Sunday, January 13, 2013

What I read in 2012 and what I want to read in 2013

      My typical mode of operation is to have a perpetual list of books that I would like to read. So every year around January, I'll write down a list of books that I think I'd like to get through by the end of the year. These are the books that were on my list at the beginning of the year; I did get through some others but these were my primary reading.

Fiction:


  • Silas Marner by George Elliot
     Silas Marner is the classic story of a weaver who, betrayed by his best friend as a young man, becomes a recluse and a miser, hoarding his store of gold coins. His life suddenly changes when his coins are stolen and he takes in a young orphan girl as his own. 

     This was one of my favorite fiction books that I read last year; it was both profound and lovely. I would highly recommend it! 

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare 
     I always feel as though I ought to read more Shakespeare, and enjoy his writing more, and since Hamlet is a classic, and I had found it at Half Price books for a fairly cheap price, I decided it was worth a read. I'm glad I read it, but it definitely wasn't my favorite Shakespeare play, out of what I have read. 

  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
     The dramatic saga of the never-ending lawsuit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce; Bleak House sounds like an incredibly depressing book. It came highly recommended, however, so I decided to pick it up despite it's large girth and I was not disappointed. I had previously enjoyed David Copperfield and Oliver Twist, and so the story of Esther and those she comes in contact with warmed my heart. It takes a long time to get to the climax, but I love the way Dickens intertwines various stories. It was definitely not depressing, and definitely worth the read! If you are going to pick up some Dickens, Bleak House is a great way to go.

Friday, January 11, 2013

links for a rainy friday

      Happy friday! If yours, like mine, is dreary and wet, here are some links to brighten your day.

  • It's National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: read Aubrey Sampson's post at Live Shamelessly to find out six ways that you can fight against modern day slavery!




Happy friday!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

As The Ruin Falls

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love 
a scholar's parrot may talk Greek 
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.
 

~C.S. Lewis 



Monday, January 7, 2013

III. Why do we obey?

 
 
     "Why?" is a favorite question of children.  I remember when one of my sisters or I would feel like being particularly annoying, we would respond to every thing the other would say with "why?".
"Jessica, you have to help me clean up!"
"Why?"
"Because we need to clean up this mess!"
"Why?"
"BECAUSE!"
"Why?"
 
     And so on until it got old.
     However, I do feel that it is worth asking the question "Why do we obey?" Why is obedience such an important part of the Christian's life? I do think there is one major answer to that question, which I will address in another post, but before I get to that, there are various other reasons that have come to mind lately.
 

Friday, January 4, 2013

nerd + music

What happens when you combine nerdiness and love of music? An amazing circle of fifths like this:

 
I found it linked from this blog, but the music-nerd who created it can be found here: http://oddquartet.com/odd-quartet-store/ 

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