December Reading: Why We Love The Church

Good book, but I lost my interest and ended up skimming the last half. It highlighted many problems people have with church, but those of us who already see these issues and love it anyways may find the book unengaging toward the end. This book convinced me to stick to nonfiction that has stood the test of time, because a fine test time has turned out to be.

My take: read it if you’re having doubts about organized religion.

November Reading: The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes

I decided to revisit this ever so clever series to break from another book I was reading. Refreshing and witty, Sir Doyle continues to amaze me. The ending is sad, which is surprising the first time through. I read the collected works in middle school, so all this is a repeat.

My take: so clever and cunning, with dashes of brilliance to take the edge off. Then he dies. (oops, spoiler alert!)

Take A Walk

One of my favorite quotes is from an article by David Murray:

Here’s a test: Spend one day surfing the Internet and spend another roaming your neighborhood. See how many good dinner table stories you have after each. There won’t be a contest.

Yesterday I walked to the Convention Center. In that one half hour…

  • I saw Tom hitting up Abraham for a job shoveling his walk.
  • I chatted with Tom as we headed down 11th. He told me all about the places he goes to shovel, what folks give him for it, how he gets new clients, etc. He’s a very talkative fellow.
  • I walked past a drug deal in progress. One guy says “why don’t I just buy from him?” “It’ll be 20 minutes, just wait.” I kept walking.
  • A man asked me for money.
  • Another guy, who was likely mentally hindered in some way, walked across Franklin with oncoming traffic. They stopped and honked, while he talked to himself about how people need to be aware of where they’re driving.
  • A woman was walking her dog, talking to it in a really high pitched voice. She went down about 3 octaves to say hi to me.
  • A business man glanced at me, and walked on.

October Reading: Frankenstein

Through the eyes of a young adventurer in search of the North Pole, we hear the tale of Frankenstein.

This is a story of perfect joy brought to complete despair. Victor Frankenstein is one of the more respectable, hardworking, brilliant, blessed men you will ever read about. In a fit of genius and shortsight, Frankenstein creates life. But instead of being a beautiful thing, this life belongs to a monster who plagues all with pain.

My take: a brilliant story, and an excellent read.

Noteworthy

I’ve done it before, and I’m doing it again. Here is all the music I tagged in Shazam between March 24, 2010 and yesterday .

  1. Wouldn’t It Be Good, by Nik Kershaw
  2. Funkytown, by Lipps, Inc.
  3. Crazy, by Seal
  4. The Rhumba Jumps, by Billy May / Mel Tormé
  5. Misery Business, by Paramore
  6. In My Head, by Jason Derulo Feat. Nicki Minaj
  7. Gimme Sympathy, by Metric
  8. Clone, by Leo Kottke / Mike Gordon (just silly)
  9. Layla, by Eric Clapton
  10. All I Have, by Mat Kearney
  11. The Rake’s Song, by The Decemberists (this song is messed up)
  12. Vertigo, by U2
  13. I Will Follow You Into The Dark, by Death Cab For Cutie
  14. King Of Anything, by Sarah Bareilles
  15. Wonderwall, by Oasis  (I’m so ashamed that I had to tag it to remember the name)
  16. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, End Movement “a Clockwork Orange”, by OST / Keine Künstlerinformation (that means Original Sound Track / no artist information)
  17. Doubt, by Delphic
  18. Maybe I’m Amazed, by Wings
  19. Kodachrome, by Paul Simon (even more sad since it was discontinued)
  20. Free Life, by Dan Wilson
  21. Major Tom, by Peter Schilling
  22. Let There Be Love, by Oasis
  23. One Night In Bangkok, by Tim Rice (while my roommate was in Thailand)
  24. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, by The Script
  25. The Fear, by Lily Allen
  26. Barracuda, by Heart
  27. Bad Day, by Daniel Powter
  28. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, by U2
  29. In My Head, by Jason Derülo
  30. Sweet Disposition, by The Temper Trap
  31. Polite Dance Song, by The Bird And The Bee (this one is awesome)
  32. The Only Exception, by Paramore
  33. Neckbrace, by Ratatat
  34. Black Balloon, by The Goo Goo Dolls (by far their best song)
  35. One, by Three Dog Night
  36. Sunshine, by Johnathan Edwards (not the theologian)
  37. How You Like Me Now?, by The Heavy
  38. Before The Morning, by Josh Wilson
  39. Be Mine, by David Gray
  40. Tempted, by Paul Carrack
  41. Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, by Spin Doctors
  42. Neckbrace, by Ratatat (it was just as good the second time)
  43. The Story, by Brandi Carlile (she’s really cute)
  44. Forget You, by Cee Lo Green
  45. Neckbrace, by Ratatat (it was just as good the third time)
  46. I Belong To You, by Muse
  47. White Blank Page, by Mumford & Sons
  48. Cooler Than Me, by Mike Posner
  49. Trouble, by Coldplay
  50. Fugitive, by David Gray
  51. Amie, by Pure Prairie League
  52. Airplanes, by Local Natives
  53. Forever, by Chris Brown
  54. Fresh Air, by Brother Ali
  55. Gimme Some Lovin’, by The Spencer Davis Group
  56. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree, by KT Tunstall
  57. Do You Realize??, by The Flaming Lips
  58. Whataya Want From Me, by Adam Lambert
  59. Ready For The Floor, by Hot Chip (these guys have the best creepy music video ever)
  60. Everything Is Everything~, by Lauryn Hill
  61. Where It’s At, by Beck
  62. Just Dance, by Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
  63. The Only Exception, by Paramore (not as good as the first time)
  64. Go Do, by Jónsi
  65. Secrets, by OneRepublic
  66. Dare You To Move, by Switchfoot
  67. Run, by Vampire Weekend
  68. My Love, The Bird And The Bee
  69. Conversation 16, by The National
  70. Close, by Art Of Noise
  71. Dynamite, by Taio Cruz
  72. Rolling In The Deep, by Adele
  73. Please Forgive Me, by David Gray

I forgot how much I liked some of these songs. And how little I cared for others.

September Reading: Every Man’s Battle

Sexual immorality.

How often do you read that in the Bible? It is never put in a flattering category, nor looked highly upon, but the opposite. Yet it is so prevalent in the lives of men.

This book dealt in very stark terms with the horrors and consequences of sexual immorality, and sought to help those who want to live apart from sin.

I found the most effective advice was to starve the imagination. Wandering eyes throughout the day gives the mind ammunition for lust. The casual glances, the outright stares, the ogling of attractive women, these things are fodder for the beast within, and can lead to devastating sin. Stop temptation at the gate of your eyes, before it can get to your heart.

While the book was written mainly for married men, it still serves to warn and instruct those of us who are single. Women may find this book helps their understanding of men’s struggles too (not to say women don’t deal with lust).

My take: a helpful read for one who wants to change.