Angels, Demons, and Summer Vacation

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

Dan and I usually take our vacation early, and this year we travelled north to see his family in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dan is the youngest of six, so we stayed really busy over the last two weeks playing with nieces and nephews, reconnecting with old friends, and eating lots and lots of food.

Among the highlights: getting to know my sisters-in-law better, participating in perhaps the best church service I’ve been to in years, indulging in Maki Evans’ delicious cupcakes gourmet, enjoying an impromptu living room concert from the Beekeepers, seeing more wildlife in one week in New Jersey than I’ve seen in years in Tennessee (deer, rabbits, foxes, turkeys, etc.), watching Veggie Tales with my beautiful nephew Will, long morning walks with my mother-in-law, and a Mother’s Day gathering that included half of the family (which is over fifteen people!).

Needless to say, I fell a little behind on blog posts. Tomorrow look for our next book club discussion on David Dark’s The Sacredness of Questioning Everything. On Thursday look for a post about my fantastic experience at a Reformed Church on Mother’s Day, and what it taught me about my own biases and assumptions. (Those who follow the blog consistently will know why a positive Reformed experience might have been a surprise for me!)

So yesterday we went to see “Angels and Demons” with my family for a belated Mother’s Day celebration. I enjoyed it a lot. It was visually stimulating and fast-paced, with an interesting plot and good acting – everything you want in a summer flick. I’m not sure why some in the Catholic Church were upset by it, except perhaps because it was based on the sequel to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, which was more controversial.

What were your thoughts on the movie? What other summer flicks have you seen/plan to see? Any exciting summer travel plans? I know that our friend and resident history buff Kristen is currently in Egypt, teaching at a field school. Mitch (who is normally in New Guinea) is in Australia awaiting the birth of his third child. Where will you be?

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