“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”
After nearly two weeks of planning and baking and decorating and cooking, Thanksgiving seemed to blow in and out like a summer storm. It was wonderful and ever so brief. Lingering around the table with coffee and dessert never lasts long enough for me. The rest of the weekend, I spent playing board/card games and reading. My weekend reads consisted of a few exceptional blog archives from Conversion Diary (and some of her links) and the book Uncharted by Angela Hunt, along with some excellent Advent readings. My mind is still reeling. I approached this book with a healthy degree of skepticism when I read this on the back cover:
Would love to discuss Uncharted with you, honey! Sure makes you think, doesn’t it?
What are you reading for Advent? Any good suggestions? We have read Jotham’s Journey and Bartholomew’s Passage in the past. This year, it’s Tabitha’s Travels.
Hi! I'm Kirsten... says
WOW! Edie, there is too much meat in here to even tackle all at once.
1. I will be reading this book too.
2. What a peaceful, restful weekend it sounds like you had and I am glad of that for you.
3. CS Lewis is my rock star author crush too. Can I be #3 to have coffee with him in heaven?!
4. Advent is something I want to start celebrating with my husband. I used to as a kid but then when I had to start finding rides to church with friends and the only churches I went to didn’t celebrate advent it just sort of fell by the wayside. I miss that dedication to a month of remembrance and consideration of Christmas not related to gifts and santa figurines.
Edie, your posts have become part of my new weekly routine [daily if I had even more available blog time]. I adore the thoughts you share and I am grateful that you take the time to bless all your readers.
Dreams of a Country Girl says
Edie — Wanna do a guest post on my blog????
Seriously, let me know when and what…
love you…XXXOOO, cg
I totally love this post! xoxo Keli
Thanks for the wonderful post. I honestly can say I have never read any of C.S Lewis’s books. What would be your recomindation for my first one?
Trying to Stay Calm! says
I am new here! What a great blog! ♥ Hugs!
Sandy Toes says
What a great Term…like a storm..mine was like that too!
This book seems good..I have been bad about reading…I have great intentions and then get in bed and fall asleep!
super tweaky mel says
I love CS Lewis too! Total literary crush!!! Your weekend sounds dreamy!!!
I bought a fair trade advent calendar to celebrate the advent. I think I will follow your lead though and make my celebration BIGGER! Honestly, it has never been as big a deal in our family as it should have been. I’m here to change that.
I really love your blog. Your 4 points were very true. Very true.
I’m so glad you won over at Carissa’s! I love her whimsical creations.
So I check out The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity but never got the chance to read them. I guess I’ll have to just buy them. Everyone say’s C.S. Lewis is great, so it must be true. Glad you had a great weekend and I’ve missed my blogging friends too. I have a feeling with Christmas and homeschooling, blogging will be less frequent for me.
Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" says
From one homeschooling mom to another, this post speaks to my very soul. My lovely daughter is now 17 and when someone may have a question as to our choice to homeschool, all they need to do is to meet her. I spent many hours volunteering at her grammar school as well. We started homeschooling in high school! I was so torn, should we, shouldn’t we. I can tell you that I’m so glad we did. She is a complete book fiend. Adores books and I kid her that she seems to ‘twitch’ a little when we drive past Borders. 🙂 Have a happy week. Warmly, Cathy ^..^
carissa... brown eyed fox says
we are book freaks too! 🙂
my problem… i get five or six going at once… silly… just finish one carissa!
Loved your post! I am also a huge fan of Lewis, as are my children. I have got to pick up this book – thanks for the recommendation.
Japanese Katana Sword says
very cute vera shoe! thank u so much!!!