IBW (Independent Books Week) 2016 TAG
1. What book(s) are currently in your bag? What is currently in my bag is a New Testament and a book titled, "The Glory Of The Empire A Novel, A History" by Jean D' Ormesson (Translated from the French by Barbara Bray)
2. What’s the last great book you read? I do not like the word great but the last good book I read was titled, "A Summer Without Men" a novel by Siri Hustvedt
3. What book have you gifted the most? The book I have given away the most would be, "The Collected Works of St. John the Cross"
4. What’s your favourite independent bookshop? Black River Books in South Haven MI
5. What’s been your favourite book recommended by a bookseller (or fellow Booktuber)? "Paris Vagabond" by Jean-Paul Clebert (Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith)
6. What’s your favourite bookshop memory? I do not have any favorite bookshop memory.
7. What do bookshops mean to you? What do you love about them? I like bookshops because you never know what you are going to find. I love the smell of old books.
8. What are the books that made you? Which books have most affected or influenced you? The books that have made me are The Bible, "The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross" and "The Cloud of Unknowing".
9. What book do you recommend readers gift for Father’s Day? The Bible and he already has Bible I recommend this biography, "William James In The Maelstrom Of American Modernism" by Robert D. Richardson. (Another great biography on William James I highly recommend is titled, "William James" by Gay Wilson Allen.)
10. What book is currently at the top of your TBR pile? "Melville in Love: The Secret Life Of Herman Melville And The Muse Of Moby-Dick" by Michael Shelden
It is in the death flow 10:55 AM Monday morning. It is the first day of Summer 2016. Time for summer decay. It is thundering outside as I write these words. We need a nice summer thunderstorm, because everything is brown dry. Carol said it was 120 degrees in Phoenix yesterday. People were dying from heat exposure (sounds like the Day of Judgment dying from the heat of God's wrath).
I have had a normal morning thus far. I was up by 7:30 AM this morning. I had feverish dreams all night. The bed sheets were soaked in sweat this morning so I threw them into the wash.
When I got out of bed this morning I made a pot of coffee and ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Next I messed with our main computer and then I wrote in my paper diary. I have been wandering my cell this morning and reading with spiritual delight THE ASCENT OF MOUNT CARMEL by St. John of the Cross.
Last night I made a video and read my books on Iris Murdoch. I went to bed around 11:30 PM last night.
Carol called me last night around 8:30 PM. She sounded worn out. I do not think she is having such a wonderful time there. I think Carol went to Phoenix because she felt she had to. Carol wants to be a good Grandma even if it is not always enjoyable. Carol is a good Christian woman. Most of what she does as a Christian duty not something she does because it feels good. We are called to suffer self-denial. So Carol will be home this coming Thursday exhausted and ready to go back to work. No time off for my hard working self-denying wife. I should add that our daughter Beth is pregnant with their third child. She is due February 2017 Lord willing. So Carol and I will have another grandchild to love and cherish.
I will close to wait for Noon to fall on top of me like a ton of cow dung.
" And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" Rev. 6:12-17
Isaiah chapter 64 (Old Testament/Bible)
 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?