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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6300 on: June 02, 2020, 02:10:35 PM »
Last weekend it would have been the local mediaeval fair (which has been deferred to September), so I kept reading my Enchanted Living magazine stash to console myself.

Now the IFA summer reading challenge has kicked off, which means it's going to be a steady diet of indie fantasy for the next 3 months. and this is the first.

'Evil isn't the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as evil, maybe more so, and it's a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against stupid. That might actually make a difference.'~Harry Dresden

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6301 on: June 03, 2020, 10:52:01 AM »

The plot is: Pope [Francis] dies and a new pope needs to be elected; lots of scheming and voting follows. (Semi-spoiler: strange twist shoehorned in at the end.)


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All things cry out about you
those which speak, and those which cannot speak
all things honour you
those which think, and those which cannot think.
For there is one longing, one groaning, that all things have for you.
All things pray to you that comprehend your plan
and offer you a silent hymn.
In you, the One, all things abide
and all things endlessly run to you
who are the end of all.
And you are the One, and All, and none of them--
being not one thing, not all things
(Hymn 1, 1, 29; PG 37, 507-08)
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"And Moses said to the children of Israel, 'Because ye have wept and have asked for flesh, behold the Lord will give you flesh to eat; not one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, but a month of days shall ye eat, until it goeth out of your nostrils, and becometh nauseous to you.'" (The Book of the Bee, 30)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6302 on: June 08, 2020, 06:12:33 PM »
Shame by Shelby Steele
Is any of the above Orthodox?  I have no idea, so there’s that.

Pray for me, a wretched sinner.

Jacob wrestled with God all through the night.  At the break of day, he became Israel.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6303 on: June 08, 2020, 08:04:33 PM »
Sorry Fr. I never finished the 300 Chapters. (back to that then, I think I was on #50 or I might as well start from #1)

The Jesus Prayer was quite prominent in the Nouwen book, though.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6304 on: June 09, 2020, 09:03:17 PM »
Hinds' Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard
Already choking up.
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Is any of the above Orthodox?  I have no idea, so there’s that.

Pray for me, a wretched sinner.

Jacob wrestled with God all through the night.  At the break of day, he became Israel.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6305 on: June 10, 2020, 05:08:00 AM »
Inherited husband's tablet, gave the reading app on there a trial run with three short stories in one evening:

'Evil isn't the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as evil, maybe more so, and it's a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against stupid. That might actually make a difference.'~Harry Dresden

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6306 on: June 11, 2020, 12:24:08 AM »
The new book by Fr. John McGuckin out this year (The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History) has a dust jacket that has such a waxy feel to it, eww. I mean, yeah, only barbarians read books with the jackets still on, but how does something like this even exist?
"And Moses said to the children of Israel, 'Because ye have wept and have asked for flesh, behold the Lord will give you flesh to eat; not one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, but a month of days shall ye eat, until it goeth out of your nostrils, and becometh nauseous to you.'" (The Book of the Bee, 30)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6307 on: June 14, 2020, 07:09:00 PM »
Greece : Biography of a Modern Nation / Roderick Beaton.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6308 on: June 16, 2020, 07:18:49 PM »
A bunch of pieces on race and racism from the archives of The Atlantic.
'Evil isn't the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as evil, maybe more so, and it's a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against stupid. That might actually make a difference.'~Harry Dresden

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6309 on: June 29, 2020, 09:16:01 AM »
Howard Zinn - A People's History of United States

Listening on Audible. I asked for recommendations on US history
books on some thread few years back and this was what came up.  I like it thus far but it seems like a political commentary as much as history. Slightly annoying even if I didn't disagree with the author.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6310 on: June 29, 2020, 08:22:39 PM »
Now that you mention it, I don't think I've read anything attempting a general history of the U.S. since Jr. High... nearly 30 years ago :-[ I just picked up an older version of this one on eBay for $3.75, so back to school time...
"And Moses said to the children of Israel, 'Because ye have wept and have asked for flesh, behold the Lord will give you flesh to eat; not one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, but a month of days shall ye eat, until it goeth out of your nostrils, and becometh nauseous to you.'" (The Book of the Bee, 30)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6311 on: June 30, 2020, 12:26:09 AM »
^Same for me when it comes to history of Finland. I always felt our history was boring compared to, say, Middle East. I realized at some point that I've forgotten much of what I've learned and bought this one. Still waiting for right moment.  :angel:


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6312 on: June 30, 2020, 08:11:57 AM »
Now that you mention it, I don't think I've read anything attempting a general history of the U.S. since Jr. High... nearly 30 years ago :-[ I just picked up an older version of this one on eBay for $3.75, so back to school time...

I'm lucky in that there's a site where I can download all the Greek textbooks in current use for free. I should have a read at some point, because there have been at least two rewrites since I was in school.
'Evil isn't the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as evil, maybe more so, and it's a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against stupid. That might actually make a difference.'~Harry Dresden

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