off to be silent

i’m overdue for one of my quarterly 3-day silent retreats. it’s been four months. and i REALLY feel it.

so, i’m pumped to be heading up to a time-share condo in carlsbad today for a 4-day silent retreat.

jeannie and i own a time-share condo at this resort, but we normally use it for trading. but we had an extra week we were going to lose, so we grabbed one at the home resort. i’m using the first 3 nights, jeannie will go up for a retreat of her own the 2nd half of the week, and we’ll go up with the kids on the weekend for a couple days of games and family fun.

books i’m taking with me:

A Community Called Atonement, by scot mcknight. i’m about 25 pages into this book. i’ve been SO looking forward to this book, as i’ve struggled with my own understanding of atonement for a couple years.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, by rachel simmons

Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation, by Frans Johansson

The Book of Dave: A Novel, by Will Self

The Rollercoaster Years: raising your child through the maddening yet magical middle school years, by Charlene C. Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese

The Raw Shark Texts (a novel), by Steven Hall

i don’t expect to finish them all, especially as i’m going to give myself an hour a day for writing, and really try to spend some time being silent and not DOING anything. maybe four of ’em. we’ll see.

i have a post set to go live each day while i’m disconnected. later!

3 thoughts on “off to be silent”

  1. Way to go Marko! I will be praying for you and looking forward to hear how the Lord blessed your time. Thanks for the example and willing to share with us. I know for myself I need to get into the habit of doing those. I am/have taking some classes in my seminary training these last few years about spiritual formation and have noticed how alot of the early fathers really looked forward and got so much out of those times! It seems like we have lost this. So again thanks for the example and please hold us accountable to do this sometime!
    God Bless!

  2. Hope you have a great time and come back refreshed! Odd Girl Out is on my list of books to read – let us know if it’s worth buying.

  3. Marko,
    I’m so excited you’re reading Odd Girl Out that I nearly just jumped up and down.

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