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Well, so much for a regular update on the status of my 101 Things list.  I haven’t even been very good at keeping up the list here at the site.  I did go back and make some updates, though – so here’s what’s new with 101 Things:

#1: Call one friend a month just to catch up
I’ve done a fairly decent job of keeping up on this one, making some intentional effort to connect with friends the good-old fashioned way over the phone.  So far, three months and at least three phone calls.

#20: Read the Bible in its entirety
Thanks to seminary classes that require a fairly heavy amount of Bible-reading, I’ve been keeping up with this one.  So far: Matthew, Mark, John and Galatians (all for classes), and Philippians (during my silent retreat at Mowana)

#30: Attend 30 On-Turf Youth Events
Three PSHS varsity basketball games, one community league indoor soccer game, and a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the PSHS volleyball teams.

#43: Complete the One Hundred Pushups Challenge
I began this program at the same time as the Two Hundred Situps Challenge.  After four weeks of the program, I am currently able to do 32 consecutive pushups.  I’m hoping to be able to do 100 by the time the next few weeks are over!

#47: Tackle the Tower
Finished!  February 7th Scott and I joined a group from PLC to Tackle the Tower for Ronald McDonald House.  It may not have been my best athletic performance to date, but I did it nonetheless!

#49: Complete the 200 Situps Challenge
Finished!  After completing only four weeks of the six-week challenge, I was able to do 210 crunches on 4/5/09.  I will be finishing the last two weeks of the program and then maintaining by doing a minimum of 200 crunches three times per week.

#52: Read and Finish 101 Books
I’ve definitely been keeping busy with this one – between reading for classes and a voracious appetite for personal reading that I’ve had lately, my list now includes the following titles:

  • The Shack by: William P. Young
  • The Synoptic Problem by: Mark Goodacre
  • Mad Church Disease by: Anne Jackson
  • She Said Yes by: Misty Bernall
  • The Way of the Heart by: Henri Nouwen
  • Holy Bible, Human Bible by: Gordon Oliver
  • Eat This Book by: Eugene Peterson
  • The Last Word by: NT Wright
  • Fundamentalism and American Culture by: George Marsden
  • The Real Billy Sunday by: Lyle Dorsett
  • Crazy Love by: Francis Chan

In addition to those, I’ve got about nine more that I am currently in the middle of reading both for class, ministry and personal enjoyment.

#53: Spend an entire day in silence
Finished!  In fact, I spent two entire days in silence while on a personal silent retreat at Camp Mowana from March 22nd through 24th.

#54: Watch 101 movies I have never seen before
Added to the last list are: Wall-E, The Final Cut, and Down With Love

#82: Go one week without logging into Facebook
Finished!  And beyond a week, since I gave up Facebook for Lent, it has currently been 41 days since I was last on Facebook.

#88: Spend at least 15 days at Camp Mowana
Two down, 13 more to go!  I’m definitely hoping to make a few more silent retreats down to Mowana during this 1001 days, and hopefully a few trips with the youth group and this goal will be more than met!

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I’m going to try and make a (fairly) regular habit of updating progress on my 101 Things in 1001 Days venture: partly for accountability, and partly simply to document progress.  So, since beginnin on January 1st, here’s what’s been accomplished:

#52: Read and Finish 101 Books
I finished reading both The Shack by: Wm. Paul Young and The Synoptic Problem by: Mark Goodacre – 2 down, 99 to go!

#54: Watch 101 Movies I Have Never Seen Before
Thanks to Saturday’s snow day and my canceled weekend class, I was able to watch Sex and the City (The Movie) and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants II with my mom and Kristen.

#55: Write a letter to myself to be opened on the last day of the challenge.
Finished!  It was kind of weird writing a letter to “future me”, but I think it will be really rewarding come 9/24/11 to look back at what life was like at the beginning of 2009.

#58: Blog at least twice a week.
So far so good!  I’m enjoying keeping up blogging on a regular basis.

#93: Knit 4 scarves and give them away.
I broke out the knitting stuff this weekend and picked up work on an unfinished scarf that I hadn’t worked on since last January-ish.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy knitting, and I can’t wait to give this one away!

#99: Donate 1,000,000 grains of rice.
I’ve been spending a lot of time over at FreeRice.com – I love that I can brush up on things like basic math, French vocabulary and English grammar while helping to contribute to the fight against hunger.

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The Shack I’ve been looking forward to reading Wm. Paul Young’s The Shack for quite some time now, so when I received the book for Christmas this year I couldn’t wait to get into it.  There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding this book, and since it had been recommended to me by at least 5 people I figured it was one I should pick up.

Basically, Young weaves for the reader a tale of Mac, a man who, having faced incredible tragedy in his life, ends up encountering God (the trinity) for a weekend at the place that most represents the pain of his past.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind when reading The Shack is that, while based on Christian Theology, it is still a fictional book.  Young paints a beautiful and mesmerizing picture of the trinity – Papa (God the Father), Jesus and Sarayu (the Holy Spirit) have conversations and interactions with Mack that brilliantly portray the beauty of the Trinity.

I was slightly disappointed with the ending of the book (which I won’t reveal for those of you who haven’t read it), but I still highly recommend it.  Anyone who needs a bit of new life breathed into their understanding of God should pick up this book.  It will challenge you and it will inspire you.

There’s a reason why it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

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