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« Reply #2025 on: November 18, 2011, 04:37:44 PM »

"Altered States," Paddy Chayefsky. So scary, I couldn't finish it on the first day.
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« Reply #2026 on: November 18, 2011, 06:20:01 PM »

"Altered States," Paddy Chayefsky. So scary, I couldn't finish it on the first day.
There's a movie of it too.
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« Reply #2027 on: November 18, 2011, 07:36:37 PM »

Which I've seen.  Smiley
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« Reply #2028 on: November 18, 2011, 07:43:27 PM »

Sylvia Lopez-Medina's Cantora.

It had a good review from Oscar Hijuelos (LOVE) on the front cover, so I decided to go for it.
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« Reply #2029 on: November 19, 2011, 11:15:18 AM »

I am reading a book by Igor Bunich (1937-2004), titled, "The Gold of the Party" ("Zoloto Partii," in Russian). A thorough investigation of the "financial side" of the Communist Party of the USSR, including its connections with various international banks and corporations. I am almost done with this book, and it becomes even more interesting and intriguing towards the end. I especially enjoyed the author's psychological portraits of Yuriy Andropov and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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« Reply #2030 on: November 20, 2011, 07:51:08 PM »

I know this is basic, but I want to post about it to share my joy -- I finished reading St. Seraphim of Sarov's "On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."

I've gotten so off track with my studies Sad , being caught up with practical church issues, but I pray that with this fast that I can get back on track with my prayer rule and reading, in addition to working with my priest, godparents, and other church activities.
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« Reply #2031 on: November 20, 2011, 08:33:04 PM »

I know this is basic, but I want to post about it to share my joy -- I finished reading St. Seraphim of Sarov's "On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."

I've gotten so off track with my studies Sad , being caught up with practical church issues, but I pray that with this fast that I can get back on track with my prayer rule and reading, in addition to working with my priest, godparents, and other church activities.
Good! I know how you feel though. I considered it a personal triumph when I finished St. Innocent's Way into the Kingdom of Heaven even though it's just a pamphlet. Baby steps.
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« Reply #2032 on: November 20, 2011, 08:34:34 PM »

I know this is basic, but I want to post about it to share my joy -- I finished reading St. Seraphim of Sarov's "On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."

I've gotten so off track with my studies Sad , being caught up with practical church issues, but I pray that with this fast that I can get back on track with my prayer rule and reading, in addition to working with my priest, godparents, and other church activities.
May the Theotokos help you & Mr. Ismi reach your goals.
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« Reply #2033 on: November 25, 2011, 07:27:07 PM »

http://www.scribd.com/doc/73780543/Monastic-Liturgy
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« Reply #2034 on: November 25, 2011, 09:10:05 PM »



I purchased this book after I saw you posted it. In a word, fascinating. Have any other recommendations?
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« Reply #2035 on: November 25, 2011, 10:03:44 PM »

I've been trying to get back to regular Bible reading. This week I'm on the Book of Psalms.
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« Reply #2036 on: November 26, 2011, 02:15:03 PM »

I started three books the other day.  laugh I can't decide which ones to follow up on.

Volume 1 of Pelikan's history of Christian doctrine

Natalie Zemon Davis- The Return of Martin Geuere

The Collected Works of Flannery O'Connor (Currently on Wise Blood)
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« Reply #2037 on: November 26, 2011, 02:36:57 PM »

Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal retold by Ramsay Wood
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« Reply #2038 on: November 26, 2011, 02:46:21 PM »

I started three books the other day.  laugh I can't decide which ones to follow up on.

Volume 1 of Pelikan's history of Christian doctrine

Natalie Zemon Davis- The Return of Martin Geuere

The Collected Works of Flannery O'Connor (Currently on Wise Blood)

I want to read Pelikan. About seven or so years ago I heard an interview with him and I living with some Jesuits and I read some of his stuff and was impressed.

Flannery O'Connor is great. Get the film Wise Blood. It is fantastic. And you get see one of America's greatest character actors as a young man play a protagonist, Brad Dourif.
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« Reply #2039 on: November 26, 2011, 03:32:21 PM »

Was at a buddy's house and picked up a couple books from him. This is one:



The Saint who scandalized a younger Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh by drinking beer and smoking openly in her monastic robes while unbeknownst to him dying daily giving her life to save others.

Been "avoiding" her. As I say, I ain't into holopr0n. I heard one version of life read in the parish and I could barely "keep it together". She was the real deal.

How her life ended depresses the hell out of me and I how she lived it depresses the hell out of me. Saw this at my buddy's and figured it was time to read a Saint whose life in an unfortunate way touches mine.

When the Jews in occupied lands had to wear the Star of David and other Christians said it wasn't a Christian problem, she said:

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For that one line alone: There is no such thing as a "Christian" Problem. She reminds us of our fundamental calling.

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"What can human malice mean to thee, who have heard the thunder from Sinai?"

Indeed, how much less can human malice mean to we, who claim to have heard the groans from Calvary?

St. Mary Skobtsova pray for us!
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« Reply #2040 on: November 26, 2011, 04:00:33 PM »

I just finished The Once and Future King by TH White.
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« Reply #2041 on: November 26, 2011, 04:34:55 PM »

I just finished The Once and Future King by TH White.

Good one!   Smiley

I've got lots of stuff to finish, including the new Asa Larsson, 'Until Thy Wrath be Past.'
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« Reply #2042 on: November 26, 2011, 05:43:37 PM »

Flannery O'Connor is great. Get the film Wise Blood. It is fantastic. And you get see one of America's greatest character actors as a young man play a protagonist, Brad Dourif.
Will do. Thanks.

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« Reply #2043 on: November 27, 2011, 12:46:43 AM »

Flannery O'Connor is great. Get the film Wise Blood. It is fantastic. And you get see one of America's greatest character actors as a young man play a protagonist, Brad Dourif.
Will do. Thanks.

And I'm really enjoying Pelikan.


Flannery O'Connor is the Queen of Southern Writers, IMO. My parents are from her hometown of Milledgeville, GA, and my grandmother knew Ms. Oconnor quite well. It's just too bad that most literature professors fail to recognize the profound Christian symbolism in her writing. This makes me want to revisit some of her works. Thanks.  Smiley


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« Reply #2044 on: November 30, 2011, 03:06:44 PM »

"Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy" by Martin Lindstrom.

I knew about some of the tricks (baked potato chips in matte bags versus shiny bags), but reading about some of these experiments...yikes. Makes me not want to purchase anything anymore, although then again, I purchased the book!
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« Reply #2045 on: November 30, 2011, 03:23:52 PM »

The Flying Inn by Chesterton
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« Reply #2046 on: November 30, 2011, 06:17:56 PM »

Flannery O'Connor is great. Get the film Wise Blood. It is fantastic. And you get see one of America's greatest character actors as a young man play a protagonist, Brad Dourif.
Will do. Thanks.

And I'm really enjoying Pelikan.


Flannery O'Connor is the Queen of Southern Writers, IMO. My parents are from her hometown of Milledgeville, GA, and my grandmother knew Ms. Oconnor quite well. It's just too bad that most literature professors fail to recognize the profound Christian symbolism in her writing. This makes me want to revisit some of her works. Thanks.  Smiley


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« Reply #2047 on: November 30, 2011, 06:35:53 PM »

"Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy" by Martin Lindstrom.

I knew about some of the tricks (baked potato chips in matte bags versus shiny bags), but reading about some of these experiments...yikes. Makes me not want to purchase anything anymore, although then again, I purchased the book!

If you only really knew . . . I mean seriously.

I often wonder if I have any soul left after sitting through some of the stuff I've had to listen to. Or taken part in doing.

All for the joy of scraping by in life.
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« Reply #2048 on: November 30, 2011, 06:40:33 PM »

"Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy" by Martin Lindstrom.

I knew about some of the tricks (baked potato chips in matte bags versus shiny bags), but reading about some of these experiments...yikes. Makes me not want to purchase anything anymore, although then again, I purchased the book!

If you only really knew . . . I mean seriously.

I often wonder if I have any soul left after sitting through some of the stuff I've had to listen to. Or taken part in doing.

All for the joy of scraping by in life.

I found an old order once.  There was a note in the margin: "There is a new manufacturer for this part and the price has dropped considerably.  I don't want the customer coming back and asking why they were charged so much back then and it is so low now.  See you all in hell."
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« Reply #2049 on: November 30, 2011, 06:48:24 PM »

OMG Vamrat, I would have laughed in horror after seeing that.

And Orthonorm, again, another chapter to your memoir...you need to chop-chop on that so I can add it to my reading list.  Cool

BTW, a rec here. I have a few more pages to go, but the aforementioned poster said something about "The Paradox of Choice" by Barry Schwartz. Another good book related to the psychology of choice and how we may have too much choice in our society today...I wholeheartedly agree and reading the book is making me more and more depressed.
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« Reply #2050 on: November 30, 2011, 06:49:29 PM »

"Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy" by Martin Lindstrom.

I knew about some of the tricks (baked potato chips in matte bags versus shiny bags), but reading about some of these experiments...yikes. Makes me not want to purchase anything anymore, although then again, I purchased the book!

If you only really knew . . . I mean seriously.

I often wonder if I have any soul left after sitting through some of the stuff I've had to listen to. Or taken part in doing.

All for the joy of scraping by in life.

I found an old order once.  There was a note in the margin: "There is a new manufacturer for this part and the price has dropped considerably.  I don't want the customer coming back and asking why they were charged so much back then and it is so low now.  See you all in hell."

At least it is honest and hilarious. I am amongst the true believers.
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« Reply #2051 on: November 30, 2011, 08:02:01 PM »

Speaking of, this book looked really interesting. Has anyone read it? http://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Under-Siege-Business-Children/dp/1439121206/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2
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« Reply #2052 on: November 30, 2011, 08:06:21 PM »

Speaking of, this book looked really interesting. Has anyone read it? http://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Under-Siege-Business-Children/dp/1439121206/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

Crystal, again I can't recommend highly enough Neil Postman's The Disappearance of Childhood.
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« Reply #2053 on: November 30, 2011, 08:53:05 PM »

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« Reply #2054 on: December 01, 2011, 06:19:15 AM »

The Hunger Games. The bestie suckered me into it. And now the books have taken over my life; I feel like everything is
on hold until I can finish them. & I'm on the last one with 200 pages left to go andit's2AMandIhaveworkin5hoursbutIdon'twanttostop.
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« Reply #2055 on: December 01, 2011, 08:42:43 AM »

The Hunger Games. The bestie suckered me into it. And now the books have taken over my life; I feel like everything is
on hold until I can finish them. & I'm on the last one with 200 pages left to go andit's2AMandIhaveworkin5hoursbutIdon'twanttostop.
Dangit.

Still trying to gnaw down Augustine's Confessions. In bits and pieces- going on like 4-6 months, I think. Idk. Lost count.
Shocked What time did you go to sleep!

Have been there, though! With both wanting to read until 4 or 5 AM and trying to get through Augustine! Ha. Smiley Sometimes it isn't good for me to go on reading for that long, because I'm tired, and then the words just kind of mush together after some point. I finished Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls" that way, and to be honest, I can't really remember the second half of the book too well.


But I just HAD to know the ending.

Ah, well, I learned my lesson.
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« Reply #2056 on: December 01, 2011, 11:02:41 AM »

Yeah, I actually finished both 1984 and Brave New World that way  laugh
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« Reply #2057 on: December 01, 2011, 10:58:12 PM »

The Hunger Games. The bestie suckered me into it. And now the books have taken over my life; I feel like everything is
on hold until I can finish them. & I'm on the last one with 200 pages left to go andit's2AMandIhaveworkin5hoursbutIdon'twanttostop.
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Have been there, though! With both wanting to read until 4 or 5 AM and trying to get through Augustine! Ha. Smiley Sometimes it isn't good for me to go on reading for that long, because I'm tired, and then the words just kind of mush together after some point. I finished Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls" that way, and to be honest, I can't really remember the second half of the book too well.


But I just HAD to know the ending.

Ah, well, I learned my lesson.

I forced myself to let go and I went to bed at 3 AM. I've just finished the book (and thus the trilogy). THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW GLORIOUS....

I think I'll keep dragging Augustine out for a while. The 5-10 minutes at a time that I can stand always seems to parellel my life not long after I've read it... but maybe that's just me.  Tongue

Yeah, I actually finished both 1984 and Brave New World that way  laugh

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« Reply #2058 on: December 02, 2011, 11:38:02 AM »

I still haven't finished Clash of Civilizations.  I got to a point that I had enough information to chew on.  On and off I have been reading "The Soviet Experiment" and old text book from college.
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« Reply #2059 on: December 02, 2011, 12:10:27 PM »

"Bloodline," Mark Billingham.
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« Reply #2060 on: December 03, 2011, 03:10:36 AM »

The Immanence of God, Borden Bowne.
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« Reply #2061 on: December 05, 2011, 12:22:53 AM »

"Jesus of Nazareth" by Pope Benedict XVI

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« Reply #2062 on: December 05, 2011, 01:13:58 AM »

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr Michael Pomazansky.
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« Reply #2063 on: December 05, 2011, 03:36:39 AM »

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr Michael Pomazansky.

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« Reply #2064 on: December 05, 2011, 04:04:54 AM »

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr Michael Pomazansky.

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Everyone should read it. I especially like this paragraph:

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This does not mean that the theological exposition of dogmas must take an unalterable form. Each epoch puts forth its own views, ways of understanding, questions, heresies and protests against Christian truth, or else repeats ancient ones which had been forgotten. Theology naturally takes into consideration the inquiries of each age, answers them, and sets forth the dogmatic truths accordingly. In this sense, one may speak about the development of dogmatic theology as a branch of learning. But there are no sufficient grounds for speaking about the development of the Christian teaching of faith itself.
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« Reply #2065 on: December 06, 2011, 12:07:02 AM »

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« Reply #2066 on: December 07, 2011, 05:42:02 PM »

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr Michael Pomazansky.

Me, too.   Smiley

Everyone should read it. I especially like this paragraph:

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This does not mean that the theological exposition of dogmas must take an unalterable form. Each epoch puts forth its own views, ways of understanding, questions, heresies and protests against Christian truth, or else repeats ancient ones which had been forgotten. Theology naturally takes into consideration the inquiries of each age, answers them, and sets forth the dogmatic truths accordingly. In this sense, one may speak about the development of dogmatic theology as a branch of learning. But there are no sufficient grounds for speaking about the development of the Christian teaching of faith itself.

  Can  you please provide a citation for your quote?  Within the next 24 hours would be fantastic.  thank you! 
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« Reply #2067 on: December 07, 2011, 06:16:36 PM »

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr Michael Pomazansky.

Me, too.   Smiley

Everyone should read it. I especially like this paragraph:

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This does not mean that the theological exposition of dogmas must take an unalterable form. Each epoch puts forth its own views, ways of understanding, questions, heresies and protests against Christian truth, or else repeats ancient ones which had been forgotten. Theology naturally takes into consideration the inquiries of each age, answers them, and sets forth the dogmatic truths accordingly. In this sense, one may speak about the development of dogmatic theology as a branch of learning. But there are no sufficient grounds for speaking about the development of the Christian teaching of faith itself.

  Can  you please provide a citation for your quote?  Within the next 24 hours would be fantastic.  thank you! 

Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr Michael Pomazansky.
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« Reply #2068 on: December 08, 2011, 03:15:25 PM »

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« Reply #2069 on: December 08, 2011, 03:44:00 PM »

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