1/11/2018

Thoughts on Surprised by Joy

Probably one of the most interesting people of the 20th century was CS Lewis, so I wanted to read more about him. I was also intrigued by his idea of "Joy."

Surprised by Joy is Lewis' autobiography about his childhood and early adulthood. It describes losses in his family, his relationships, his decision to become an atheist, and his later thoughts which led him to become a Christian.

I like the descriptions of life in England, of school life, of various adults, etc. Also, I saw how some of his experiences ended up included in Chronicles of Narnia. Probably the most amazing thing was realizing how many books he read. By the time he was in high school, he had already read many more books than I have today. And I consider myself to be a reader! I think all the reading enhanced his thinking and gave him wisdom as well as insights most of us don't have today.

For those who like to read and want to know more about Lewis and what he means by "Joy," this book will be of interest.

1/09/2018

Angels Among Us

I think an angel helped me today. I was walking to the van with Bethany in the pouring rain, and out of nowhere the rain suddenly stopped hitting us. It took me a second to realize that a young lady was holding a giant umbrella over the three of us. She came out of nowhere and walked with us to the van. Even though I thanked her after I got Bethany in the van, she stayed until I got in too.

She was petite with short brown hair and kind eyes. As soon as I got in the van, I looked for her to make sure I didn't back into her, but she and her colorful umbrella had completely disappeared.

1/08/2018

Joy in Being Disorganized?

So I read most of the book The Joy of Being Disorganized by Pam Young.  The ideas are helpful and the book is funny. She uses creative ideas to make cleaning fun by encouraging you to think positively about cleaning and organizing. She also addresses clutter and suggests ways to get rid of it.

She mostly encourages the reader to get organized enough to allow time for creativity. She uses 3 X 5 cards to list things that need to be done in each room and then talks about how to use them to learn to keep the house presentable.

Also, she encourages delegation to other household members and even hiring outside help so one has time to do favorite things.

The other fun thing she does is play "House Fairy". She encourages children to clean their rooms by pretending to be a fairy and checking on their rooms to see if they are clean. If they are, they get a prize. I haven't looked at her website lately, but she used to post photos of the children's clean rooms. I always thought this was a fun and imaginative way to teach children to clean. Whether it would have worked for my kids, I don't know.

My main problem with the book is her view of God. She has basically made up her own god from all the major gods, and uses that god to encourage her and guide her in balancing her home. About a third of her book is on this topic, so unless you can recognize and ignore the false religion in the book, I don't recommend reading it. (2 Corinthians 11)

The biggest red flag for me was near the beginning of the book when she decides to talk to her "inner child." This inner child is given a name, becomes real, and advises the author on what to do. She encourages the reader to talk to their own inner child to get advice. I thought of Paul's admonition to ". . . put away childish things." (I Corinthians 13:11)

Personally, I think "The Fly Lady" is better for getting your house clean and organized. Pam Young's confused religious ideas are popular with the "New Age" set, and could be misleading.

https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Being-Disorganized-Pam-Young/dp/0991096002

http://www.flylady.net/

1/01/2018

Happy 2018!

It's a new year! As it begins, I find myself reading The Joy of Being Disorganized and Surprised by Joy. I sense a theme for reading in 2018. JOY!

I finished off 2017 reading Heavy Weather by PD Wodehouse. It sounds serious, but it isn't. It is a comedy involving a love story (or two) and rich snooty people and a pig. I read numerous books last year, but the most important was the Bible. It was a challenge to read the whole thing straight through, and I realized how little I know about the Bible.

So this year I am going to dig deeper and study some books. I'll start with Romans and use Tim Keller's books to begin with. After that, I want to look at history--maybe borrow Noelle's school books on OT and NT survey when she finishes them.

Other goals include exercising 5 days per week and getting Bethany's program done with joy!

3/13/2017

Enzymes by Howard Loomis

I was boxing up some of Sarah's books and ran across Enzymes The Key to Health by Howard Loomis.  It was last updated in 2007, so I imagine even more has been learned since then.

Basically, we need enzymes to digest our food! Enzymes come from raw fruits and vegetables, so all our cooked, processed foods do major damage to our bodies. Our bodies can produce some enzymes, but not enough to take care of all that we eat.

The book discusses the history of nutrition as well as the many errors and deliberate choices made that have caused damage to our bodies. For example, scientists have worked to slow down and eliminate the enzymes in fruits and vegetables so they have a better shelf life. Even though our bodies need the enzymes, the concern is more for the grocer being able to keep the product on the shelf longer.

Also, I learned that the body is complicated! Just the way of using enzymes in digestion of different foods is amazing. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are all digested in unique ways. I came away thinking that there is no way for a serious scientist to think these processes developed through evolution. They can not be accidental.

1/24/2017

Books

I like to read. In fact, I received six books for Christmas and I have already read them plus two more that my husband received!

So what did I read?

Three PG Wodehouse books. Wodehouse wrote humorous fiction and his books are all light-hearted and fun. They are usually about young men and their escapades with aunts, money, and young women. He wrote the Jeeves and Wooster series which was made into a British TV series. These are books I like to read when I don't want to think--great bedtime reading!


      

I also did some serious reading. Hank Hanegraaff's The Apocalypse Code brought into question the whole idea of how the book of Revelation is interpreted. It was challenging to see questions raised about the accepted viewpoint of the rapture of the church ahead of a seven year tribulation among other things. It is a book I will definitely read again in order to fully develop my understanding of both views.




Tim Challis' short book Do More Better offered advice on how to be more productive and how to think more about glorifying God and doing good works. I have been able to incorporate some of his ideas into my daily routine.








And my last Christmas book, Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz, proved to be interesting reading. Katz turns his recipe book into a life story. Even though his lifestyle is decidedly not Christian, he offers a wealth of knowledge on fermenting vegetables, milk, grains, etc. This book is a great resource for getting back to more natural ways of making and preserving foods.






In addition, I read Brain Rules by John Medina. Although the book is written from an evolutionary perspective, the twelve ideas explaining how the brain works were helpful. Medina is an entertaining writer, and his ideas could do much to help us do a better job of teaching children. For example, the average person will only pay attention for about ten minutes. If nothing changes, they will tune out. So it is important to change things up or ask questions when in front of a group.


And the latest volume I've read is a children's book, Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beaseley. It is a wonderful tale for children, but I liked it and could not wait to find out how it ended. I'd definitely recommend this imaginative book.











Most importantly, I've decided to read the Bible through this year, and I am presently working on Genesis, Psalms, and Proverbs. It is good to be familiar with the book that is most important to me and affects my life the most.

11/27/2016

Thoughts on The Christmas Candle

Holmes and I watched The Christmas Candle last night. Although scripture was used throughout the movie, we were disappointed in the theology and were unsure of the basic premise. Perhaps it was meant to be a sweet story with a little Bible tucked in. The crux of the tale is that a magical candle, brought by an angel, is supposed to give the recipient good luck if they pray while it is lighted. Of course, things go wrong with the candle, everyone prays anyway, and all goes right at the end.

The whole story was quaint but weird. We weren't sure what point the movie was trying to get across--trust in a candle? trust in prayer? everything turns out the way you want it to when you pray? Anyhow, if you watch it with children, be prepared to discuss the meaning and compare/contrast what the Bible says about prayer.