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After getting lots of snarky comments on last week’s post that showed the pile of books on my desk, I thought I’d open myself to your ridicule on my other piles. Today, my bedside pile:
A Testament of Devotion
TNIV Holy Bible
The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime (Tickle, Phyllis)
A Teacher’s Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics (NCTE Teacher’s Introduction Series)
The Name of the Rose (Everyman’s Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel (P.S.)
For some real fun, light reading, you should try Umberto Eco’s The Prague Cemetery. My wife surprised me with the book for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. (Nothing more fun than reading a historical novel about the origin of the Protocols of Zion.)
I have a hard time pulling myself away from my Kindle to read paper books. I would suggest adding to your stack “Darkly Dreaming Dexter.”
The Guardini book is pretty good (even though I haven’t finished it yet). This is a note I copied from it,
“Jesus has a special tenderness for the poor
and the outcast. This flowed from the ultimate purpose behind his entire
mission, which was to upset all systems based on the standards of the
world, in order to proclaim the unknown God and his kingdom.”
Guardini also has shared a “conversion” story about himself, it’s interesting as well-
“”It struck me as if I carried everything—literally “everything”, my whole existence—in my hands, in a scale at perfect balance: “I can let it fall to the right or to the left. I can hold on to my soul our give it away…” And then I let the scale sink to the right. The moment was completely calm. There was neither agitation, nor radiance, nor experience of any kind. It was just a completely clear insight: “So it is”—and the imperceptibly gentle movement—“so it should be!” Then I went out to my friend and told him.”"
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