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"We’ve been rearranging and reorganizing books at our house, a dangerous activity when trying to accomplish a task during precious leisure time — the lure of forgotten titles and favorite stories can be deliciously distracting, not to mention inspire a Friday Five theme. Share with us some of your favorites."1. A cookbook ~ Unprocessed. I rarely use cookbooks, so I'm sharing a "foodbook." ("Foodbook" is now a word because I just used it). I'm currently reading this foodbook, partly because I joined the 2015 Foodies Read Challenge. (Notice how handy the word has already become; I've used it three times in three consecutive sentences.) As a matter of fact, I am nibbling raw cauliflower as I look up books and compose this Friday Five.
2. A novel ~ Some Luck. I'm reading this for Tuesday evening's book club made up of women of my church and people they have introduced to the group. I've taken a couple of my friends, and I know the mother of one is also on the email list.
3. A nonfiction book ~ Witnessing Whiteness. I'm reading this one for an interfaith discussion with the Jewish synagogue next to my United Methodist Church. We live in St. Louis, and the Ferguson Commission report has generated lots of conversations on racism and what we can do about it.
5. An author you recommend frequently to others ~ Marcus J. Borg. I'm reading this last book published before he died.
Bonus: What are you reading now? A Heretic's Guide to Eternity. I'm reading all five of the books above, but I'll be happy to share one more. I'm reading this one with a Disciples of Christ pastor and a few of her parishioners, one of whom is my best friend Donna.
1. Context Matters
2. Faith Is a Journey
3. God Is Real and Is a Mystery
4. Salvation Is More About This Life than an Afterlife
5. Jesus Is the Norm of the Bible
6. The Bible Can Be True Without Being Literally True
7. Jesus's Death on the Cross Matters — But Not Because He Paid for Our Sins
8. The Bible Is Political
9. God Is Passionate about Justice and the Poor
10. Christians Are Called to Peace and Nonviolence
11. To Love God Is to Love Like God
France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake," was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death. She has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but also in the unraveling of an era.
Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas — eager to be a good wife and strong queen — she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give what she and the people of France desire most: a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called "the Terror." Naslund makes a bygone time of tumultuous change as real to us as the one we are living in now.Both of these novels were donated to the library here at the Crown Center where I sort and shelve books as a volunteer. Both were written by excellent writers, though I haven't (yet?) read either book. But there's only room for a limited number of books and we have to make hard decisions about which ones people are likely to choose to read. Knowing books isn't enough; we also have to know our readers, who all live at the Crown Center for Senior Living. Keep one? Both? Neither? Abundance by Naslund went on the shelf because it's less than a decade old, but the other was deemed too old and didn't.
|My twin great-grandsons at 3 weeks old|
"In an age when hardness is supposed to be the essence of strength, and even the beauty of women is reduced nearly to the bone, I welcome this reminder that tanks and tombstones are not very adequate role models, and that to be alive is to be vulnerable."I started my meditations on several versions of the Tao Te Ching because of this article which quoted Lao Tzu's #76. By checking this online site, I decided she quoted Stephen Mitchell's translation. It's much easier to check online than to page through each of my hard copies of many translations of the Tao Te Ching, some of which are still in boxes.