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An interesting question was posed to us in our Reading Group last year and I didn’t respond there and then because I wanted to give it some thought, so now that I have, here’s my answer:
- Chick Lit / Poetry – the humanities.
- Contemporary / Historical – the message.
- Crime / Paranormal – the discovery.
- Science Fiction / Fantasy – the foundations.
- Religious / Reference – the instructions.
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This is my reading style coding system that I actually deploy; as a preparatory stage to know what I want from the book’s material, and what I’m taking notes for as part of a book review, as this technique does focus on the essentials. And this coding will be seen on the titles from the videos posted, or on the blog posting, and whenever I think its appropriate not to do so.
I felt this more important and helped to evaluate the material of what I was reading, to give a fair critique of the books that I had read, rather than a numerical rating, which might not indicate much other than the merit of books for the author, but not that of the book readers, hence my coding system and what each means in a detailed explanation is given below:
GEN — General reading
NURS — Nuanced reading
INFRS — Informational reading
SRS — Syntopical reading
ARS — Analytical reading
INSRS – Inspectional reading
DARS — Descriptive Analysis reading
Nuanced Reading – this allows for a very deep and detailed understanding of complex texts, taking into account ‘grey areas’ of the writing; as the author has written his work in a reactionary way, therefore a nuanced reading style establishes exploratory responses for the Reader to review with an empirical approach to the dialog and reciprocal in its method of style.
General Reading – when reading for pleasure which may read quickly, particularly in a short novel, with few breaks and without worrying about having to recall details later. However, ‘Element Mapping’ as a reading strategy is primarily used when an individual needs to break down a work of a longer fiction into its component parts; character, the conflicts, resolution and setting, especially if the individual is preparing to write a book review or studying for a literature exam.
ONLINE ELEMENT MAPPING TOOL:
Descriptive Analysis Reading – which is expressive and intensive in reading for a deeper connection with the text. That is to help increase reading fluency by being read aloud and creates a critical interaction with the Reader, the Listener and includes both of their comprehension towards the piece, that is to encourage investigation and ways of strengthening participative information in the form of poetry as well as assistance in interpreting the work.
Inspectional Reading – which had the aim of reading that was to examine the surface of the book’s knowledge, to learn everything from thorough reading of the book that the surface alone can teach you. For there is often a good deal to be gained from this type of reading style as a valuable way to discover points of reference from the reading material at hand that gathers together terms for insights.
Informational Reading - this uses effective strategies to help them comprehend text particularly if written in technical or linguistical terms. The strategy requires that readers summarize what they target as key ideas from the text and encourages them to think independently. First, about things they discovered. Next, things they found interesting. This strategy can be used while reading a variety of texts to actively and meaningfully engage with informational text.
Syntopical Reading – this is about reading more than one book, and places them in relation to one another and to a subject about which they revolve. The Syntopical reader is able to construct an analysis of the subject that may not be in any of the books. Thus is an effortful kind of reading, the most complex and makes heavy demands on the reader, even if the materials being read are themselves relatively easy and unsophisticated.
Analytical Reading – is thorough and complete thereby concise which is pre-eminently for the sake of understanding, as its an intensely active method in bringing the mind of the Reader to that condition of mastering the multiplicity within the book and its conceptual concerns in a rhetorical manner; as to why it has such unity and to what end it serves, to discover the brevity of the content in pursuit of perception analytically and its significance.
NOTE: WHY I READ AND SHARE IT HERE
To answer that question on how best to enjoy the fruit of one’s reading as stated by Divine Authority is given thus from the extract regarding the History of Reading:
“Whenever you read a book and come across any wonderful phrases which you feel stir or delight your soul, don’t merely trust the power of your own intelligence, but force yourself to learn them by heart and make them familiar by mediating on them, so that whenever an urgent case of affliction arises, you’ll have the remedy ready as if it were written in your mind. When you come to any passages that seem to you useful, make a firm mark against them, which may serve as lime in your memory, lest otherwise they might fly away.” (St. Augustine)
As my view is reading gives insight into social relationships, whilst an interest is training for a social life, the two principles merge in understanding for the love of what is good in actions, hence my youtube ‘Book In Hand’ channel and this blog, which comes out of those experiences.
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SONGS OF THE SPIRIT: HYMNS OF PRAISE AND PRAYER TO THE GOD THE HOLY GHOST
Edited by: William Henry Odenheimer, Frederic M. Bird
Published by: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company
Paperback, pages 636
This is a spiritual worshipful book dedicated to the devotion of the Holy Ghost.
It is all written in the English language, however the foreign dedicated hymns and prayers have kept their titles, as per the index table of contents and on their relevant page, in their respective mother tongues, and it also has been acknowledged with detailed notes as to their original origins, but the main text of the prayers and hymns has been translated into English.
It is a wonderful addition to the prayers said by those who have an affinity for Him and also for those who seek religious guidance, and solace within the Christian faith such as below:
‘Grieve not the Spirit’
My faith is weak, my foes are strong,
My wandering heart with anguish pained:
Celestial Dove, where art Thou fled,
Since I thine Influence restrained?
O come again and ease my heart;
There dwell, and never thence depart.
Teach me Thy sovereign will to know,
From paths of folly to return;
O let me never grieve Thee more,
Nor ever hence Thine absence mourn.
Come then, celestial Dove, impart
Thy sacred peace to soothe my heart.
(This was a written extract which is on page 415, and it is an English Hymn of the 18th century, which petitions the Holy Ghost.)
And the prayers to him are followed by a closure of thanks in homage, which can be found on page 143 that was written by Rev. R. Frost within the book as to be consistent in our dedication, that is:
Brethren, let us join to raise
To the Spirit hymns of praise:
Thanks, eternal thanks, be given
For this precious Gift of Heaven.
And the candles I use are blown out straight after the homage, in prayers and dedications, that has been said and done to the Holy Spirit.
My Facebook Note on ‘The Holy Trinity’:
So the next stage in my religious development in my belief of the Trinity, is to be very devotional to the Holy Spirit, therefore I will be singing his praise and giving prayers to him in daily worship in the privacy of my home using the book: ‘Songs of the Spirit: Hymns of Praise and Prayer to God the Holy Ghost’ by William Odenheimer*
And I will continue attending publicly the liturgy of Low Mass, and doing Meditation at my local Anglican church twice a week, as well as going to my local Parish Methodist church on a Sunday for the Sermons, in my overall dedication.
* IN ADDENDUM: William Henry Odenheimer (August 11, 1817–August 14, 1879) was the third Episcopal Bishop of New Jersey and the first of Northern New Jersey. After his ordination to the priesthood, he served as rector of St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, remaining at the parish from his ordination until his elevation to the episcopate. And while there, Odenheimer received a ‘doctorate of divinity’ from the University of Pennsylvania. He also was an author of several books, which included the ‘Songs of the Spirit: Hymns of Praise and Prayer to God the Holy Ghost’ that was published in 1871. His theological beliefs were out of step with the rising anti-Catholicism of Philadelphia the 1840s, but Odenheimer as a bishop, sought to steer a middle course between the extremes in the religions of Catholicism and Protestantism.
MY THREE BOOK CHALLENGES 2012
I will leave my comments in the box below; as replies for updates for how I’m progressing throughout the year, as well maybe do reviews on the books I found interesting and rewarding to have read.
(R) = Read
The Long Book Challenge
This one was made up by Debra’s Book Café and Bumblesby, on their youtube book channels and goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/
The challenge for 2012 is to ‘up the game’ and read longer novels
(mine would be from the home library) of books over 400 pages in length,
here it could even be for me, a re-read as it gets one back up to an advanced level.
1. The Shelters of Stone by Jean M Auel (765 pages)
2. The Dreamstone by Liane Jones (488 pages)
3. The Crystal Cave/The Hollow Hills/Wildfire at Midnight
by Mary Steward (a bind-up of 698 pages)
4. Samraj by Elaine Aron (489 pages)
5. Domes of Fire by David Eddings (470 pages)
6. The Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan (885 pages)
7. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (594 pages)
8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (661 pages)
NOTE: it’ll be randomly chosen what to read, rather than in chronological
order given above, but it must be a book listed, and whatever isn’t
read in this section gets carried over to the next year.
Read Your Own Library Challenge
This is a challenge to read at least one book every three months
that you own and have never read previously.
1. Original Love by J. J. Murray
2. Wanton by Noelle Mack
3. Good Things I Wish You by Manette Ansay (R)
4. The Humbler Creation by Pamela Hansford Johnson
5. Cork Street, Next to the Hatter’s by Pamela Hansford Johnson
6. Strike The Cloud by Graeme Watson (R)
Read Series Books Challenge
This challenge has been made up by me, to read at least three books
within a series or all of the complete series of fantasy books by the same author,
that has been been waiting to be read.
1. The Sons of Destiny series by Jean Johnson
2. The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning
3. Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
NOTE: whatever isn’t read in this section gets carried over to the next year.
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND POWER
Author: John Wesley
Published by Bridge-Logos
Paperback: 275 pages (with Audio Excerpts CD)
John Wesley (1703-1791), preacher, theologian and founder of the Methodist Church.
John’s education continued at Charter house School and at Oxford, where he studied at Christ Church and was elected (1726) fellow of Lincoln College. He was ordained in 1728.
After a brief absence (1727-29) to help his father at Epworth, John returned to Oxford to discover that his brother Charles, had founded a Holy Club composed of young men interested in spiritual growth. John quickly became a leading participant of this group, which was dubbed the Methodists. He continued throughout his life a regimen of personal discipline and ordered living. In 1784, however, he had given the Methodist societies a legal constitution.
He died at 88, still preaching, still travelling, and still a clergyman of the Church of England.
For what purpose was the Early Christians Filled with the Holy Spirit?
John Wesley states to paraphrase that “it was to give them the holy fruit of the Spirit, without which no-one is a Christian [but as] a result of that inward change, they would be able to fulfil all outward righteousness. These fruits are assured to all who are baptized with the Holy Spirit. They are to remain in the church throughout all ages. It is this great work of God in the lives of people which can be expressed by one word, true Christianity. Such Christianity does not simply imply a fixed set of opinions or a system of doctrines. True Christianity refers to peoples’ hearts and lives.” (extracted from ‘Scriptural Christianity’, Forty-Four Sermons, Sermon IV)
For in answer to: “Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)”
My reply is: “Nothing crushes the spirit for its ethereal, so no words can touch it, as the Holy Ghost protects it through his kind words.”
Lord who may dwell in your tabernacle?
Who may rest upon your holy hill?
Whoever leads an uncorrupt life
And does the thing that is right;
Who speaks the truth from the heart,
And bears no deceit on the tongue;
Who does no evil to a friend
And pours no scorn on a neighbour;
In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed
But who honours those who fear the Lord.
Whoever has sworn to a neighbour
And never goes back on that word;
Who does not lend money in hope of gain,
Nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
Whoever does things shall never fall.
(taken from the: ‘Common Worship Services & Prayers for the CofE’
on page 606, published by the Church House Publishing 2000)
Personal View of my Spiritual Journey
My spiritual journey has taken me this far, in the discovery of what I possess within myself, that makes me a ‘deep-felt’ person, sorry that’s the best explanation of what I’m trying to convey, of this expression of the internal divinity, that comes from the affinity towards the Holy Spirit, as his is a subtle power that possession is most endearing, that you’re left with and in an everlasting embrace. And such is my incorporeal growth that I’ve started linking the spiritual with the being of my person, using the Holy Spirit as my guide. That it and he has lead me to look into my Methodist faith, and research what the founder of that religion’s theology, John Wesley, had to say. And this is what I found and its revelation as it was revealed to me:
John Wesley states regarding the ‘Almost Christian’ whom possesses ‘Heathen Honesty’ which he explains on page 47 as “the first thing implied in being almost a Christian is simple ‘Heathen Honesty.’ No one should question this.
By ‘heathen honesty’, I mean that honesty [of which] common heathens expect [of] one another. It is an honesty that many of them usually practice. The rules of honesty teach them they ought not be unjust. They should not take their neighbour’s property either by robbery or theft. They are not to oppress the poor nor ever use extortion. They are not to cheat or over-reach anyone [which means not being outwardly 'competitive' as its not something pertaining to heathen honesty in civility, as it creates unnecessary stress-related situations and encourages unvirtuous traits. For the better character quality to cultivate is being 'driven' as its for more socially responsive in aspects to ones own internal development, as well as being a role model to others, as the Holy Ghost's character has this 'driven' trait within his nature too, and its the Holy Spirit one should aspire to imitate in general. As the term 'driven' means a person gathers, thats as to be conative; mentally striving and expressing endeavour.] In all dealings, they are not to defraud no one and are to owe no man anything.
The common heathen also agrees that some attention should be paid to truth as well as justice. As a result, they shun those who lie and call God to witness to the lie. Also disdained is the slanderer of his neighbour and anyone who accuses another falsely. Indeed, they see wilful liars as a disgrace to humanity and pest of society.
In addition, there is a degree of love and assistance which they expect from each other. They expect whatever aid anyone can give another, without depriving himself. And this they extend not only in the little things which can be done without any expense or effort, but also to greater needs. This includes feeding the hungry, if they have food to spare, and clothing the naked from their excess. In general, they are expected to give to any that need from the things which they do not need themselves. The first thing implied in being almost a Christian is this basic kind of heathen love.”
Therefore, I do confess, I am an ‘Almost Christian with a Heathen Honesty’, that is, I recognise myself in this and have trod this plain path all my life to all intents and purposes.
And that is why I don’t profess to ‘love thy neighbour’ regarded in the New Testament of Jesus Christ, but adhere to the Old Testament of the commandment of: “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.” As given by Moses on the tablets of stone written by the hand of God, okay its been updated for Modern Times, but the principles are there nonetheless.
And I believe more so in the ‘Heathen Honesty’ which is liken to that of the Old Testament doctrine of (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV), rather than that broad sweeping generalization of the second commandment in being forced or imposed upon to ‘love thy neighbour’ stated by Jesus Christ. As nothing will ever persuade me to love in such an abandoned wanton manner to actually ‘love’ thy neighbour in acts of sensual gratification either for them or for myself, as to regard it as a ‘favourable’ appearance of questionable unseemly motives; which has absolutely no bearing of directly being respectful of God or Christ in dutiful worship.
Thus to me the ‘Heathen Honesty’ is far more Righteous, and seeks not heart-felt praise; which is the concept of love in its praisement for actions attributed to rationalised sentiments. For ‘Heathen Honesty’ is very much about a practical moral conduct, thus its a ‘Heathen Love’ which is the concept of respectful adherence attributed to functional sentiments. As the ‘Heathen Honesty’ teaches one piety, which is a modest gift from the Holy Spirit which grounds ones faith fervently.
As John Wesley states himself on page 48 “The second thing implied in being almost a Christian is having a form of godliness. This is the godliness which is prescribed in the gospel of Christ-having the outside of a real Christian. So the ‘Almost Christian’ does nothing which the gospel forbids. The ‘Almost Christian’ instructs the ignorant, comforts the afflicted, assures the wavering, quickens the good, and reproves the wicked. He works to awaken those who are asleep spiritually.”
Thus in my reasonable agreement with that of John Wesley stance, “so we see that the Almost Christian has a form of godliness. He, according to his opportunities, uses all the means of grace as often as possible.” And personally during my time living, this I have done, did and do, that is, as that the circumstances has allowed, that are shown within my life span endeavours.
For the point John Wesley makes on pages 210 and 211 is something I truly also base my Methodist belief on where he states two principles:
Seek things that last. The Christian aspires to more lasting pleasures. He is never a slave to fame. Worldly acclaim does not affect him. He stands steady and collected in himself. Because he seeks no praise, he does not fear criticism. Censure does not bother him, because he is conscious that he would not willingly offend. He knows that he has the approval of the Lord of all.
Likewise, he does not fear want. He knows in whose hands the earth and fruits rest, [and] in honour or shame, in abundance or want, in ease or in pain, in life or in death, the Christian has learned to be content and thankful in all things.
Happy in Knowing God. The Christian is happy in knowing there is a God. His God is an intelligent cause and Lord of all. He knows man is not a product of either blind chance or inexorable necessity. The Christian is happy in the full assurance that his God is the being of boundless wisdom. He is assured that God has the infinite power to execute all of the plans of His wisdom. [And he] observes the general providence of God extended over the whole creation. He watches the effects of this providence in all things, as a joyous spectator.”
That’s the kind of Christian, I being Mavarine Du-Marie, is, now, and forever shall be, as my living Faith accordingly, to the principle Tenets of a baptised Methodist soon to be confirmed as a church member of the congregation; and in the Fellowship of the Trinity.
My Facebook Note on: The Holy Trinity
THE UGLY GIRLFRIEND BY LATRIVIA S. NELSON
Published by: RiverHouse Publishing, LLC
Paperback, pages 118
AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: http://www.latrivianelson.com/
LaToya Jenkins is the quintessential woman: smart, successful, grounded and determined. She only has one problem socially — she’s overweight. As the ‘big one’ of her girlfriends, she often faces rejection from the men of their social circle because of her size and/or dark skin. And due to a painful past relationship, she gives up on love completely until, she takes on Mitchell ‘Mitch’ O’Keefe as a new client.
The Irish born architect needs a professional cleaning service to help him literally clean up his life after a nasty divorce, but he winds up finding a true friend in LaToya, the owner of ‘Its An Honour Cleaning Service.’
While LaToya is handicapped emotionally by her baggage, Mitch thinks she’s the strongest woman he’s ever seen and a breath of fresh air in his hectic life. His only goal is to prove to her that his interest in her is more than lust sparked by curiosity.
MY BOOK REVIEW:
In addition to my remarks in the video above, for such a short book every aspect was included that would draw the reader into the story, and the issues faced was pragmatic enough. I enjoyed the characters personalities and the fact that they exhibited flawed traits that make them all too human. The twists within the plot was more than one, so the ending of the book wasn’t cliqued but it was still tinged with a little sadness. Overall a must read if you haven’t already read it!!
RELATED BLOG POST: http://bookblob.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/what-should-come-first/
Richard Hooker, ‘Ecclesiastical Polity Book I-IV’, published by George Routledge & Sons, London in 1888.
Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an Anglican priest and an influential theologian. Hooker’s emphases on reason, tolerance and the value of tradition came to exert a lasting influence on the development of the Church of England. In retrospect he has been taken (with Thomas Cranmer and Matthew Parker) as a founder of Anglicanism in its theological thought.
FRONT COVER OF THE BOOK:
The colour ‘Grey’, has the religious meaning in the Bible refering to ‘truth’ (Psalms 12:6), and one of the symbolic meanings of the colour grey was ‘purification’.
On the front cover the picture is: the plant ‘Michaelmas Daisies’ which symbolises: ‘blamelessness.’ And in Latin the name of the aster plant means ‘star.’ And according to one legend, a field bloomed with the ‘Michaelmas Daisies’ plant when the celestial zodiac of the ‘Virgo’ female, scattered stardust on earth. It blooms as a plant around St. Michaelmas Day in September.
See weblink: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelmas
Quotes from the Book:
“Although the Scripture of God, therefore, be stored with infinite variety of matter in all kinds, although it abound with all sorts of laws, yet the principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the laws of duties supernatural.
If we define that necessary unto salvation whereby the way to salvation is any sort of made more plain, apparent, and easy to be known, then is there no part of true philosophy, no art of account, no kind of science rightly so called, but the Scriptures must contain it. If only those things be necessary, as surely none else are, without the knowledge and practice whereof it is not the will and pleasure of God to make any ordinary grant of salvation, it maybe notwithstanding, and often times hath been demanded, how the books of holy Scripture contain in them all necessary things, when of things necessary the very chiefest is to know what books are bound to esteem holy, which point is confessed impossible for the Scripture itself to teach.” (page 115)
“But we speak now of the visible Church, whose children are signed with this mark, “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.” In whomsoever these things are, the Church doth acknowledge them for her children; them only she holdeth for aliens and strangers, in whom these are not found.” (page 171)
“To concern men as men supernaturally, is to concern them as duties which belong of necessity to all, and yet could not have been known by any to belong unto them unless God had opened them Himself, inasmuch as they do not depend upon any natural ground at all out of which they may be deduced, but are appointed of God to supply the defect of those natural ways of salvation, by which we are not now able to attain thereunto.
The Church being a supernatural society doth differ from natural societies in this: that the person unto whom we associate ourselves in the one are men simply considered as men, but they to whom we be joined in the other are God, Angels and Holy men. Again, the Church being both a society and a society supernatural, although as it is a society it have the sameself original grounds which other politic societies have, namely, the natural inclination which all men have unto sociable life, and consent to some certain bond of association, which bond is the law that appointeth what kind of order they shall be associated in; yet unto the Church as it is a society supernatural this is peculiar, that part of the bond of their association which belong to the Church of God, must be a law supernatural, which God himself hath revealed concerning that kind of worship which His people shall do unto Him.
The substance of the service of God, therefore, so far forth as it hath in it anything more than the law of reason doth teach, may not be invented of men as it is amongst the heathens, but must be received from God himself, as always it hath been in the Church, saving only when the Church hath been forgetful of her duty.” (page 120)
Richard Hooker and his views on Women:
“…This hath bred high terms of separation between such and the rest of the world, whereby the one sort are named, the brethren; the godly, and so forth; the other, worldings, time servers, pleasers of men, not of God, with such like. From hence they are easily drawn on to think it exceeding necessary, for fear of quenching that good Spirit, to us all means whereby the same maybe both strengthened in themselves and made manifest unto others. This maketh them diligent hearers of such as are known that way to incline; this maketh them eager to take and to seek all occasions of secret conference with such; this maketh them glad to use such as counsellors and directors in all their dealings which are of weight, as contracts, testaments and the like; this maketh them, through an unweariable desire of receiving instruction from the masters of that company, to cast off the care of those very affairs which do most concern their estate, and to think that then they are like unto Mary, commendable for making choice of the better part. Finally, this is it which maketh them willing to charge, yea, oftentimes even to overcharge, themselves, for such men’s sustenance and relief, lest their zeal to the cause should any way be unwitnessed. For what is it which poor beguiled souls will not do through so powerful incitements? In which respect it is also noted that most labour hath been bestowed to win and retain towards this case them whose judgments are commonly weakest by reason of their sex but as we verily esteem of them for the most part, women propense and inclinable to holiness, be otherwise edified in good things rather than carried away as captives into any kind of sin and evil, by such as enter into their houses with purpose to plant there a zeal and a love towards this kind of discipline; yet some occasion is hereby ministered for men to think that if the cause which is thus furthered did not gain by the soundness of proof whereupon it doth build itself, it would not most busily endeavour to prevail where least ability of judgment is, and therefore that this so eminent industry in making proselytes more of that sex than of the other growth, for that they are deemed apter to serve as instruments and helps in the cause. Apter they are through the eagerness of their affection, that maketh them, which way soever they take, diligent in drawing their husbands, children, servants, friends, and allies the same way; apter through that natural inclination unto pity which breedeth in them a greater readiness than in men to be bountiful towards their preachers who suffer want; apter through sundry opportunities which they especially have to procure encouragements for their brethren; finally, apter through a singular delight which they take in giving very large and particular intelligence, how all near about them stand affected as concerning the same cause.
(Extracted from: Ecclesiastical Polity Book I-IV by Richard Hooker, pp.25-26, published by George Routledge & Sons, London in 1888.)_______________________________________________________________
NOTE: Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an Anglican priest and an influential theologian. Hooker’s emphases on reason, tolerance and the value of tradition came to exert a lasting influence on the development of the Church of England. In retrospect he has been taken (with Thomas Cranmer and Matthew Parker) as a founder of Anglicanism in its theological thought.