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Beyond the Mystery Is Mercy

When the great moment arrived and the voice of God became audible at Sinai, what mysteries did it disclose? I apocalyptic visions one is shown “the treasuries of the stars,” mountains of gold, seas of glass, cities of jasper. Did Israel learn anything at Sinai about the enigmas of the universe? About the conditions of […]

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Reading Notes August 2017

Finished in August 1. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester Since I enjoyed Winchester’s The Map that Changed the World, I decided to finally give this book a try. I first heard about it years ago and it’s taken a long time for me to decide to actually get a copy and read […]

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The Marvelous Gift of the Body

“It is customary to speak of “the indomitable human spirit” as that which carries man through crises like this, but the body surely merits more attention than it usually gets. Not the trained, beautifully conditioned body of the athlete, but the weak, underfed, and ordinary body with which we are all endowed. It was under […]

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Lessons from Rapunzel

  1. Really wanting something and thinking you will die if you can’t have it is not the same thing as actually being in danger of dying if you don’t get it. Even if you’re pregnant. 2. Really wanting something and thinking you will die if you can’t have it is not an excuse for […]

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Reading Notes July 2017

Books Finished: 1. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein A “companion novel” to Code Name Verity. I’d have just said sequel. Although the novel has a different protagonist who wasn’t in the first novel, there are several characters who appear in both. Maddie, one of the main characters in CNV makes a significant appearance early in […]

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June Reading Notes

Finished in June: 1. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett I brought this one along to read at the lake house because I knew with hours of reading time, I’d quickly move beyond my carefully paced reading in all my ongoing books. I was right and it was delightful to lose myself in a Pratchett romp […]

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