"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.
" Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 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.
 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