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BOOKS READ DECEMBER 2019

William Styron: Sophie’s Choice, p/b, London, Vintage, 2000 (1979) This is an epic, perhaps overlong novel in many parts.  In the first instance it is a novel about the unsuccessful and almost humorous search to lose his virginity by a … Continue reading

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Books read November 2019

BOOKS READ NOVEMBER 2019 Amor Towles: Rules of Civility, London, Sceptre, 2012 (2011). Graduate in English from Yale and Stamford Amor Towles was born and bred in Manhattan and was an investment professional for twenty years before turning his hand … Continue reading

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Books read October 2019

Giorgio Bassani: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, translated by Jamie McKendrick, introduction by Simon Mawer, Illustrated by Laura Carlin, London, The Folio Society, 2014 [In Italian, 1962; McKendrick translation, Penguin 2007] Italian Jewish  author and literary editor Giorgio Bassani won … Continue reading

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BOOKS READ SEPTEMBER 2019

Allan Bullock (Editor): The Marshall Cavendish Learning System: History, London WI, Marshall Cavendish Books, 1969 This self-help learning system is astonishing for the vast amount of material put together with impressive academic credentials and accuracy but in a very readable … Continue reading

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BOOKS READ AUGUST 2019

James M Barrie: Peter Pan, Scholastic, n.d. with Introduction by Jack Gantos. J M Barrie wrote Peter Pan as a play in 1904 and it became his best known work.  He later retold the story as a narrative called Peter … Continue reading

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Thought starters from Mick Pope’s “All Things New: God’s Plan to Renew the World.

SOME THOUGHT STARTERS FROM MICK POPE: All Things New: God’s Plan to Renew the World,  Reservoir ViC, Morningstar Publishing, 2018. p67 We are being made homeless in judgment over our failures to bear the divine image…to tend the garden. p69 … Continue reading

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BOOKS READ JULY 2019

BOOKS READ JULY 2019 John Dickson: The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know About Jesus, Sydney, Bluebottle Books, 2000 Australian John Dickson is an outstanding historian and theologian who manages to say more things in fewer words than … Continue reading

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John Donne

Batter my heart, three-personnel God; for, you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an … Continue reading

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Books read June 2019

BOOKS READ JUNE 2019 Bob Slosser: Miracle in Darien, Plainfield, NJ, Logos International, 1979 New York journalist with the New York Times and the National Courier Bob Slosser has written a unique portrait of the creation of a megachurch, St … Continue reading

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Meditating with Merton on contemplation and the spiritual life

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, New York & Canada, New Directions, 1972 (1962). p  15:   The love of God seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good. p  45    The cowardice that does what … Continue reading

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