February 22nd, 2016

Blut Aus Nord

It is in the flow of existence 6:49 AM Monday morning. Outside this morning it is cold and cloudy. It is not snowing which is nice. It is suppose to snow towards the end of the week. My wife wants to drive over to Grand Rapids today to pick up lap coats she ordered last Summer. I told her I did not want to visit any bookstores while in GR. This coming Friday is a giant used book sale and I hope to find some used books to add to our library at that time. Plus I have a book coming in the mail today titled, "The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives" by Ryan J, Lister. I also have a book coming in the mail the beginning of March that I want to get into. I really need to get rid of books instead of adding more to our Library. I have no room in this house for more books. It is getting scary having no room for more books. Last night I had to put books on the couch down in the lower level because there is no room in the floors. Soon I will be putting books in my old Dodge van, which I am already doing.

Yesterday for me was a super quiet day. I wandered my cell and read most of the day. My wife got up to face existence around 3:10 PM. Emily skyped from GR just as Carol was getting up. Little Josie is now singing the ABC song, how cute!

I mainly read yesterday "Infinite Jest" a novel by David Foster Wallace. To be honest I am not digging this book. The novel is to me an intellectual exercise, not something that takes me to another world. Reading "Infinite Jest" is a total mind trip. I personally love a good old fashion story novel which characters and a plot. I think I like stories because as a Christian I love the Story of Salvation. The Bible is full of good stories/historical stories. A good story makes you feel good or teaches you something about existence. A good story should make you feel different after reading it/see the world in a different way/feel enriched by the reading experience. I usually feel exhausted mentally and depressed after reading "Infinite Jest". One thing I do not like about "Infinite Jest" is all the discussion on the world of professional tennis. I am not a tennis fan.

Last night Carol and I watched a movie on Amazon Prime. I went to be early because I am sick with a winter cold. Hopefully I will soon feel better.

Well I suppose I will close to write in my February 2016 diary and read my Reformation commentary on Psalm 26.

I have come to really enjoy the music of Blut Aus Nord and plan to collect all his albums.

Studio albums
Ultima Thulée (1995)

Memoria Vetusta I – Fathers of the Icy Age (1996)

The Mystical Beast of Rebellion (2001)

The Work Which Transforms God (2003)

MoRT (23 October 2006)

Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by Illumination (2007)

Memoria Vetusta II – Dialogue with the Stars (2009)

777 – Sect(s) (28 April 2011)

777 – The Desanctification (11 November 2011)

777 – Cosmosophy (September 21, 2012)

Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry (October 10, 2014)
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the presence of God

It is in the flow of divine providence 3:28 PM Monday late afternoon. We left for Grand Rapids this morning and were back here by 2 o'clock PM. While In Grand Rapids we visited two thrift stores, Baker Christian Book House and Trader Joe's.

At the thrift stores I found these used books to ADD to our library-

"Four Spirits" a novel by Sena Jeter Naslund

"A Tale Of Love And Darkness" a memoir by Amos Oz

"1921" a novel by Morgan Llywelyn

While we were at Baker Christian Book House/A Christian books store (Baker also publishes books) I bought these new two books.

"Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation" by Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain

"Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" by Richard Rohr

I bought the book "Falling Upward" by Rohr because as I was searching for the book "Reformed Catholicity" the fellow helping me recommended this book to me when I mentioned to him I was into silence and the contemplative life. This store employee who was helping me shared with me some of his own personal spiritual journey which I connected with. The fellow who was around my age said the book, "Falling Upwards" had really blessed him and recommended I read it. I told the fellow I had for a couple of years had come across name Richard Rohr because he has written a lot of books on Christian (?) Spirituality. I have always been reluctant to buy Rohr's books because some Christian Spirituality books are not Bible centered. Some books that describe themselves as setting forth Christian Spirituality sound to me New Age/Gnostic ideas/not biblical when it comes to Christian/biblical teachings on the God filled life. To make a long story short I bought the book, "Falling Upward" by Rohr to interact with it. How can I be critical of Rohr's teachings if I have not read any of his books. I have a ton of books on the Christian life/Spirituality/being a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ in our library. I will read this book, "Falling Upward" to see if it is biblical. As I have written many times here in LJ I follow the New Testament model of spirituality/what it means to walk with God/the Lord Jesus Christ.

Carol bought children's books and a devotional book. She also bought cards. At the thrift stores Carol bought children toys and children's books (stuff for our three grandchildren/daughters). My wife is always buying clothes, toys and books for Louisa, Josephine and Margaret Carol. Carol sees our granddaughters has her babies.

At Trader Joe's we bought groceries and then we zoomed home. In the mail this afternoon I received a new book that just came out titled, "The Presence Of God: Its Place In The Storyline Of Scripture And The Story Of Our Lives" by J. Ryan Lister. (J. Ryan Lister's older brother Rob Lister wrote a book I read last year titled, "God Is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion".)

So the day has gone by. I am feeling absolutely wasted from this winter cold so I will close to feel sick. It will soon be over. There is no way out.

"[1] In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
[2] Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
[3] And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
[4] And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
[5] Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
[6] Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
[7] And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." Isaiah 6:1-7
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