rest.

Richard Sibbes
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