My Home Library Reading

SPIRIT FILLED LIVING: A Woman’s Guide
by Quin Sherrer & Ruth Anne Garlock
Published By: Vine Books
Paperback: 247 pages
ISBN: 978-0830735174

MY BOOK REVIEW: 

There are only two sins for a woman, and sin occurs through ones active choice made, that is as we are talking about guidance for females here: 

– if she’s single in status, and has no significant publicly announced partner, then it is conducting an ‘illicit’ relationship which is a sin, meaning it disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons; for example two-timing on a partner when neither know what you are doing in terms of the relationship but you do.

– and if she’s married then its ‘infidelity’ meaning marital disloyalty; adultery that comes from a breach of trust or a disloyal act, that is a transgression outside the bond of the vows undertaken.

And both above are regarded a sin due to the hurt they can cause another but most importantly a woman’s well-being. Also as well is that both are a lack of respect of knowing it wasn’t conducted in the honest way that empowers and neither was the act of fornication as sex in itself is not a sin, that is it only become immoral if associated with the above two behaviours outlined.

So how to keep within the bounds of our conscience and live fruitful with each other is answered here on this video and below from the notes:

WHAT IS A SPIRIT-FILLED WALK?

Within the book the answer is given by Pastor David Wilkerson who states:

“Walking in the Spirit means incredible, detailed direction, and unclouded decisions. The Holy Ghost provides absolute, clearly detailed instructions to those who walk in Him. If you walk in the Spirit, then you don’t walk in confusion — your decisions aren’t clouded ones.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN DAILY FOR WOMEN?:

As it says as a guideline in the Bible to paraphrase : “the older women to be reverent in the way they live, and teach what is good.” (Titus 2:3.5)

And that “the fruit of the Spirit is the normal, expected outcome of Christian growth, maturity, holiness, Christ-likeness and fullness of the Holy Spirit. Because all Christians have the responsibility of growing in their faith, all have the responsibility of developing the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. Fruit is not discovered as the gifts; it is developed through the believer’s walk with God and through yieldedness to the Holy Spirit. Although spiritual gifts help define what a Christian does, the fruit of the Spirit helps define what a Christian is.”

HOW AS WOMEN TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT:

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5.25 NKJV

* Be yourself. If loud is not your nature, don’t shout. If quiet spoken isn’t your nature, don’t whisper.

* Practice. When you think you have a Word, don’t be afraid to give it, and don’t be intimidated by other people. If you do make a mistake be humble enough to admit it.

* Wait. Don’t give the Lord an agenda, or try to predetermine how and when he will move. Be willing to wait for him to speak to you, then allow him freedom to move through you.

* Honour the Holy Ghost. We need to be filled every day with the Holy Spirit, walking in his presence and power. Many Christians talk about God or Jesus but they ignore the Holy Spirit. We need to honour him and invite him to be a part of our everyday lives.

* Feed on God’s Word. As well as from good Christian teaching by listening to worship given. As what you put into your spirit becomes evident in your daily walk.

* Seek guidance daily. As you begin your day, ask the Lord, “What is your Word for me today?” When you ask, he will often speak in various ways to give you a word or instruction for that day, even when your hand finds a pray which can assist.

To recap, ‘Spirit-filled Living’ means a moment by moment reliance upon the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to keep step in submission of heart to the Holy Spirit.

And for a woman that means staying alert and open to the Holy Spirit’s direction in everyday situations, even while on the job of other things. For Walking in the Spirit requires finding the delicate balance between rest, work, play and worship as to the rhythm of Life by Divine Design of God’s Handiwork.

As from this we become thankful, as it deepens us, as women, in a practical dimension and the resource that keeps a believer of the Holy spirit moving towards substance that helps with life’s challenges. For God sends the Holy Spirit for a dynamic purpose: to propel us outward from assisting us from inwards.

FLYING CLOSER TO THE FLAME: A PASSION FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
Written By Charles R. Swindoll
Published by:Paternoster Press
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0850096101

MY BOOK REVIEW:

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:

And the author states “Remember….He is like the Wind… mysteriously on the move… blowing here, changing there, altering plans, creating stretching situations, stimulating wholesome desires, prompting decisions. These are all included in “the things of the Spirit” and only those who fly closer to the flame are sensitive enough to realise that.”

Therefore as the author states: “to enter these new dimensions of the spiritual life, we must be rightly related to the Holy Spirit.

WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO FOR US:

He is an enabling power. He doesn’t always give us power to be immeasurably surpassing our own human ability. He gives to us empowerment and in power that of being dynamic.

He gives to us an affirming Will to spur us onwards. It is Spirit-filled dynamic: perseverance. A boldness and determination.

As the author states “to come to Him, the three forces of resistance must be removed:

1. The barrier of the fearful unknown.

2. The wall of traditional limitation.

3. The obstacle course of personal excuses.

The Holy Spirit is to the believer, that which gives the Christian a spirit filled existence. The Holy Ghost energizes us to stay the course. He motivates us in spite of the obstacles. He keeps us going when the road gets rough. It is the Holy Spirit who comforts us in our distress, who calms us in times of calamity, who becomes our companion in loneliness and grief, who spurs our ‘intuition’ into action, who fills our minds with discernment when we are uneasy about a certain decision.

When we are filled with the Spirit, we begin to relate to others in the family of God. We want to hear what they have to say. We want to learn from one another.

And what does the Holy Spirit fill me with and can with others too:

1. He leads us to a melodious heart.

2. He makes us to be thankful people.

3. And His filling leads us to appeal to each other.

And being on this Spirit filled walk not only changes a life, such as my own, but in the process it absolutely transforms a home. For it has within it a practical response to how we live.

NOTE: As the author says – Nowhere in the Scriptures do I find a statement that limits the Holy Spirit’s presence or dynamic to some bygone era he is with us forever.

And what that means for those Christians who have an affinity with the Holy Spirit is: “Each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” Corinthians 12:4-7, for the Holy Spirit is that of the Divine Nature.

And that’s what I am trying to do within my own existence of being during my lifetime.

THE POEMS OF LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY
Edited by: John Churton Collins
Published: by Chatto and Windus, London in 1881.
Paperback: 174 pages

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Note: ‘Cherbury’, but correctly spelt its called ‘Chirbury’ that is as a place, is located in Shropshire near the boundary of Wales.
See weblink for history of geographical area: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/place_page.jsp?p_id=2077

Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1583-1648) it is said that one of “his greatest virtue of all speculative writing, the virtue of originality. He had read such books as were accessible to him on the subjects with which he dealt. None of them satisfied him, and rejecting all their conclusions, he worked the questions they professed to answer out for himself. No authority, he said, deserved a slavish adherence. A philosopher must think for himself, and have no personal nor professional ends to serve. This in itself was a sure sign that Edward Herbert was a sincere progressionist.”

The poetry is written either in Latin or Old English within the book, that is ‘Early Modern English’ otherwise known as ‘EModE’ as a language used in the latter half of the 15th century to 1650 period:

THE IDEA (on pages 109 to 113)

The poem is about the actual mold casting and that of the clay figure of God’s creation of ‘Woman’, his handiwork. And its this Woman’s mold casting from which God based his idea from this sample of ‘Woman’ upon for the humankind species of female and the like. But God had no control in the formation of her spirit no matter how he re-casted her several times, that is God could only create that of her outer appearance. Once God came to terms with this, with great difficulty, and finally let her be cast into human female form, the poem states that God never destroyed nor let the female casting mold out of his possession and kept her safe and a secret from all prying eyes including the Heavens, of which the poet is also glad of because he’s taken with her in affection, and pleads with God that he never destroys the cast, although the others do have ‘THE IDEA’ of her existence, for she is not one of them; for she’s not a Goddess, nor a human female, nor a deity, however she is more than an Angel and known to be real in her Divine casting, as a Woman, for she is the ‘Transcendent One’ in the heavenly kingdom therein her place assured, for she being the ‘Lamentation Supreme-Being’ for the Gods and Humankind, that is she was created for them to repent their ways.

Thus the poet, Edward Lord Herbert of Cherbury, has dedicated these words of endearment in the Metaphysical poetry to her.
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ADDENDUM:

“As Statuaries, yet having fram’ed in Clay / An hollow image, afterwards convey, / The molten metal through each several way, / But when it once unto its place hath past, / And th’inward Statua perfectly in cast…”

The meaning of the colour Grey, as in the Clay material, used during the Elizabethan period was extremely important. People who could wear the colour Grey was dictated by English Law! These were called the Sumptuary Laws, see weblink http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumptuary_law

And as to the Symbolic and Religious meaning of the colour Grey there are some interesting facts and information:

* In the Bible the colour grey refers to truth (Psalms 12:6), old age (Genesis 42:38), the beauty of age (Proverbs 20:29), weakness (Hosea 7:9) and ashes (Genesis 18:27).
* The symbolic meaning of the colour grey was mourning, repentance and purification.
* Grey also has a Biblical meaning and is the Christian colour for the season of Lent and closely associated with fasting and prayer.
* Grey clothing also symbolized humility and plainness, and for this reason was associated with monastic life.
* People who were allowed to wear the colour grey during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the English Sumptuary Laws, were the middle and upper classes.
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Weblinks for further Information:

http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/color-gray.htm

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Metaphysical+poetry

http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/progressionist/

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/chirbury/chirbio.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_English

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Modern_English

 

THE DOCTRINES OF THE GREAT EDUCATORS BY ROBERT R. RUSK
Published by MacMillan & Co. in 1918 London
Hardback: 336 pages

MY BOOK REVIEW:

The aim of education is in terms of language and literature in merging with life, that is both practical and humanistic.

There must be a method of exposition of the subject or lesson to be concerned with emulation; to make complete the study and their inter-connections, it is necessary that knowledge of things precede the knowledge of their combinations.

And no information should be imparted on the grounds of ‘Bookish Authority’ but should be in accordance with ‘Authorised Consuetude’ in laws of association that is achieved by actual demonstration to the senses and the intellect. Thereby the principle of correlation is implied for the ‘Conduct of Understanding’.

All the Great Educators were in agreement on this matter, that ‘Perception and Experience’ was of great importance in the development of potential and the exalted personality and character of a person to achieve ‘Apperception’ that is to bring a state of conscious from mental assimilation and the relation of new facts to facts already known.

And the reason of this crucial area in education was to apprehend, that being to become aware in ones understanding of ‘Universal Insight’ and that of the ‘Self-Maintenance’ of the subsumption from moral valuation and actions.

As said by Milton “…in this methodical course it is so supposed that they (the pupils) must proceed by the steady pace of learning onward, as at convenient times for memories’ sake to retire back into the middle ward, and sometimes into the rear of what they have been taught, until they have confirmed and solidly united the whole body of their perfected knowledge.” As to paraphrase Locke, that is to furnish the mind with and fasten there a true sense of relish of it, and as to place strength, glory and pleasure in that virtue.

And the reason why was explained further by Locke “of the great moment and worth our endeavours, to teach the mind to get the mastery over itself, and to be able, upon choice to take itself off from the hot pursuit of one thing, and set itself upon another with facility and delight, or at any time to shake off its sluggishness and vigorously employ itself about what reason, or the advice of another shall direct.” To the end being that of the ‘Habit of Verifying’ the experience of one sense by that of another.

It is about the training of apprehending the world intuitively in an intelligent manner and this is called ‘Intuitive Apprehension’ which is made apparent by the sensory impression being employed by connote affective and volitional experiences which is a psychological outlook, that is it takes from the vague to the precise, from the precise to clear images and from clear images to distinct ideas. The advantage of this is very much a fluent and early nomenclature which is invaluable in knowledge based upon reality and truth in that which is learnt that develops and maintains in them a consciousness of the real relation of things to each other. Thereby time and opportunity will afterwards supply the concept and will correlate what was set forth together.

As stated by Froebel “with the ceasing to systematise, symbolise, idealise, realise and recognise identities and analogies amongst all the facts and phenomena, all problems, expression, and formulas; and in this way of life, with all varied phenomena and activities become more and more free from contradictions, more harmonious, simple and clear, and more recognisable as part of the Life Universal…” both in terms of leading from Perception and Apperception towards Intuitive Intelligence relying on the most serviceable illusions and the supremacy of the practical reason, emphasised by the character of the intelligible world.

“God I thank thee for my necessity” (Pestalozzi)

 

‘THE SUNSET SHIP’ the poems of JMW TURNER
Publisher: Scorpion Press (1966)
Hardcover: 118 pages
ASIN: B003U5L2HM

SYNOPSIS:

Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775-19 December 1851), was born in London, England. And Turner was a prominent figure in the London art world. He was Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, and was acting President in 1845-6. But his personal life remained very private, and he became increasingly reclusive with old age.

The poems that I recite on the above video are as follows:

(33) ‘The Blank Book’ on page 93.
(63) ‘Fancy and Imagination’ on page 126.
(50e) ‘Ancient Works’ on page 110.
(49) ‘Broach as a Jewel Guarding a Lady(s) Breast’ on page 107.

It has been said in this poetry book, that JMW Turner wrote them between 1807-1811 of which there are 131 poems in total.

And in the foreword, says of that JMW Turner’s mind and the fact that he had his own complete philosophy of art and life; they yield us extremely valuable clues to his thinking and his forms of development.

MY BOOK REVIEW:

I will post a book view at some future date.

For long version weblink: http://www.facebook.com/mavarine.dumarie?sk=photos#!/video/video.php?v=156647…

Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson.
AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: http://www.jeanjohnson.net/author.html)

SYNOPSIS:

A complex fantasy-romance series. Of which eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day — they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting Destiny, they’re exiled to the Nightfall Isle, where females are forbidden.

The Books in the Series and the way of which they should be read in chronological order are as follows:

The Sword (the eldest brother)
The Wolf (the second brother)
The Master (the third brother)
The Song (the fourth brother)
The Cat (the fifth brother)
The Storm (the sixth brother)
The Flame (the seventh brother)
The Mage (the youngest brother)

MY REVIEW:

I will post a detailed review once I’ve read the entire series.

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