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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2250 on: February 22, 2012, 11:53:41 PM »
Right now, I'm reading St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton. I'm about half way through and I really like it. This is first writing of his that I've read.
The first of his? PLEASE read Orthodoxy first then The Everlasting Man.

I will do that. I own The Everlasting Man but I will have to get Orthodoxy from the library. I plan on reading both.
Although I like both books, I have always appreciated Everlasting Man a great deal more.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2251 on: February 22, 2012, 11:53:41 PM »
You are right. I apologize for having sacked Constantinople. I really need to stop doing that.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2252 on: February 23, 2012, 09:16:08 AM »
Right now, I'm reading St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton. I'm about half way through and I really like it. This is first writing of his that I've read.
The first of his? PLEASE read Orthodoxy first then The Everlasting Man.

I will do that. I own The Everlasting Man but I will have to get Orthodoxy from the library. I plan on reading both.
Although I like both books, I have always appreciated Everlasting Man a great deal more.

Thanks. I will definitely read that next. I really like St. Francis of Assisi. Its short, but a really good read. It opened up my eyes quite a bit to St. Francis. I have the second volume of the Chesterton collected works which contains St. Francis, The Everlasting Man, and St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2253 on: February 23, 2012, 09:22:03 AM »
I have read "The Ratzinger Report," which came out when he was still a Cardinal, I think. And I also read his book "Jesus of Nazareth." I enjoyed them both. Haven't read his book on Holy Week yet.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2254 on: February 23, 2012, 09:59:27 AM »
Very frazzled yesterday. Read some more of 2 Maccabees, and Revelation. It helped.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2255 on: February 23, 2012, 11:57:57 AM »
Right now, I'm reading St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton. I'm about half way through and I really like it. This is first writing of his that I've read.
The first of his? PLEASE read Orthodoxy first then The Everlasting Man.

I will do that. I own The Everlasting Man but I will have to get Orthodoxy from the library. I plan on reading both.
Although I like both books, I have always appreciated Everlasting Man a great deal more.

Thanks. I will definitely read that next. I really like St. Francis of Assisi. Its short, but a really good read. It opened up my eyes quite a bit to St. Francis. I have the second volume of the Chesterton collected works which contains St. Francis, The Everlasting Man, and St. Thomas Aquinas.


Hey, that's the one I have. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2256 on: March 02, 2012, 05:44:43 AM »
Taking a break from Gogol. Now reading Travels in Four Dimensions for school.

Also, The Annotated Alice (definitive edition) and Assimov's Foundation.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2257 on: March 02, 2012, 06:07:05 AM »
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Becoming Orthodox by Peter Gilquist

The Pearl of Great Price: The Life of Mother Maria Skobtsova by Sergei Hackel



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« Reply #2258 on: March 02, 2012, 06:36:49 AM »
The Gospel books.

And the Ressurection of the son of God by NT Wright.
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« Reply #2259 on: March 03, 2012, 12:30:22 PM »
Very frazzled yesterday.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2260 on: March 03, 2012, 12:33:55 PM »
Thank you so much!  :):angel:

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2261 on: March 06, 2012, 07:57:45 AM »
Just recently finished the fourth book of the Rainbow Series, an Introduction to the Orthodox Church by the guy who built Conciliar Press, and now I'm about half way through Light in the Darkness (I'd be done with it if I didn't wind up writing 40% of it down), next I'm starting Great Lent by Schmemann.  Then, hopefully, An Overview of Orthodox Canon Law by Metropolitan Panteleimon Rodopoulos will have arrived from Amazon.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2262 on: March 06, 2012, 09:21:41 AM »
Just went on Audible, and I found this: "'Nine for the Devil: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery, Book 9.'" It's by Mary Reed. The blurb reads as follows:

"The year is 548, and Empress Theodora is dead of disease. Such is the belief of everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire - everyone except Emperor Justinian, who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find her murderer or suffer the consequences.

There is no sign of foul play, but many of the aristocrats at the imperial court had good reason to want Theodora dead. Suspects include General Artabanes, forced to occupy a house with an unloved wife, and Justinian’s cousin Germanus, who has seen his career blocked. Also suspect are Antonina and her husband, General Belisarius, enraged by Theodora’s attempt to marry their daughter to her grandson by compelling the young couple to live together. Could the exiled and much hated former tax collector John the Cappadocian have played a role? Might Gaius, palace physician, have tampered with Theodora’s medication? Pope Vigilius, who was detained in the capital due to a religious controversy, is not above suspicion. Even friends of John the Lord Chamberlain are acting strangely, including Anatolius the lawyer and Felix, captain of the palace guards.

As if it isn’t difficult enough to seek a murderer who seems to be a figment of the emperor’s grief-deranged imagination, John must also grapple with domestic upheavals. His daughter, living on an estate outside of the city, is about to give birth, and his aging servant, Peter, is dying. Will John be able to serve justice, his loved ones, and the emperor?"

Wow, the Eastern Empire. Neat!   ;D
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2263 on: March 06, 2012, 10:30:05 AM »
Wow! John Lord Chamberlain books, I'm going to have to look for those! Patricia Briggs is having a booksigning tonight, and as she's the only NYT bestselling author who's also been a customer of mine, I'm practically obligated to go and buy at least one of her books (such a hardship, lol!). That will cover me for fiction for a while, though.

Currently reading "The Ancestral Sin" by John Romanides.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2264 on: March 13, 2012, 02:13:09 PM »
I just got Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat.  Her father was Russian Orthodox, so she was raised Orthodox Christian in Iran.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2265 on: March 13, 2012, 02:50:22 PM »
Finished the Bible a few weeks ago. Highly recommended.

St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word of God. It was good to read, but it didn't live up to the hype for me.

How the Irish Saved Civilization: I loved this book, even though I'm not Irish, and in spite of a few inaccuracies.

Currently reading the Phikokalia: besides the Bible, this might be the most exciting thing I've ever read. Some people would find that weird.

Also currently reading Calvin's Institutes, the dimmest view of human nature ever, probably reflecting the state of society around him.

And The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which is what I read after Calvin to make myself feel better.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2266 on: March 15, 2012, 05:21:37 PM »
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest For What Makes Us Human, by V.S. Ramachandran
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« Reply #2267 on: March 16, 2012, 08:44:13 AM »
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest For What Makes Us Human, by V.S. Ramachandran

Ah, yes. A classic Lenten Season read, that one.  :D
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« Reply #2268 on: March 18, 2012, 02:25:32 PM »
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest For What Makes Us Human, by V.S. Ramachandran

Ah, yes. A classic Lenten Season read, that one.  :D

 :P

Some of it is pretty interesting, some...

I also recently read a book on free will by Sam Harris. Sort of meh. Was very let down.
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« Reply #2269 on: March 19, 2012, 10:04:09 AM »
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest For What Makes Us Human, by V.S. Ramachandran

Ah, yes. A classic Lenten Season read, that one.  :D

 :P

Some of it is pretty interesting, some...

I also recently read a book on free will by Sam Harris. Sort of meh. Was very let down.

Let me guess... The Moral Landscape?

Okay, I confess: In addition to some Christian books I've been reading for Lent, I've also been dipping into The Borderlands of Science, by Michael Shermer. And I'm about halfway through Demon Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan. Not exactly Lenten reading, either.  :-[ :)
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« Reply #2270 on: March 19, 2012, 10:35:40 AM »
LOL@your "Lenten" reading ... it does a mind good!  ;D   But the book by Harris wasn't The Moral Landscape (which I've also read), but this one:



Very short book, and not a whole lot of meat to it either.  At least it didn't read like an I'm-purposely-going-to-be-as-boring-as-possible philosophy text.
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« Reply #2271 on: March 20, 2012, 04:26:47 PM »
Just picked up the newest book by your favorite Bible scholar and mine... . . Bart D. Ehrman!  ;D



Here's a snippet from the introduction:

"Every week I receive two or three e-mails asking me whether Jesus existed as a human being. When I started getting these e-mails, some years ago now, I thought the question was rather peculiar and I did not take it seriously. Of course Jesus existed. Everyone knows he existed. Don't they?"

He argues that, yes, Jesus did exist. Still too early to tell what I think overall, however.

EDIT--I said "to" when I should have said "too"
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2273 on: March 20, 2012, 04:49:47 PM »
My package just arrived in the mail, and am very excited to begin reading:

Shepherd of Souls - The Life and Teachings of Elder Cleopa, Master of Inner Prayer and Spiritual Father of Romania (1912 - 1998), by Archimandrite Ioanichie Balan. (St. Herman Press).

http://www.stherman.com/Catalog/Lives_of_Saints/Cleopa_book.htm
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2274 on: March 20, 2012, 04:50:46 PM »
Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

http://www.amazon.com/Father-Arseny-1893-1973-Narratives-Concerning/dp/0881411809

Amazing, precious book, that one! True Christian love in action.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2275 on: March 20, 2012, 07:50:04 PM »
"Soul Murder," Andrew Nugent.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2276 on: March 20, 2012, 07:50:36 PM »
Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

http://www.amazon.com/Father-Arseny-1893-1973-Narratives-Concerning/dp/0881411809

I have that on audiobook somewhere.   :angel:
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« Reply #2277 on: March 20, 2012, 07:54:41 PM »
Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

http://www.amazon.com/Father-Arseny-1893-1973-Narratives-Concerning/dp/0881411809

Been too long since I read that (and the sequel)...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2278 on: March 28, 2012, 02:30:42 AM »
At the moment, I am reading Thomas Merton's The Seven Story Mountain as well as The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2279 on: March 28, 2012, 03:42:10 AM »
At the moment, I am reading Thomas Merton's The Seven Story Mountain as well as The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West.


The Seven Storey Mountain is a wonderful book. Take your time and enjoy it. It's got to be in my top 5 favorite books.


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« Reply #2280 on: March 28, 2012, 03:49:12 AM »
Have You Seen the One I Love: Contemplations on the Song of Songs

by H.H. Pope Shenouda III


One of those books where my highlighter ran out quickly. Might as well highlight the entire book. Great stuff! So deeply edifying and comforting thus far.



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« Reply #2281 on: March 28, 2012, 07:57:38 AM »
Philokalia: The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality, by Anthony M. Coniaris
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« Reply #2282 on: March 29, 2012, 10:20:24 PM »
About 10 years ago I gave my Dad some books, and I just got them back to read again!  I feel like it's Christmas morning or something, except in this case I wasn't the one who recently ordered them, waited for them to arrive, opened the box, wrapped them, put them under the tree, and looking on longingly for weeks waiting to open them. Er... in other words, getting them this time came as a surprise, but it's always fun to get books  ;D

Saint Nektarios: The Saint of Our Century, by Sotos Chondropoulos
The Roots of Christian Mysticism: Texts From the Patristic Era With Commentary, by Olivier Clement
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2283 on: March 29, 2012, 10:22:27 PM »
"The Red Dahlia," by Lydia LaPlante.
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« Reply #2284 on: April 01, 2012, 02:07:16 AM »
Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2285 on: April 01, 2012, 02:29:47 AM »
The Didache, or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.

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« Reply #2286 on: April 01, 2012, 01:00:22 PM »
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« Reply #2287 on: April 02, 2012, 11:18:55 AM »
The Dresden Files

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« Reply #2288 on: April 03, 2012, 10:52:23 AM »
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« Reply #2289 on: April 03, 2012, 10:56:35 AM »
The Fort by Bernard Cornwell.
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« Reply #2290 on: April 03, 2012, 02:07:52 PM »
"Death's Jest Book," Reginald Hill.
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« Reply #2291 on: April 03, 2012, 02:15:46 PM »
Historical: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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I finished American Sphinx and am now working on Doris K Goodwin's Team of Rivals (Lincoln's presidency and cabinet).

I finished LOTR and am now working on Game of Thrones, first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire.

I'm still working on my spiritual book quoted above.
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« Reply #2292 on: April 03, 2012, 05:46:13 PM »
Rock of Ages - Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, by Stephen Jay Gould
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2293 on: April 03, 2012, 05:47:12 PM »
Father Arseny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

http://www.amazon.com/Father-Arseny-1893-1973-Narratives-Concerning/dp/0881411809

Amazing, precious book, that one! True Christian love in action.

yes sir, that does seem to be the case :)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2294 on: April 05, 2012, 04:07:50 AM »
Going to start The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soon; contemplating starting on A Song of Fire and Ice as well... hmmm...
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