Good Reads for the Week of July 16th

Recommended reading from blogs we enjoy:

Number one on the must read list is a piece from author and blogger Ann Vosskamp.

For Orlando – when the daily grind of everything grinds you down: Finding Faith in the Routine
when the world wonders where God is & if He shows up when everything looks impossibly broken More ..,

Shoebox Stories from Samaritan’s Purse is a weekly feature of stories of lives changed by the annual Operation Christmas Child boxes.  It is amazing to see how one small boxed packed with toys, personal care items, school supplies and other items can impact a child’s life:

Natasha, received her shoebox at the age of 9 in an orphanage in Belarus.

I was born three years after the 1986 Chernobyl accident released radioactive material into the western Soviet Union and Europe. Due to the radiation, I was born with a short neck—the only one in my family of five affected by the disaster. More …