March 21st, 2021

a small thrift store used books haul & some new books

'The Statement' A Novel by Brian Moore

'The Magicians Wife' A Novel by Brian Moore

'The Black Robe' A Novel by Brian Moore

'Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival' memoir by Christopher Benfey

'A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, & Martin Johnson Heade' Literary History by Christopher Benfey

'Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable' Literary History by Christopher Benfey

'Understanding The Black Mountain Poets' by Edward Halsey Foster

'The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance' memoir by Edmund De Waal

'Little, Big,' A Novel by John Crowley

'Medieval Art' Second Edition by Marilyn Stokstad

'Hearst Castle: Biography of A Country House' by Victoria Kastner Foreword By George Plimpton

'Citizen Hearst' A Biography by W. A. Swanberg

'The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst' by David Nasaw

'Little, Big' A Fantasy Novel by John Crowley

'Medieval Art' Second Edition by Marilyn Stokstad

'The Gray Notebook' memoir by Josep Pla Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush (New York Review Book)

'Saving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed Tradition' by Oliver D. Crisp

'The Message Of The Holy Spirit' by Keith Warrington (The Bible Speaks Today)

'The Message Of Worship' by John Risbridger (The Bible Speaks Today)

'Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division In Early Evangelicalism' by Ryan Nicholas Danker
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the doctrine of divine timelessness

It is 12:46 PM Sunday afternoon here in West Michigan. It is a warm early Spring day. It has been predicted to be warm all week.

I got up this morning around 6:05 AM and spent the morning doing the usual. I do the same things every morning. My life is a constant repeat, which is a blessing. I love a life that does not change or is empty of chaos. I enjoy the contemplative life. I read and write most of each day. I am not into the world. All that I want is right here in this house.

I did film a video this morning showing folks some used books I bought last week at thrift stores. I also showed in this short video some new books I got in the mail yesterday. I mainly read till Noontime from a book titled, 'The Life of Jesus Christ' Part One, Volume 1, Chapters 1-40 by Ludolph of Saxony.

I do not know what I will read this afternoon. Maybe I should get the house ready for Carol's return from being away out West. Emily is picking Carol up at the Grand Rapids Airport late this afternoon.

Last night I wrote in my diary and read before going to bed from a book I had been reading last year titled, 'The Gray Notebook' (New York Review Book) by Josep Pla Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush.

Well I will close to drift.

Lou, baby Norah, & Carol
Lou, baby Norah, & Carol

Lou, Jack, & Marn
Lou, Jack, & Marn

Norah, Lou, Beth, Andy & Marn
Norah, Lou, Beth, Andy & Marn
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the sweetest exercises which flow from the indwelling Spirit

"Truly, our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."—I John i. 3.

Precious, blessed consideration! Art thou, my soul, at this time in the full enjoyment of it? Pause over the inquiry. Sometimes, for the want of this search of soul, and the neglect of it, deadness, or at least leanness, creeps in. Say then, my soul, how art thou dealing with thy God? and how is thy God dealing with thee? When were his latest manifestations? When did he take thee to his banqueting-house; or when didst thou sit under his shadow? Hast thou very lately heard his voice, saying, "Fear not, I am thy salvation?" The discovery of these things are among the sweetest exercises which flow from the indwelling Spirit. Go on further in the inquiry - how art thou dealing with thy God? When hadst thou fellowship and communion with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ? What petitions hast thou now awaiting for answers from the heavenly court? What grateful acknowledgments have lately gone up for mercies received? How is thine acquaintance there advancing? How art thou growing in grace, and in the knowledge of thy Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? If these things are neglected by thee, will not a strangeness between thy God and thee come on; such as is induced by earthly friendships, when absence and time, where there is no correspondence kept up, wears out remembrance? My soul, rouse up, and consider the vast importance of keeping up constant intercourse with thy God and Saviour. Precious Jesus! do thou keep the flame of love alive; manifest to my soul the certainty and reality of my union with thee, thou sweet Saviour, by causing this blessed communion to be constant, unceasing, and full of divine communications. Let thy Spirit call forth in me the exercise of the graces he hath planted; and do thou come forth in refreshing manifestations of love; so that, while prayers go up, blessings may come down; and while thou art graciously saying, "Seek ye my face," my heart may say unto thee, "Thy face, Lord, will I seek." Oh, the blessedness of such a life to break the power of sin; to revive and strengthen the spirits; to open and to enlarge to my view the discoveries of thy Person, thy glory, thy riches, thy suitableness, thine all-sufficiency. If, dearest Jesus, thou wilt mercifully keep this fellowship, this partnership, alive in my soul, how will my poor soul be living upon thee, and with thee; and how shall I be exchanging with thee all my leanness, poverty, wretchedness, and weakness, for thy fulness, riches, righteousness, and strength? Come, then, Lord Jesus, and "until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart, upon the mountains of Bether." Robert Hawker
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