Suggestion Saturday: November 27, 2010

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems,  stories and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

Love and Control. What is the difference between being religious and being spiritual? This post has an intriguing explanation.

The Problem with the Origin of Evil. Over the last few weeks, Drew and I have been listening to a sermon series about questioning God and the existence of suffering and evil. This is his response to one of the points brought up in the latest instalment of the series. In the near future I will be posting my own thoughts on the series here.

The Enneagram or What Being a 4 Means. After reading this blog post I just had to take two internet quizzes to determine my Enneagram type, as I’ve long since forgotten which one sounded the most like me. The shorter quiz said I was a type 6 (The Loyalist) and the longer one said I was a type 5 (The Investigator.) The questions were tough, though! I don’t know if I answered all of them correctly. It was hard to determine which actions I do the most for certain ones. Click here to take a Enneagram quiz for yourself. I’m curious to hear your results.

The Most Precious Thing. This is a great story. It reminds me of something my maternal Grandfather would tell after a big family dinner (except that all of the stories he shares have actually happened!)

From Elder 1:

When I looked at him, the glow from his pipe turned his face into angles and shadow like what you’d expect the face of a shaman to look like. I kept waiting for him to say something, to offer a deep meaningful teaching or a story but he never did.

What he did was honor my silence. We sat there night after night and he told me just by his presence that he was there for me and that he always would be.

Poop with Purchase. A light-hearted tale about gummi worms and free toilets.  (The link is work-safe.)

Last but not least The Creation. A poetic retelling of the Christian creation story by James Weldon Johnson. It reminds me heavily of a different creation story sung in The Shelters of Stone.

What have you been reading?

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  1. your dad and I just finished taking this test for each other – he answered for me, and I for him. And even in each other’s eyes, we are true to our types … I’m a 1 and he’s a 6.

    my opinion is that you, Lydia, are a 5.

    • Now that is a good way to take that test! You two know one another better than you even know yourselves in certain ways.

      Have you figured out the enneagram numbers for anyone else in the family?

      • here is my opinion, and remember that it can only be verified if the person in question also agrees:

        my mom 9
        my dad 8
        jesse 8
        aaron 3
        jeni 2
        aiden – too young to know
        drew 9
        jackie 7

  2. I’m touched that you’d recommend my post and you are right that sometimes it is hard to tell your type, at least at first. I wonder now why I ever doubted that I am a 4 (with, by the way a 5 wing!). I also looked at your list of recommended reads and was interested to note that I’m subscribed to 1/3 of them! I shall now explore the remainder of your recommendations and I’ve just subscribed to your blog by RSS.

  3. It would be interesting to take the quiz like your parents did…for each other…to see how the numbers came out! I came out a 7. We have taken these quizzes over the years and it’s always interesting to get the results. We used to have a book designed for the parent to discover the ‘motivational gift’ of your child…from our past years in the church. I don’t know what happened to the book, we don’t have it anymore, but it was interesting. You really can tell a lot about a child even from a young age.

      • I have no idea what happened to your first comment, Seph, but you are welcome. Love and Control was a fantastic post…I just couldn’t think of anything interesting to say in response to it. So I thought I’d link to it in the hope that one of my readers would! 🙂

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