Growing in Grace: November 2017

Formulaic for a Reason: The Existential Appeal of Hallmark Movies - My mom and I are big-time suckers for these movies. And apparently, we're not alone.

Why Christian Women Marry Losers - This looks like a really good new book.

Why Youth Pastors Must Be Gifted to Teach God's Word - My dad and I have talked a lot about this, especially here.

5 Classic Christmas Songs That Are Actually Super Weird - If you don't want these classics ruined for you, do not read this. But if you want a good laugh (and a serious reality check on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), then read away.

She Reads Truth Bible Reading Plans - I've been doing a She Reads Truth Bible reading plan for the last few weeks and will be doing their Advent plan until I start a new year-long plan in January. I love how they lay it out.

The Relatable Longings of Stranger Things and This is Us - "The real reason for these shows’ popularity transcends the gimmick of their genres. Beneath the trappings of supernatural capers and episodic issues, these stories remind viewers of humanity’s universal, never-ending need for validation—to be fully seen and understood."

The Gray Havens Just Released a Christmas Song - And it's (as expected) good! 

Top 17 Books of 2017 - Tony Reinke has once again compiled a wonderful annual list for desiringGod. (And you may want to check out those honorable mentions...)

Royal Engagement Photos Through the Years - In the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement announcement, here's a cool collection of royal engagement photos.