Tis the time of year when there will be many year in review type of articles and lists, so I thought I would add to the onslaught by doing a quick review of my own.  The end of the year is a great time to reflect on all that has taken place.  So in this space I want to look back at topics and posts that helped define 2012 for me.  The links will take you to each entry.

I usually begin each year by doing my own personal/spiritual review using the Fruit of the Spirit.  Reading through the Old Testament historical books this past spring, I was reminded that for all the self-examination and disciplines we can engage in, there are still areas in our life that stubbornly remain unchanged.  The Hebrew scripture calls these The High Places.  I’m not sure how I have done at removing mine.

April brought me to the poetic books of the Old Testament (I read through the OT this past year) and the book of Job is a book that seems to yield new layers of meaning each time I read it.  I summarized the most recent layer in Worldviews, Greek Mythology, and Job.  I actually have done quite a bit of reading on Greek mythology in recent months.  It’s one of those subjects I always heard a lot about but never fully understood, so I decided to absorb all I could on the subject.

Speaking of Greek mythology, one of the most interesting books I read this past year was Moonwalking With Einstein.  It is a book about memory techniques, especially those associated with the ancient Greeks.  I am currently using these techniques to recall 100 of the Greek gods and where they fit in the Greek pantheon.  The technique works!

And while we are on the topic of books, I decided to share the Top Five Books That Have Influenced Me thus far on my journey.

One of the more popular posts of this past year was a reflection on prayer and the word Amen.  Honestly, this has not been the easiest or most fulfilling of years for me, so I am grateful that sometimes Amen is all that God needs to hear from me.

Every year brings its share of tragedies to the headlines, but this year seemed especially heavy with senseless violence.  I could have reposted God’s Plan Or Personal Responsibility on several different occasions these past twelve months.  It is always fascinating to observe how people use/misuse or blame God whenever these things occur.

To end on a high note, a fortune cookie once told me that I should write a book.  And that materialized this past year with the release of Ten Essential Words.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, I would be delighted for you to give it a read and let me know your thoughts.  I started writing it back in 2006, so it was a personal milestone to see it come to fruition.

Fortune Cookie

The cookie told me to do it

I’ll continue to use this blog to share what I’m reading, what I’m thinking, and what I’m writing.  Looking ahead to 2013, my brother and I are taking a trip to Greece and Turkey in March, so I’m sure this will turn in to a bit of a travel blog as well.  If you don’t already follow this blog (or my book website) and you enjoy it, please do so.  The content differs between the two, so sign up for both!

Thanks for processing life with me and sharing your comments.  Have a blessed New Year!

Dave

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