27 December 2006

goodbyes

if you still read this, then you are a very faithful friend and i thank you. but i'm sick of thinking of things to say. plus, i was informed by a very good brother of mine that my blog is boring, and i couldn't agree more. so i think it's time to let it die. bye.

28 November 2006

i'm running out of time

it's almost the end of november, and i knew if i didn't act soon, there would be no November 2006 on the archive links on the side and it would destroy the perfection. and i didn't want THAT to happen. so for nobody's benefit but mine, i am posting. happy late thanksgiving everyone.

17 October 2006

take heart.

"we'll never be so good at blowing it that we mess God up."

-beth moore

09 September 2006

books!

i’m sure you’ve been anticipating this with much . . . anticipation.

1. One book that changed your life:
the gospel of John and Romans.
ahh, i can't pick just one. i think most every book i've read has changed me in some way.
also... Lewis’s Space Trilogy. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo. “1984” by George Orwell. "When I Don't Desire God" by John Piper.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
“Chronicles of Narnia” has definitely gone the rounds. probably my most-often-read book is “Goodnight Moon.” i still love to read it.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
could i take a whole chest? perhaps a whole library? but if i must pick one or two... the Book of Psalms and the complete works of C.S. Lewis.

4. One book that made you laugh:
“Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh. my happy book.

5. One book that made you cry:
“The Elephant Man” by Christine Sparks
“The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux
and “Curtain” by Agatha Christie. i never dreamed that my beloved Hercule Poirot could actually die. it was one of the saddest days of my imaginative life.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
“What I Really, Honestly Think About God” by Freud

7. One book you wish had never been written:
“Mathematics of Interest Rates and Finance.” Blech.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
“Dispatches from the Edge” by Anderson Cooper
and also “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller, whenever i can snag an hour and a chair at barnes & noble.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
oh, so many. “the brothers karamazov” by dostoevsky. “the lord of the rings.” (i know! i’m terrible.)

10. Now tag five people:
laura
moses
jacob
ricky
timbob the brown-eyed monster

29 August 2006

my current reading venture

if you like anderson cooper, let me recommend his new book, Dispatches from the Edge. good writing, interesting. some really touching stories.

and now, studying calls. it hurts to study before school even starts. well, it almost always hurts to study.

19 August 2006

not that i like controversial people or anything...

dear ann coulter,

i think you're cool. and funny.

signed,
a new fan

14 August 2006

i knew summer brit lit was good for something

i love english, but i am not liking this whole correspondence course deal. it is for people with high levels of personal discipline, not me. but, i have found a few absolute gems in my british literature course this summer. yay, i love good writing. (btw, ben jonson falls pathetically short of that category)

let me share just a few of my (shorter) newfound treasures with you...

first, a delightful poem from my good friend herbert:

Love (3)
Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.

"A guest," I answered, "worthy to be here":
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.
-George Herbert

and from my other good friend donne, one of my favorites. i especially love the last stanza.

A Hymn to God the Father
Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sin through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sin by which I have won
Others to sin? and made my sin their door?
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallowed in a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
Swear by thy self, that at my death thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now and heretofore;
And, having done that, thou hast done,
I fear no more.
-John Donne

okay, i know this post is getting long, but i have one more great quote from pilgrim's progress:

(Christian has just met with Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who tries to convince him to get off the path of the gospel, for it will only lead to "Wearisomeness, Painfulness, Hunger, Perils, Nakedness, Sword, Lions, Dragons, Darkness, and in a word, Death.") Christian's response? "Why, Sir, this Burden upon my back is more terrible to me, than are all these things which you have mentioned: Nay, methinks I care not what I meet with in the way, if so be I can also meet with Deliverance from my Burden."

don't you just love that? would God give us that kind of spirit.

04 August 2006

not boring...oh, no

i came across this section in The Ragamuffin Gospel last night. the word choices are great, but the Main Character's even better.

"The gospel of grace ends any apparent dichotomy between God's power and His love. For the work of creating is an act of love. The God who flung from His fingertips this universe filled with galaxies and stars, penguins and puffins, gulls and gannets, Pomeranians and poodles, elephants and evergreens, parrots and potato bugs, peaches and pears, and a world full of children made in His own image, is the God who loves with magnificent monotony.

"And anyone who has experienced the love of the Lord of the Dance will tell you: the synonym for monotonous is not boring."

-Brennan Manning