And So We Say Farewell to Another Year of Bookclub

If we had a theme for this past year, I’d say it was finding joy in the midst of trials. We learned about fighting the wars within ourselves and coming out the victor instead of the victim. Ironically, the books might not have even been about that topic, but they lead into such discussions. From there, we always came back feeling rejuvenated and hopeful. Take a look through these books and maybe you’ll come back feeling the same way.

The only books that are not shown is The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson because I borrowed that one and The Wishing Jar by Penelope J. Stokes because it is being borrowed.
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Today And Today Alone

Right when I thought my time for traveling was over, hello, off I went again! To my limited knowledge though, my busy travels ought to be finished. (Thanks by the way for your patience during sporadic posting) So, by now I have thousands of books to review, (slight exaggeration but you get the point!) several brilliant bookclub points to discuss, (You’re allowed to roll your eyes at my sarcasm) and accounts of where all I’ve been. BUT for today, let’s just start off with something simple. I’ll get rolling a little bit later. (It’s hard to get back in the swing of things after a fabulous summer)

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It’s midday. Time for a pick-me-up! What’s a better quote to do that than Karon’s reminder to take one day at a time. Doesn’t that sound so much more relaxing compared to freaking about tomorrow…and then worrying about tomorrow’s effects on next week which end results affect next month….etcetera etcetera. All that worrying is so stressful for one day! Stick with today and today alone. But don’t forget to also cling to the Maker of your day. He’s got every stressful detail under control.

Words of Truth

When you’re looking for some quick words of inspiration, who is you’re go to supplier? The great poets, philosophers, or politicians? The list of wise people could span to eternity. Yet, among these great thinkers, Agatha Christie doesn’t often appear at the top. Oh, of course she wrote brilliant novels and constantly boggled our minds, but as far as wisdom goes, she didn’t excel at it like others in her profession. Or did she? She may not be any Socrates, but have we completely underestimated her?

To be honest, she’s never been high on my list either. (Now ask me about G. K. Chesterton. That’s a completely different story.) But sometimes I am astonished by the gems implemented throughout her writings.

This is one example:

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Isn’t this a beautiful quote?

Even though hideous when faced pointblank, isn’t truth a relief when ultimately found?

For instance:

Truth may come in the form of a medical diagnosis. You found out that something is indeed wrong with you. (and that can get pretty ugly) But isn’t it a relief to know what it is instead of living in the dark? Now you can work on a cure!

Truth may come in a spiritual form. You realize that you’re not as perfect as you thought, (speaking of ugly!!!) but isn’t it a relief to know there’s One to save?

 

What is your opinion on Agatha Christie? Do you consider her a hidden Confucius or one who had the talent to surprise us in more ways than one?

Just Because

I look back at doing the Three Day Quote Challenge as others would look back on their weekend vacation. “How can it be done already!?” I groan to myself. “I was having so much fun!” Yet, who said I had to stop? (I mean, seriously now?) So, for no reason other than just because, here is a bonus quote.  Read more

Quote Challenge: Day One

I owe my new blogging buddy, Writing Like Crazy a huge thank you for choosing me to do this challenge.How fun!!! 😀

I know I’m really supposed to find one quote per day….but I found two instead. O:)

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Have we not seen this with both the Nazis and within terrorism? Interestingly enough, Heine’s books were burned during the Nazi’s campaign to erase un-german philosophy.

 

On a related note….

 

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What is a dictatorial government’s first line of defense? A lot of the times, it’s ignorance. The public must not be able to think for themselves but instead be told what to think. Why do you think North Korea has banned the classics and other books from the West? What would have happened if Heine’s quote would have been found in Nazi Germany? Horror upon horrors: would it have been taken seriously? Would someone have actually started thinking? OOOOH, scary!!! It’s simple: read a book, stop a dictator. 😉

 

Now, the hardest decision of the day: who to tag?

A Glimpse of Starlight

Read Nothing Yet

The Clipped Butterfly

 

 

 

Saturday’s Book Quote

If you remember on Tuesday, I was in an awful predicament. It was my rule to post at least a quote per week (you could call it my quote quota….don’t strain yourself laughing) but I broke it twice consecutively! In consequence, I had to catch up and finally did so tonight.  Read more

Friday’s Book Quote

 ” When people tire of the forty-eight minute television novel, they will yearn for a more substantial book within whose covers they can live imaginatively for weeks. The eighteenth-century discursive-type novel will enjoy a vigorous rebirth, because readers will demand it.” – The World Is My Home, A Memoir by James A. Michener

 

Let me tell you a secret: I have never read this book. Instead, I found the quote in an introduction.

Michael Phillips, author of Legend of the Celtic Stone, shares his love for the thick novel and quotes this piece as support to his view. He thinks of them as a succulent meal which ought to last for weeks. I must admit, I fully agree with him. Though exceedingly intimidating, once you give the ten ton book a go, they’re not half so bad. They may even become your friend.