As a child I recall looking at a mustard seed encased in resin that my Sunday School teacher held up in class as she recounted the idea that if we hadAs a child I recall looking at a mustard seed encased in resin that my Sunday School teacher held up in class as she recounted the idea that if we had faith the size of this lowly and minute mustard seed, we could move mountains. I remember contemplating what this idea entailed. But no one ever really explained what faith was, and I wondered how to apply this idea in my own life until I read parts of these lectures years years later. Originally a part of the Doctrine and Covenants, these doctrinal ideas were taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith to the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio in about 1834-35, and later were later recorded by Sidney Rigdon with Joseph's input and corrections. These theological lectures cover questions such as, Why is Christ called "the author and finisher of our faith?" Why is faith essential and what is faith and how do we obtain it? Every decade that I live, my understanding of this principle grows. Life experience and desire definitely help me to comprehend this book better. Brilliant book--it is the mustard seed upon which our understanding of faith can grow. ...more
I chose to savor this perfect children's book over the last week. The first time I read L. M Boston's books was many years ago when we had just moved,I chose to savor this perfect children's book over the last week. The first time I read L. M Boston's books was many years ago when we had just moved, yet again, to a new home. So the adventures of Tolly filled my child's imagination with a group of friends that I loved passionately. This was one of my favorite magical books as a child.
Now as an adult I still feel the magic, but also am drawn into an examination of the art of creation that has gone into this story, and how the imagery both fills the reader with delight, anticipation, and even at times, fear as Tolly experiences the magic of Green Knowe.
If you enjoy stories such as Frances Burnett Hodson's the Secret Garden or George McDonald's The Princess and Curdie, this might be a book for you. ...more
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award at NCTE this year, I first discovered Sharon Draper years ago when she published a multigenre title called "Tears ofWinner of the Orbis Pictus Award at NCTE this year, I first discovered Sharon Draper years ago when she published a multigenre title called "Tears of a Tiger." Since that time Draper has continue to write award-winning books for young people.
The story is based upon Draper's own grandmother and her experience with the Klu Klux Klan as a fifth-grader growing up in the Deep South. It's rich in detail and beautifully written, and best of all, describes the struggle and desire that Stella has to become a nonfiction writer.
"Stella gave Mama her school notebook, the one that held the paper marked with an F, the incomplete assignments that sat there like half-plowed furrows, the jumble of scribbles and thoughts." P. 101...more
A beautiful book from one of the most thoughtful of LDS writers. If meditation sounds new age to you, this might not be your favorite read, but if youA beautiful book from one of the most thoughtful of LDS writers. If meditation sounds new age to you, this might not be your favorite read, but if you enjoy analyzing and contemplating scriptures with a comparative religion approach and are looking for insights into personal spiritual development there is a lot of meat here to ponder. Catharine Thomas has spent years thinking about the meaning of scriptures and much of this text resonates.
Quote from Wordsworth: (The Prelude 1.340-50) "Dust as we are, the mortal spirit grows Like harmony in music; . . . How strange, that all The terrors, pains, and early miseries, Regrets, vexations, lassitudes interfused Within my mind, should e're have borne a part, And that a needful part, in making up The calm existence that is mine when I Am worthy of myself."...more
Watched the series when it first came out and enjoyed it so I began on the books and read all 12 over the summer. Winston Graham is a first-rate authoWatched the series when it first came out and enjoyed it so I began on the books and read all 12 over the summer. Winston Graham is a first-rate author. The books cover a period of time from 1776 and the American revolution through 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the novels, although in a few of the stories the political sections got a little over-long for a leisure read so I skimmed them, only to come back to reread as I wanted to know what happened.
I found the characters, especially the Polark family, to be well-drawn, compelling, and complex. They have human foibles and at times I was frustrated with the decisions that they would make to the point of not wanting to read what I anticipated would occur next, which is for me, a sign of an engaging text.
Graham wrote the first four books in the series and then years later wanted to find out what happened to his characters and wrote another eight, so it was quite a time commitment to read the complete series. Definitely worth it if you are a quick reader. The books are lengthy so each book took several days to read. Overall, the Poldarks are one of my new favorite literary families.
The books are full of pithy quotes and lovely writing:
"They spoke little, all preferring to keep their own thoughts tight and tidy and untouched."...more