From “life-hacking” productivity and personality tests, to relationship advice gurus and Christian based self-improvement, the genre of self-help is vast and wide. In this episode we dive into the self-help atmosphere with reflections on some of the best self-help books we’ve read, tried, and continue to live by. We also explore the ways in which we have been taught that self-help is and isn’t compatible with faith.
What We’re Reading and Listening to
Ashley is reading Sue Monk Kidd’s “self-helpy” (as Ashley describes it) memoir Dance of the Dissident Daughter. She explores her awakening to patriarchy and her journey towards feminism and finding the divine feminine. Ashley said, “i want to give it to every Christian woman I know.”
Katey is listening to the Motherhood Sessions podcast. Each episode is a real therapy session between Dr. Alexandra Sachs, a reproductive psychiatrist (how cool is that?!) and a parent/couple navigating the challenges of motherhood. In particular she enjoyed “Rethinking Your Roots After Motherhood.”
Kindred of the Moment
We are thrilled that Micky ScottBey Jones, Director of Healing Justice for the Faith Matters Network, is launching the Movement Chaplaincy program called “Daring Compassion” on October 15: “The Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy training focuses on the basic skills and knowledge central for the role of Movement Chaplain — those who offer spiritual, emotional and relational support to people engaged in social justice movements.” Learn more about the program and how to sign up here.
Stuff We Mentioned (only the stuff we recommend!)
- Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | TED Talk – TED.com
- One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth
- Daring Greatly
- Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
Next Up on Kindreds
In recognition of Domestic Violence month in October, we’ll be talking about gender-based violence and what we can do to bring an end to it.