Friday, October 3, 2008

Books, etc.

Here are some books and things that I have been reading and studying of late.

These are two of the texts that my dad used when he was in seminary. It has been very interesting to delve into the ins and outs of the Reformation and to read source documents -- some of which Luther himself wrote. We have just finished going over the Diet of Worms. Interestingly enough, Luther probably didn't even say the famous quote "Here I stand, I can do no other." The original quote is quite powerful as well, but it's odd that the "Here I stand" quote would have become so famous without even being legitimate! (The other night dad was so exhausted that he got in bed and said, "Here I lie, I can do no other..." :-)

Ahhh....Biology. Isn't our creator amazing?! Such a perfect system of life can't be created by anything or anyone else than our mighty, loving God. Sometimes it just baffles me.....he has created everything in soooo much detail!

We have been reading this for our high school Sunday school class. These two guys make some very good points. They are the founders of the "Rebelution" - a teenage rebellion against low expectations.

Oh how I love Jane Austen. :-)

A very cleverly written book on the art of composition

Maddie Myers and I are doing a study on this book. Lee Strobel goes through many current challenges to Christianity and gives detailed yet very understandable answers to those questions and challenges. I have wanted to familiarize myself with the current challenges so that I may be ready to give an answer in the way that 1 Peter instructs, "...always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect..." (I Peter 3:15, ESV). We just finished going over the first chapter which was all relating to the controversy over the Gnostic Gospels.

And then on a somewhat lighter, sillier note: My attempt at style imitation -- a P.G. Wodehouse description imitation to be exact :-)

The Librarian - by me :-)

Directly before him loomed the head librarian, a stack of books tucked awkwardly under one arm and an expression on her face that could have made Shakespeare chuckle. It was convenient that she bore such a title as she did for anything lesser would not have suited her appearance. She was all head. Its shape, if it could rightly be called such, was more like a ripe tomato than anything else; almost round, but inescapably dented and wrinkled in visible and terribly inconvenient locations. For women, facial features have for centuries been the focal point of notice and hers were no exception. Her eyebrows alone traversed half of her protruding forehead in a sort of woolly rainbow and the rest of her face was graced with the splotchy outlines of, what was probably, the sad result of an attempt at applying facial powder on a damp puff. In other words, she was ghastly.

(if at this point, you are seriously pondering my saneness, consider that this was written around midnight. :-)


P.S. This post's for you, Grandma :-) I love you :-)


The McCracken family said...

Hi Kaylee :-)
Grandma would comment if her computer would allow it. And she would tell you that she loves your writing -- and please write again! And she'd tell you that she loves you - as do I <3

teters4 said...

Hi Kaylee, that's cool that you are reading "Do Hard Things". We took Josh and Jen to the first Rebelution conference in Sacramento a few years ago with the Harris brothers and family. The theme was Do Hard Things which I'm assuming is where the book came from. It's a great concept and one we still talk about. Mrs. T. :)

Parish Family said...

Oh Kaylee! You inspire me with your studying, and your excellent composition . . . LOL!!!

Love ya!