The Batirs discuss favorite board games and how games in general created happy childhood memories.
For years we’ve kept a tight lid on our dirty hobby… but now, for all the world to hear, we talk about our history with dumpster diving.
Happy New Year! The Batirs discuss the top 10 new stories from 2021 and recap the year while slightly ill and massively cynical. Buckle up.
On this week’s episode, the Batirs discuss Ali’s experience as a social media influencer, how to win online giveaways, and why Joe’s body is broken.
The Robinsons filmed a bonus episode with us to discuss all things advertising. Whether you think advertising is the devil or hip and cool like Mad Men, you’ll learn a lot from Neil and Haley as they delve into the behind the scenes of the holiday shopping season.
I don’t normally make New Years resolutions, but with 2020 the way that it was, I wanted to enrich my mind. So I decided to challenge myself to read twelve books in a year, one book per month. Well, I surprised myself and read DOUBLE that. Now, no one wants to read my reviews of 24 books so I decided to stick to my top 4 (see below) . So I present to you: Ali’s Book Recommendations 2021!
- Jesus & John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation By Kristin Kobes Du Mez
This was one of the first books I read in 2021 and set the tone for the selection of books I chose to read throughout the year. A New York Times bestseller, this book chronicles the rise of the “Religious Right” and the history of modern evangelicalism in the United States. Having grown up in evangelicalism, reading this book was like reading my life story. Everything Du Mez writes about had some connection to my upbringing or my parents’ and was an extremely surreal experience to read. If you are like me and wondering “how on earth did we get here?” this book is for you.
- Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope By Esau McCaulley
This book was Christianity Today’s Book of the Year for 2020. Esau McCaulley beautifully explains Black exegesis through story, history, and scripture. It was enlightening to read McCaulley’s insights on how the Bible is read through Black eyes. I’ve included it in my top 4 because it made me fall back in love with the Bible. Scripture really is living and breathing and it was impactful to recognize how much our own unique backgrounds affect how we read God’s word.
- Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength By Kat Armas
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. It was one of three books and, truthfully, it was the one I was least excited about so I put it on my shelf and forgot about it. After watching In The Heights and being inspired by Abuela Claudia’s ‘paciencia y fe’, I remembered that Abuelita Faith was on my bookshelf and I decided to give it a read. I’m so glad I did. This book is beautiful. Kat Armas does an exceptional job walking the reader through her life, her culture, and the overlooked women of the Bible in a way that is inviting, humble, and brave. As someone who has been on a journey the last year to discover and learn from marginalized voices of faith, Abuelita Faith was so life giving. Armas doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable. Instead, she takes the reader’s hand and lovingly shows them how the Bible is full of the uncomfortable and how God uses the uncomfortable to grow us all.
- Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair By Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson
This was one of the last books that I read this year and I’m glad that it was. I’m not sure I would have been ready to read it back in January. This book was inspiring, convicting, and challenging as it broke down the authors’ arguments for reparations from a uniquely Christian and biblical perspective. Weaving together the history of slavery, race, the Church’s role in both, as well as biblical history, this book encapsulated all the books I read in 2021 in a beautiful way.
My other goal this year was to talk less and listen more. I wanted to listen to people who look differently than me, who think differently than me, and who feel differently than me. Books do that. They allow us to humbly sit at the feet of a person and listen. Ultimately, I’m walking into 2022 with more understanding toward others and more knowledge of our history and of the injustices in our country, and I am hopeful. God is working amidst the pain and injustices I see all around me and hopefully 2022 will be a year of putting what I’ve learned into action. If you are interested in any of the books that I read this year, let me know! I’m looking to give a lot of them away and make room for the next 24. And if you have any recommendations, hit me up! HAPPY READING!
In this episode, the Robinsons are back to hang with the Batirs as they discuss cultural appropriation, slavery, CRT, and reparations. So… super chill and noncontroversial topics!
This week, the Batirs are joined by their friend Carlos as they discuss “Tick Tick Boom”, favorite musicals, and all things Broadway.
This week is all things Thanksgiving: pies, stuffing, small pox blankets… join us as we get ready to kick off the Holiday Season.
On this episode, a toddler takes over and we discuss Santa and holiday traditions.