Archive for May, 2014

May 28, 2014

It appears that God has deliberately left us in a quandary about many things. Why did He not summarize all the rules in one book, and all the basic doctrines in another? He could have eliminated the loopholes, prevented all the schisms over morality and false teaching that have plagued His Church for two thousand years. Think of the squabbling and perplexity we would have been spared. And think of the crop of dwarfs He would have reared!

Elisabeth Elliot in The Liberty of Obedience

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May 26, 2014

This is a great comfort:

Well, every man likes to be thought wonderful. A woman need not necessarily be stupid to admire a man.

Barbara Pym, Jane & Prudence, 103

May 22, 2014

Imagine a scenario where you are 100 percent right and they are 100 percent wrong. Have you been legitimately hurt? Yes. Is the other person wrong? Yes. Have they asked for your forgiveness? Maybe. Maybe not. Do they know they have hurt you so much? I don’t know. Which is more important to you: to be right or to be free?

 Emily P. Freeman, Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

May 13, 2014

Reading from March-April 2014

I’m now linking to books on the Kiva AmazonSmile page. ‘Cause, you know, I like them.

  1. Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  3. The Pirate’s Wish (The Assassin’s Curse Book 2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  4. The Life of Prayer by Edith Schaeffer – Good.
  5. Allegiant (Divergent Book 3) by Veronica Roth –
  6. When Maidens Mourn (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Book 7) by C.S. Harris
  7. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  8. The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, Book 1) by Chris D’Lacey
  9. Highgate Rise (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt No. 11) by Anne Perry
  10. The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas – Do. Not. Recommend.
  11. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech – This was interesting.
  12. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas Kelly – Fantastic.
  13. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (trans. Lowell Bair) – Lowell Bair is the best translator.
  14. My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White – This was so cheesy but I really liked it. Y’all know I love Jane Austen, but Mr. Darcys are overrated.
  15. Whisper of Jasmine (a novella) by Deanna Raybourn
  16. The Enemy (Jack Reacher Book 8) by Lee Child
  17. White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 by Michael Phillips – Read this one for a special project I’m doing. Fascinating.
  18. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Anne Burns
  19. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
  20. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale
  21. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Book 2) by Ransom Riggs – A little too weird for me.
  22. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Book 1) by James Dashner – Another one of those dystopian YA fiction series… I enjoyed this one, too.