Wednesday with Words: A Story and a Lie

I really enjoyed The Night Gardener by Johnathan Auxier, which my mom got me for Valentines Day. It delves into such an interesting problem: what is the difference between a story, and a lie? I think this quote sums it up nicely…

Night Gardener


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Chapter 4 of The Tangle will be up on Saturday, and I’ll have a reminder post then, but… I might have another, special post or two (or three, it depends) going up at some point this week, or maybe next week. I’m not sure at this point. However, I think these posts will definitely benefit the geeks among us… 🙂

Wednesday with Words: There is a Tide…

Just a quick Wednesday with Words post today. I found this William Shakespeare passage quoted in David McCullough’s John AdamsApparently, it was one of Mrs. Adams’ favorite quotes.

Tides


On my reading list this week:

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: My friends have been recommending this series to me forever, and finally I stole borrowed it from one of them and just stared reading… Pretty good so far, and very quirky.

Curtain by Agatha Christie: I love the Hercule Poirot mysteries. You can read them in any order, and Poirot himself is very entertaining. Unfortunately, Curtain is, apparently, his last case! I can’t wait to find out what happens…


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Wednesday with Words: An Act of the Will

NOTE: Sorry this post is late. I should have put this up yesterday, but I forgot, so, here goes…


At evening service in my church this Sunday, our pastor was talking about setting time apart to worship God on our own. I believe this is something I need to work on more, and I’ve been trying to read a chapter of A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George every evening since then, for a sort of devotional. I got this book almost a year ago (!), but I never finished it. I did find this wonderful quote the other day, though, and I really wanted to share it with you:

Love


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Wednesday with Words: Poetry

One of the history books I’m reading for school is John Adams by David McCullough. It is a very interesting book, giving a great deal of insight into the life of John Adams, mostly through the many letters he wrote to his wife and children and friends while he was away helping shape the future of America, be it in the Philadelphia convention or as an underpaid ambassador to France. This is a quote from one of those letters, written to his son John Quincy, giving him some good general advice:

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On my reading list this week:

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery: As I said in the last Wednesday with Words post, I’ve been working my way steadily through the Anne of Green Gables books, and suddenly it seems I’ve come to the last one! This link goes to the beautiful Sourcebooks Fire paperback edition, which I absolutely love. My mom has the whole series in these editions on a shelf downstairs, and they are so pretty!

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens: Yes, I am still reading this. We have an audiobook edition, and I downloaded it onto my iPod, but my iPod seems to be rather finicky (it’s fairly old), and on chapter 63 of 70 it started glitching out, and wouldn’t let me listen to the rest, so… I had to get a paperback copy from the library. I’ve got about five chapters left. It’s just so long!


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Wednesday with Words: The Sweetest Days

Hello, all! I know it’s been a while since my last Wednesday with Words, but I wanted to get back in the habit, as it were, so what better time to start then during a break week from school? I’ve been reading a lot this week, but mostly I’ve been trying to work on the Anne of Green Gables series. I’ve never read all of the books before, but now I’m on the fourth one (Anne of Windy Poplars), so what better quote to share today than one from this delightful series?

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On my reading list this week:

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier: My mom got this for me for Valentines day (it’s a family tradition to get ‘books and chocolate’ for Valentines. We also another of his books, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which mom had been reading aloud to us during lunch time.

Onward by Russell Moore: My dad got this a year or so ago (I think???) for Christmas. At that time, I did skim through it, but I decided to make a more careful read through this time around. 🙂


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Wednesday with Words: The God Who Is There

It’s a new year, but I’m still working on some of my school books from 2016. One of them is Francis Shaeffer’s Trilogy, a collection of three of his books, including The God Who Is There. In this day and age, when many people reduce humans to very intelligent animals  or some kind of biological machine, this quote provides an interesting contrast:

To ask that man should have been made so that he was not able to revolt is to ask that God’s creation should have ceased after He created plants and animals. It is to ask that man should be reduced to machine programming. It is to ask that man as man should not exist.

Francis Schaeffer,

The God Who Is There

On my reading list this week:

Starcross by Philip Reeve: I really enjoyed the first book of this whimsical steampunk series, Larklight, and I want to finish the second book. I got it as an audiobook from the library, but what with school and trying to finish up Little Dorrit, I’ve gotten a bit sidetracked.

The Hacked World Order by Adam Segal: Another library book I’m trying to finish. I may or may not be researching something for a project… 😉

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Wednesday with Words: The Truth and the Shadow

Wow. I can’t believe that it’s December already! It seems like just yesterday I started school again, and now I’ve finished several of my books… And, since it’s December, the Christmas month, I thought I’d share this quote from Athanasius’s On the Incarnation. In this part of the book, he is arguing against the assertions of the Jews that the Messiah has not yet come.

When did prophet and vision cease from Israel? Was it not when Christ came, the Holy One of holies? It is, in fact, a sign and notable proof of the coming of the Word that Jerusalem no longer stands, neither is prophet raised up nor vision revealed among them. And it is natural that it should be so, for when He that was signified had come, what need was there any longer of any so signify Him? And when the Truth had come, of what further need was there of the shadow?

Athanasius, On the Incarnation

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Wednesday with Words: A Good Book

Anthony Esolen’s Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Child is a favorite book of both me and my mom . (Quotes from the book have actually been featured in other Wednesday with Words posts on this blog) In the book, Mr. Esolen examines the various ways in which we stifle our children’s imaginations; dreary education without real facts, keeping them mostly inside, killing their love of literature. I highly recommend this book and its companion volume Life Under Compulsion to everyone.

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Wednesday with Words: The Soul

Unfortunately, I have yet another Roots of American Order quote. There’s just so much good stuff, so many interesting ideas that I can’t help myself. Please forgive me. 😛

From the rise of civilization onward, there had been men – poets, prophets, philosophers – who had groped for knowledge of the soul. What is the soul? In the dictionary’s definition it is “a substantial entity believed to be that in each person which lives, feels, thinks, and wills.” It is the essence of a human being – what moves his body and gives him his self-consciousness. Though bound up with the physical body, the soul is not identical with that body. The soul is “you” and “I”. We are aware of a personal identity which is not simply a name or a collection of organic tissues. If we are moral beings, it is because we have souls: that is, a spirit within each of us, the soul, somehow permeates or directs mind and body. It is the soul which distinguishes human beings from inanimate objects, plants, and the lower animals.

Russell Kirk,

The Roots of American Order

On my reading list this week:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas: The second book in the super popular Throne of Glass series. Still thoroughly confused by the main character, Celaena’s, flip-flopping personality. One moment she’s all ruthless and assassin-like and stalking around the castle in a swirling black cloak, and next she’s curled up in bed, with a puppy dog, for goodness sake, reading a book and being all cutesy. I really do not understand this at all. (For a fuller explanation, read my review of Throne of Glass, which tackles this weird dual-personality issue).

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Allan Bradly: Yay!!! The next Flavia de Luce has finally come out, and I’ve been listening to the audiobook version. When I have time, of course… 🙂

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Wednesday with Words: Zion

Yes, its another Roots of American Order quote. It’s just such an interesting book! Russell Kirk views the roots of law and order through a biblical lens, tracing them all the way back to Israel, a little nation of people who were chosen by God to be his people. They weren’t powerful, or wealthy. They didn’t even have a real king, for a while, at least. But God chose them, even with all their failings.

Israel and Judah were petty states, not very different in political structure from some other petty states of the ancient Levant; as states, they perished under the might of the vast empires that had menaced them from their beginnings. It is not Jerusalem the political capital that signifies much: it is Jerusalem -repeatedly ruined and depopulated, but always rising from the ashes- as Zion, the home of the name of God, that looms immense.

Russell Kirk,

The Roots of American Order

On my reading list this week:

Inquisitor by Anela Deen: I won a micro fiction contest over on Anela’s blog, and in the congratulatory email she sent me, she asked me if I wanted a copy of the third book in her amazing sci-fi series (I’d read the two previous ones and reviewed them on Goodreads, and she’d seen that I enjoyed them 🙂 ) I haven’t actually started it yet. I want to! I should. But, school…

Founding Father by Richard Brookhiser: I guess there’s a lot I don’t know about George Washington, and a lot most people don’t know either. This book takes a close look at his story. (Spoiler alert! He never chopped down that cherry tree…)

The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson: A rather disturbing book about strange goings on in a tiny American village. I’ve only read the first few chapters, and my mom told me that I’ve got to decide for myself whether I think it was really ‘witchcraft’ or whatever, so, no opinions yet.

And, a note to those who have been faithfully following my Wednesday with Words posts: Yes, I did (finally) finish The Books of Elsewhere, after taking forever to read the last one. It was great, actually! I’m glad I read it. Now, I just have to finish Bleak House, and the Auralia Thread, and the Lunar Chronicles…

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