What I'm Re-reading Now - Twelfth Month

Do you re-read things? I find it indispensable. Like watching a movie again or listening to a piece of music over and over again, I find new things speak to me each time I read something good. And also because when something is good (especially like Harry Potter for example), I read it way too fast just to get to the end, and then I have to go back and read it more slowly and absorb it. I sometimes re-read things until I have them almost memorized. However, I've never been able to do this with the Bible. Or perhaps I should say I haven't yet.

Psalms (because this is where Kathleen Norris says to start reading the Bible)

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris (because I love this book)

Fostering Vital Friends Meetings: A Handbook for Working with Quaker Meetings by Jan Greene and Marty Walton (because my husband pulled it off the shelf)

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford (because it's about the life of a woman who focused on her work and for whom the distractions of life were eventually taken care of, not by her)

The FGC Bookstore Catalog (because I get to choose the books to use up the Ministry and Oversight Committee's annual budget)

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild (because my cousin gave it to me)

A Jan Brett Treasury, including The Mitten, The Night Before Christmas, Christmas Trolls, and The Twelve Days of Christmas with illustrations by Jan Brett (because my children and I love them)


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Blogger Rob said...

I love The Cloister Walk too! Her book Dakota was also a good read. I am in the middle of about 7 books right now, but for Christmas, I hope just to finish Harry Potter. If only it didn't weigh so much! I have to lug it all the way back to Wisconsin. I hope you enjoy your holiday. Hi to Chris and the kids! - Rob

12/21/2005 9:12 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Merry Christmas to all! See you in a week: we're off to Colorado to see Chris M.'s family.

12/21/2005 11:47 PM  
Blogger Rich in Brooklyn said...

The Psalms! Yes, the Psalms! I haven't read them much in a long long time. Yesterday in Meeting a fragment of a Psalm swam up from somewhere down deep and spoke to my inward condition. Then I went home and read and read until I foud that verse.

Some of the Psalms are not very edifying, but many of them are. I am convinced that they all have a valid purpose. C.S. Lewis wrote a book about the Psalms which helped very much to first "get into" them a number of years ago.
Rich Accetta-Evans
Brooklyn Quaker

1/02/2006 6:28 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

One of the important things I learned from Kathleen Norris was how to read this part of Scripture. The Psalms are not texts prescribing how the world and human beings should be but poetry describing how things really are, in all the messy glory and tragedy of life.

1/05/2006 10:48 AM  

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