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another soldier served six months in prison for listening to Radio Free Europe

It is in the flow of Time here West Michigan 1:13 PM Thursday afternoon. I visited a local thrift store this morning and found these used books to add to our library-

"The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism" by Tina Rosenberg

"Frankenstein" a novel by Mary Shelley

"A Real Life" A Novel by Ha Jin

"Oblomov" a novel by Ivan Gomcharov (Translated by Natalie Duddington)

I am now going through the afternoon hours. I am still not feeling on top of the mountain. I wanted to write down some thoughts about making videos for YouTube about books.

I plan to make more videos about the books I collect and read in YouTube. I find that I approach literature differently than people who are not Christians. I am a Christian and therefore every book I read I interpret it or read it through the mind of a Christian. I judge books by what the Bible says is True Reality. I think one of the reasons I read more non-fiction than fiction is because I do not read to escape from Reality. I read to learn more about the Reality around me. I read to learn new things about the world. I do find myself in conflict at times because I believe this present world is passing away and I look forward to the world to come or the New Creation. I often ask myself why am I reading books that set forth a world that is passing away or is full of vanity. Why learn new things when all I need to know is what is to be found in the pages of the Bible. I suppose I read in order to fill my days with something innocent and on some level intellectually enjoyable. I do love words. I do love reading words. I do love language. But there is always a process of discernment going on when I am reading a book either fiction or non-fiction. I have to be careful about the spiritual condition of my inner man. I have to keep my heart or affections/thoughts on the Lord. I want to enjoy being in the light of God presence throughout my days here on earth. I am not out to escape from God but to draw ever closer to Him. When I am reading a book I know I am before the presence of the Lord/in fellowship with the Lord Jesus. I do not want what I read to hinder that relationship I have with the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to be one with God all the Time. These thoughts come to me when I am reading books.

Sometimes I wonder if I am bringing unnecessary stress into my life by having one foot in the world of books and one foot in heavenly realities. There is a battle for our minds as we go through this Wasteland world.

"[6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
[7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
[8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
[9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." Phil. 4:6-9

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