January 22nd, 2020

the road to conversion

It is 1:15 PM afternoon on a Wednesday. It is a cold sunny day. I left this morning to do errands and also to visit thrift stores North Holland. I found these used books this morning to add to our library-

'Bombardiers' a Satire by Po Bronson

'Friends Of My Youth: Stories' by Alice Munro

'Who Killed Palomino Molero?' A novel by Mario Vargas Llosa translated by Alfred Mac Adam

'Sunlight on a Broken Column' a novel by Attia Hosain

'Beirut Blues' a novel by Hanan al-Shaykh Translated by Catherine Cobham

'Salt' a novel by Earl Lovelace

'Ripley Under Ground' a mystery by Patricia Highsmith

'Ripley Under Water' a mystery by Patricia Highsmith

'Deadline: A Memoir' by James Reston

'Killing Dragons: The Conquest Of The Alps' Mountain Climbing/Adventure by Fergus Fleming

'Pig Earth' Short Stores by John Berger

'The Mismeasure Of Man' essays by Stephen Jay Gould

'VN: The Life and Art of Vladimir Nabokov' biography by Andrew Field

'The Diviner's Tale' a novel by Bradford Morrow

'Thomas Merton On Mysticism' by Raymond Bailey

So these are the old used books I bought today for our library. I figure all together I spent around ten dollars for all these used books. A real steal for me a old crazy book lover. I already have cataloged these used books into my LibraryThing site.

I am tired so I will close. I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. I spent the morning hours doing the usual activities. Carol called from the Seattle Airport. Carol flies from Seattle to Chicago and then takes plane to Grand Rapids. She has an hour lay over in Chicago before flying to Grand Rapids. She said she thinks she will be home around 5 o'clock PM.

All I have attempted to read today was from a book titled, 'Pages From The Goncourt Journals' Edmond And Jules De Goncourt Edited, translated, and with an Introduction by Robert Baldick. Last night I made a video for my Youtube channel and read, 'The Second Angel' a Science Fiction novel by Philip Kerr. Well, I need to close to do some cleaning before Carol comes home from being away out in the far Pacific Northwest.
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The Top Ten Nonfiction Books Tag

In Booktube there is tag going around called The Top Ten Nonfiction Books Tag that I plan to do soon. Right now I am thinking of what ten nonfiction books are my favorites. I have many nonfiction books that I could list as my favorites, but I need to limit myself to just ten. I plan to dig out ten nonfiction books soon and then film a video showing those ten books.

These are the ten nonfiction books I decided to show in a future Youtube video-

1. 'Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Man's Spiritual Consciousness' by Evelyn Underhill

2. 'The Doctrine of God' by Herman Bavinck Translated By William Hendriksen

3. The Religious Affections' by Jonathan Edwards

4. 'A History of Christianity' by Paul Johnson

5. 'A Religious History Of The American People' by Sydney E. Ahlstrom

6. 'The True And Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics' by Christopher Lasch

7. 'Anti-Intellectualism In American Life' by Richard Hofstadter

8. 'The Feminization Of American Culture' by Ann Douglas

9. 'No Place Of Grace: Antimodernism And The Transformation Of American Culture 1880-1920' by Jackson Lears

10. 'The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience" by R.E.L. Masters & Jean Houston, Ph.D.

I have many favorite nonfiction books, but these ten are ones I have often picked up over the years to reread or to just read portions of when I am in the mood to ponder existence in this dead American world.
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A Hippie Dream

It is 10:13 PM Wednesday night here in West Michigan. I feel like writing down some stuff before going to bed. Carol did get home around 5 o'clock PM this evening. She went to bed early and I have been reading this evening from one of my favorite books titled, 'Of Time, Work, and Leisure' by Sebastian de Grazia.

Carol while she was out in the Pacific Northwest picked up some used books for me. These are the used books my wife got for me while she was in Seattle Washington visiting our son Josiah and his wife and daughter-

'Christ Stopped At Eboli: The Story Of A Year' diary by Carlo Levi Translated from the Italian by Frances Frenaye

'The Fun Of It: Stories From The Talk Of The Town The New Yorker' Edited By Lillian Ross [Modern Library]

'Captured By History: One Man's Vision Of Our Tumultuous Century' memoir by John Toland

'Eisenhower's Armies: The American-British Alliance During World War II' by Niall Barr

'Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream' memoir by Neil Young

I will close to read and wait to get sleepy. Tomorrow is a Thursday in the flow of my ordinary life in union with the Godhead Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

"[1] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
[2] (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
[3] That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
[4] And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
[5] This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
[6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
[7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
[8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
[9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
[10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." First John 1:1-10
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