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The Well-Educated Mind Books - 88%

139/158 = 19 to go!

It was a lovely read. I will write more later next week. Really enjoyed the story of the conversion of C.S. Lewis. 

MEDIEVAL (400 – 1599) 1580 Essays of Montaigne (6/8/10) EARLY MODERN (1600 – 1850) 1754 History of England, V.5 Hume 1776 Decline & Fall Roman Empire Gibbon 1792 Vindication Rights Women Wollstonecraft (6/17/10)
1835 Democracy in America Tocqueville 1848 The Communist Manifesto Marx & Engel (6/17/10) MODERN (1850 – present) 1860 Civilization of Renaissance Burckhardt 1904 Protestant Ethic/Spirit of Capitalism Weber
1908 Ecce Homo Nietzsche Autobio (6/14/10) 1925 Mein Kampf Hitler Autobio 1929 The Story of My Experiments w/Truth Gandhi 1937 The Road to Wigan Pier Orwell
1938 The New England Mind Miller 1948 Seven Story Mountain Merton 1955 The Great Crash Galbraith
1955 Surprised by Joy C.S. Lewis (6/28/10) 1959 The Longest Day Ryan (started 6/5/10) 1965 The Autobiography of + Malcolm X 1973 Journal of a Solitude Sarton (6/5/10)
1973 Gulag Archipelago Solzhe…

Knowing You

"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased" (The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, p. 1-2).

Knowing You Jesus
Knowing You
There is no greater thing
You're my all
You're the best
You're my joy 
My righteousness
And I love You Lord

Good Decisions

I have had some really good days this week.

Monday - concentrated prayer morning going through the Amazing Grace book in the am and Bible Book Club posts in the afternoon. All because my wonderful husband took the boys out and picked them up from their Engineering Academy at LBCC!

Tuesday - Prep for and study in the story of Noah with Noha in the am and piano, walk, visit with Amanda in the afternoon. Then, a great discussion with Samira, Fereshte, Shelly, and Kirsten about Galatians 3 in the early evening followed by Yogurt Extreme with Kirsten and Shelly until late at night.

Wednesday - Soaking in Galatians 3 at Sunnyside Up in the am. Delivering books and shopping in the pm. Dinner and discipleship with Jennifer and Jesus Community with the "guys" in the evening.

Thursday - Walking to Coffee Culture while Valentina and Pieter cleaned my whole house (the splurge because of my back problems) and soaking in Galatians 4 for hours. Coming home and soaking more in Galatians 5 &…

The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur

rThe Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur

I led a book club discussion on this book today. It got a 7.6. I liked it better the second time around reading it. It is one man's attempt to inform the world about the tragedies in Darfur. He is a "man of peace" in a place of strife.

Four Crazy Germans

So I read Nietzsche, and I wanted to read a happier book like Surprised by Joy, but I thought it might be interesting to read a book by another German, Adolph Hitler. Then, as I was reading Hitler, he went off on a tirade about the Social Democratic Party. So, I decided to stop and read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  What was it with the Germans from 1848 - 1945?   They were crazy!! (By the way, I started reading Hitler'sMein Kampf on D-Day. I thought that a fitting day to honor our fallen heroes).

I still have many pages to go on Hitler (I am reading selections suggested by Susan Wise-Bauer in The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, but her selections still total 335 pages), and I am finding it fascinating. He was against communism. So, he got that right, but I just read the part about how he came to be anti-semitic in Vienna, Austria, and it makes me so sad. I see why he was so charismatic though: he was a very good w…

Continued Peace

Well-Adjusted Heart

Today was an extraordinarily good day for me. I think I am growing in my ability to move on from tough situations and to trust that God will work it all out. 

When there are many words,  transgression is unavoidable,  But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 (NASB95)
Thus, the peace has been maintained in my heart and life. Sometimes you just have to stop the insanity, and it was definitely heading that way. I don't think a face-to-face meeting would have been productive. Wisdom says to stop the words and move on. That is what we did, and it did die down. I am not responsible for the emotional filter of another person, and Ginny strongly encouraged me to not take criticism for things I am not guilty of. I am responsible with how I handle it from now on. If I continue to not be sensitive to the filter, then I have a problem because I am not responding to what I now know.  I had hoped for an extension of grace this one time, but the attacks were pretty str…

A Very Satisfying Day

My day was sweet. I had time with God in the morning. Then I spent a couple of hours preparing for my time with Noha at 11 a.m. She didn't get the baby down until 12:30, but I had fun and "goofed off" while I waited. We spent from 12:30 to 3:00 pm looking at the story of Adam in both the Quran and the Bible. It was stimulating conversation, and she knows her stuff!

I walked home from her house so happy. So filled with the wonder and presence of God. George was working at home, and we debriefed on my time and also talked about painting the house. I looks like his cousin, Jim, and his friend are going to paint the house and even redo the front door. It will be so nice to have them working here this summer. They are fine and upstanding men, and we can even let them stay here if they want. Since they are coming from Oregon City.

After talking with George, I worked on the Bible Book Club post for 2 Corinthians 5. What a discipline this blog has been for me! I love it. This ch…

Peace Like a River

I had a very good weekend. The ickiness of Thursday/Friday led way to a Saturday morning drive in the sunshine to see Ginny and Lorraine for breakfast, sharing, counsel, prayer, and lunch at a new Bistro for Reuben Sandwiches. They gave me such great insight and counsel and prayer for peace for me.  When I got home, George and I shopped together and ran errands and talked. Then we took a nice walk as the sun was going down.

Sunday, I went back to Suburban after a three week absense, and I realize how much I have missed! I love Steve Lee's preaching. He is annointed. I love the love there and the atmosphere of acceptance. I was able to reconnect with many people from the 11 am service, and it was lovely.

After church, we took another walk, I read in the backyard, and Elizabeth came for a Glen Eden walk and dinner in the backyard before the TOAG girls came over for pie, snacks, and NEWSIES! They have been telling me that I need to watch it, and it was very fun to do so. Laura and …

Yesterday/All my troubles were not far away (Amended on June 14)

OUCH! Yesterday started out with great potential, but it had a big thud. I should trust my discernment and move on. I felt uneasy about the direction of my steps on Thursday, and I should have just bailed and prayed. The world is full of Shoulda', Coulda', Woulda's so I can trust I learned some very good things from the situation.

BUT, I did go see Ester, and that was lovely. She is doing so well at the Mennonite Village Rehab Center. I still felt weird about my morning and had gotten a journal at the Book Bin to process when a ZINGER of an email came in.  WOW! Again, I should trust my discernment, God gave it to me for a reason! I have had concerns, but I want to always extend grace and continue to love. While I will continue to do that, I will be more cautious in how I proceed in the future. I was misunderstood and confronted based on the false assumption.  Ginny said, "Do not accept criticism for something you are not guilty of."  I do have a blameless consci…

Evil Defeated

I am so glad I stayed up and persevered through the post on Bible Book Club! I couldn't post on it even on the kids' computer, but it worked after I wrote that little post a bit ago here. It was a great 1 hour and 15 minutes with the Lord, and it sure beat time in Nietzche!!!!!

My stuff keeps crashing

I have tried to post on my Bible Book Club blog, and it keeps on crashing. So, I am experimenting to see if it happens on this blog. I am a bit frustrated right now. UGH!

Nietzsche in the Morning

I am reading Nietzsche's autobiography this morning. Better that I put it aside and spend more time in the word. 1 Corinthians 15 seems so much more enjoyable than someone who proclaimed "God is dead." He wrote this autobiography and then he went insane.

It is 9:30 am, and Paul has just come out of the room to say, "Hi."  He is in the bathroom now, and I don't want to spend too long on here because I want to break the fast with him. Such an adorable child. He has peach-fuzz on his face and his voice is fully deep. The change of life from boyhood to manhood. Absolutely revel in talking to him about everything under the sun. Hmm. He will put me in a good mood after Nietzche. Maybe I should just read Nietzche at Noon!

I just told Paul that Nietzsche went insane after writing this book, and he said, "He looks insane!"  

I love that boy who needs milk for  his breakfast. He is a growing boy, afterall.

Just for the record:


Ecce Homo: How One …

Essays of Montaigne: Repentance

I just had an "aha" moment. I am almost done reading his essays. He just hit upon something about sin and repentance:

"I know no repentance, superficial, half-way, and ceremonious; it must sting me all over before I can call it so, and must prick my bowels as deeply and universally as God sees into me" (p. 917).

Screech says in the footnote:

 "Each man is, in God's sight, sinful (Romans 3:23; 5:12), and God is the scrutator cordium ((n.)One who scrutinizes; a close examiner or inquire), 'He who search all hearts' (1 Chron 28:9); 'He who searcheth the heart and knoweth the mind' (Romans 8:27); 'He that searcheth the reins and the heart" (Revelations 2:23)" (Michel de Montaigne - The Complete Essays (Penguin Classics, p. 917).

I lighted upon these words in the footnote and realized that all of Montaigne's words (and there are 1269 pages of his "thoughts") pale in comparison to just those few words I read of Scriptu…

Writing at 6:45 on a Sunday Morning

I have written so much in this blog in the past couple of weeks! This is definitely the one that I skip the most. Bible Book Club is my priority, and I do most of my writing there.

I woke up AGAIN with a splitting headache! I do not know what this bug is, but it is weird. It doesn't TOTALLY lay you flat, but you feel pretty crummy, fatigued, achy, and have a headache. I keep thinking it is all in my mind, but it isn't going away.

The good news is that I fell asleep right away last night and didn't wake up until about 5:30 am. The two night previous, I had a headache, so I couldn't go to sleep until drugs kicked in, and then I slept until after 10 am! I don't like starting the day so late. So, this is nice to wake up early this morning, even if it is with a stupid headache.

George is doing the devotional at church today. So, I feel like I should go and listen to him speak! I don't know what to do. I also don't know if I am going to be leading a Spiritual Gif…

A Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton

How appropriate to read the journal of a poet after reading so many poets over the last few weeks!

I am here alone for the first time in weeks, to take up my "real" like again at last. That is what is strange -- that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened. Without the interruptions, nourishing and maddening, this life would become arid. Yet I taste it fully only when I am alone here and "the house and I resume old conversations."
I read these line as Paul went off to a birthday party, and George and Michael went off to Lisa's graduation party promising me several hours of absolute solitude!

It was an easy read compared to poetry! I was nice to get in her head though. She had some powerful things to say even though she is not a woman of faith. She is searching though. I wonder if she found You in the end, Lord?

She reminded me so much of my grandmother wh…

The Well-Educated Mind - 84% Done!

I just finished Tennyson's Idylls of the King, and I loved it. Beautiful and long poem. I learned so much about Arthurian legend while reading it too.

Tennyson is a wonderful poet with my values. How can you not like a guy who died reading Shakespeare? 

I reached a major milestone by completing another genre of The Well-Educated Mind:POETRY! I really feel like poetry is the hardest of all of them. So, it is nice to have this done!

25 to go! 133/158
Nine autobiographies and 16 histories to go!

1580Essays+Montaigne(French)Auto Early Modern (1600-1850) 1754History of England, V.5HumeHistory 1757 Songs Innocence Experience Blake Poetry DONE March 22 1776 Decline & Fall of the Roman EmpireGibbon (Brit)WormsleyHistory 1792Vindication of the Rights of Women+ Wollstonecraft (Brit) 1770-1850 (1798) Wordsworth (Brit) Poetry May 26, 2010 1772-1834 Coleridge (Brit) Poetry  May 4, 2010 1795-1821 Keats (Brit) Poetry June 2, 2010 1:30 pm 1809-1883 Tennyson (Brit) Poetry June 4, 2010 12:40 pm 1835Dem…

William Butler Yeats

Philip Larkin

For the most part, I didn't care for him, but this one was interesting:

To put one brick upon another, Add a third and then a forth, Leaves no time to wonder whether What you do has any worth. But to sit with bricks around you While the winds of heaven bawl Weighing what you should or can do Leaves no doubt of it at all.

William Butler Yeats

There is something very old and wise about this Irishman's poetry!

The Coming of Wisdom with Time

Though leaves are many, the root is one;

through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.