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The Saturday Stoke #11

Who I am was forged on the long road behind me. The road? It’s tangled and hard and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Before working from home as a writer, researcher and dad to three faerie-princess-warriors in North Carolina, I was a forty-something Ph.D. student who stepped out of his writing career to obey God’s whispers.

Before I lived in Oxford studying beauty and C.S. Lewis, I lived in...

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“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.”
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Abraham Kuyper
“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”
Abraham Kuyper

C.S. Lewis
“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

C.S. Lewis
“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”
C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

William Shakespeare
“What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after, gave us not that capability and god-like reason to fust in us unused.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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message 7: by khloe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:26AM)

khloe keener timmacity, in regards to wicked?
freakin' addicting soundtrack the more and more you listen to it- can't STOP!
starting would be suicide to any existing self-control.
think of your kid for heavens sake!
:)
(but i'm not gonna' lie. i freakin' love it. sigh.)


message 6: by khloe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:26AM)

khloe keener timmacity, in regards to wicked?
freakin' addicting soundtrack the more and more you listen to it- can't STOP!
starting would be suicide to any existing self-control.
think of your kid for heavens sake!
:)
(but i'm not gonna' lie. i freakin' love it. sigh.)


message 5: by Kerry (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:56AM)

Kerry either sounds good! Tues, Wed, or Friday works best for me ...


message 4: by Kerry (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:56AM)

Kerry I love this ... since I am a book/information junkie. What a great way to connect minds:).

School is good. Counting down days in semester, trying to get motivated to write a couple papers. On beautiful days like this week it's hard for me to focus!

Are you and Chris free for dinner next week sometime?


message 3: by Patti (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:55AM)

Patti Camus makes you think. Enjoy.


message 2: by Rebecca (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:55AM)

Rebecca thanks for showing this site to me! i LOVE getting new ideas of books to read!


message 1: by Ed (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:55AM)

Ed Yea...I guess it's safe to say I'm a fan. :) Life is good. Looks like I'm moving back East soon. How are you guys doing?


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