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Ruth’s Roundup – October 2021

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth’s Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I have been engaging with over that month. You may laugh, cry, get mad, dig deeper, unfollow… who knows. Maybe it will be of use to you or someone you know. Happy browsing!


Hope for Unvaccinated People by Samuel Sey – fantastic post on a real hope in these deeply troubling times.

The Lord is my Helper by Vaneetha Risner – on Sarah Walton’s website ‘Set Apart’. I value both Vaneetha’s and Sarah’s words and wisdom on the topic of suffering. They always point me to back to Jesus, even in the toughest of circumstances of their lives. So much to reflect on in this article.

What If God Doesn’t Speak to Me by Lara d’Entremont – I found this article over at Alistair Chalmers excellent blog as part of his ‘Saturday Snippets – October 2. I think many of us may relate to this honest topic.


Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman – This is a lovely little book which is packed full of gospel truth to help mothers.

Suffering by Paul David Tripp – I reviewed this book recently which gives more information, but an excellent book written from personal experience of suffering, biblical understanding and a pastoral heart from his counselling of others going through exceptionally difficult times.

Susie by Ray Rhodes Jr – This is a biography of Susannah Spurgeon, the wife of famous preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon and I am really enjoying finding out more about her life. Susie was also a writer and went through much difficulty with illness which is another reason I wanted to read through this one.

A Certain Brightness by Philippa Ruth Wilson – One of the best devotionals and books I have ever read. Look out for my review of it in November.


Pod of the Gaps – Episode 23 – Should You Be Homeschooling Your Kids? – This was such a helpful episode (the whole podcast is great). We have started home educating our children for most of the reasons mentioned in this episode. Lots of food for thought, whether you have children or not.

Pod of the Gaps – Episode 27 – Do We Have A Death Problem? – I’ve been looking into resources on suffering, dying, death and eternal life because I have many thoughts and questions at the moment! This was a timely episode from Pod of the Gaps. I conclude, yes, we do have a death problem, but why not listen and form your own opinion.

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I had to share this although it was the end of September! I was overjoyed to see Paul Feesey’s daughter out of hospital after a very anxious time. Still holding Libby in prayer.
I feel very strongly that the gospel message of Christ crucified is missing from so much preaching and teaching today. If people do not understand what Jesus has done for them on the cross, then what are they hearing about instead?


I have been following along with David Robertson’s bite-size Bible readings these last few weeks. They have been of enormous encouragement to me. He releases one every morning Monday to Friday currently, plus another on Sundays. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I interviewed David a few years ago.
Lots of food for thought in this episode from ‘Theocast’ who I have started following. Their focus is ‘to encourage weary pilgrims to rest in Christ. We facilitate simple conversations about the Christian life from a reformed perspective through our weekly podcasts, primers, books, articles, and educational material.’
Short videos to encourage you – taken straight from the Bible and applied to life. Karen has a fantastic website – worth looking into for more Christ-centred content.
I watched this short clip and am planning to read and listen to more from Clay Jones and Alisa Childers. Clay speaks on death and eternal life which is something I am pondering on a lot at the moment. I can’t vouch for the theology at the moment without looking into it further, but this clip has given me something to think about!