A few weeks ago, I looked at my upcoming reviews and I got a little nervous. Almost back to back, I was going to be reviewing Bread and Wine and City of God. One book is about inviting people into your home and the ways that food can evoke memories. The other was about living in a city of diversity and finding the shared humanity that exists there.
Both are memoirs and both are about faith.
Christianity plays a big part in my life. I am the daughter of a pastor and my husband is a pastor. I have previously been part of the staff at two different churches and I currently lead the praise and worship team at our church. The ways in which we relate to God and to each other are things that are consistently on my mind.
But when it comes time to blog about those parts of my life or review books about them, I hesitate. I wonder if you want to read about those things. I wonder if I drive away readers by posting books about Ash Wednesday or God's ability to solve all of our problems. I know that not everyone who visits this blog shares my beliefs.
Faith is a part of my life and so it will inevitably be a part of my reading and writing. There are many blogs that I visit and not every post on every blog is interesting to me or applicable to my life. That's ok. But I am being disingenuous if I don't share those parts of my life. If I don't write about a great devotional or spiritual memoir, I lose the opportunity to record my thoughts and the chance to share it with readers who might enjoy it.
So I'm making the decision to share all the parts of my life that I want to share and to review all of the books that I want to write about. Not everyone will read every post or get something out of every post and that is just the way the internet works. But I promise to show you a true version of myself, music rehearsals and church services and all. I will review all of the books that I loved and hated, whether they are spiritual biographies, historical fiction, or quirky mysteries. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
How do you balance writing about all of the facets of your life? Are there topics or certain books that you hesitate to write about?