You will be known forever by the tracks you leave. Native American Proverb

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"...the time of singing birds has come"

Song of Songs 2:11,12a " for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing birds has come."  Not quite!  The rains are still here! But the flower shoots are coming up and a few birds are starting their singing and I do trust in the changing of seasons!

This is the year that I plan to do more re-reading than new reads in hopes of deepening my life instead of just covering more to make it broader.  So I started off with George MacDonald's "There and Back."  Then I followed with "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and then Lois Lowry's wonderful companion books of "The Giver," "Gathering Blue," "Messenger," and "Son" along with "Number the Stars."  I re-read the book I just finished in September, "The Soul of a Pilgrim" by Christine Valters Paintner on eight practices for the journey within.

Several new books were read these past few months.  "Strangers in High Places" by Michael Frome; a book of the Great Smoky Mountains which covered many subjects and aspects of the Smokies and the settlers, mountaineers and Cherokee Indians. Since the territory covered in the book included the Asheville NC side as well as the Knoxville, TN side and as I was familiar with both, it was rich reading for me .... all 400 pages! Another historical book I read was "From London to Appalachia" by Robert L. Breeding which was written for young adults and describes the day-to-day trials and troubles of the pioneers that settled in the Tennessee Valley around 1740 and includes the Cherokee Indian culture. 

I have been interested in Kateri Tekakwitha for quite some time. She was canonized on October 21, 2012. This book "Lily of the Mohawks, the Story of St. Kateri" by Emily Cavins tells the story of her path to sainthood as a Native American in New York and the Jesuit missionaries in the 1650's. Very inspiring!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

How many of these books I read as a youth (in my bookmobile days) I do not know, but reading them as an adult was a delightful rest!  This set was given to us by Gypsi who had enjoyed them via books on tape.  Farmer Boy was my favorite and it was the farming techniques and the food-on-the-table descriptions that made it first place. The illustrations by Garth Williams were excellent and perfect!  Of course, the big question is: "How did one go to the outhouse in The Long Winter?"  And the romance between Laura and Almanzo was almost "Jane Austenish." Is there a cook book with all those recipes?  And the answer is YES and the illustrations are by Garth Williams. 

Little House in the Big Woods
Farmer Boy
Little House on the Prairie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years

Books Read During July - November 2017

The books below almost escaped getting their titles on this list .... I had put them in the library shelves; so glad I found them.

The Ascent to Truth by Thomas Merton
Dialogues with Silence by Thomas Merton (second reading)
Finding God in the Lord of the Rings by Bruner & Ware  
Teresa of Avila The Progress of a Soul by Cathleen Medwick
Margery Kempe translation by Tony D. Triggs (second reading)
Praying with Saint Teresa compiled by Capalbo & Storkey 
Dark Night of the Soul St John of the Cross translated by E. Allison Peers (second reading)
Christian Mystics of the Middle ages edited by Paul de Jaegher
The Way of the English Mystics by Gordon L. Miller
The Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Valters Paintner (read twice)
A Spring Within Us  by Richard Rohr (read twice)
Hinds Feed on High Placed by Hannah Hurnand (third reading)
In Her Words edited by Amy Oden
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor (second reading)
Story of A Soul The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux John Clarke
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Words in Deep Blue by Catherine Crowley
Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Fowler
Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen
Lilth by George MacDonald (second reading)
Phantastes by George MacDonald (second reading)
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (second reading)

Finally getting somewhere in my reading!  Notice the second readings or read twice.  This is something I have always wanted to be able to do but lacked the time.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Reading List for March - June, 2017

Gardening does take a lot of my time during the months of spring, but I somehow manage to read as this list shows.  And although I was unable to post anything, I did collect the books in a stack, as a reminder and keeping them ready when time with energy allowed the posting.  I think I not only need a personal secretary but a librarian to keep my books in order so I can spend more hours reading!

The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickler
The Mountain of Silence by Kyriaos C. Markides
Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill
Heretics and Heros by Thomas Cahill
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
A Spring Within Us by Richard Rohr
The Lamb's Supper by Scott Hahn
The Naked Now by Richard Rohr
Into the Desert by George Lacey, OSB
Proclaim Jubilee by Maria Harris
When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee
Journeying in Place by Gunilla Norris
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Our Heritage and Our Hope Church Street United Methodist Church
Church Street Methodists by Isaac Patton Martin
Book of Saints by Smithmark Publishers

Thursday, February 23, 2017

List of Books Including Advent, Lent, Prayer and Devotional Books

Another list of books in my personal library:

The House of the Lord by Francis Frangipane
Seeking God, The Way of St. Benedict by Esther de Waal
Saint Benedict for the Laity by Eric Dean
The Rule of Saint Benedict edited by Timothy Fry, O.S.B.
The Rule of Saint Benedict edited by Abbot Justin McCannm, O.S.B.
The Blood of the Cross by Andrew Murray
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
All Things are Possible The Healing & Charismatic Revivals by David Edwin Harrell, Jr.
Mindful of the Love by Stephen F. Bayne, Jr.

Advent & Lent Books:
Mosaic by Shane Stanford
Advent and Christmas by Henri Nouwen
Love Came Down compiled by Christopher Webber
Watch for Light by Plough Publishing House
A Time to Turn by Christopher Webber
The Eight Deadlier Sins by Hubert C. Libbey
On a Wild and Windy Mountain by William H Willimon

Prayer Books:
Diary of Private Prayer by John Ballie
Treasury of Christian Prayer selected by Olwn Turchetta
Praying with Jewish Tradition compiled by Elias Kopciowski
Prayers Across the Centuries selected by Harold Shaw Publishers
The Book of Uncommon Prayer edited by Constance Pallock
Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts
Abba Father by William Dewitt Hyde
The Prayers of St. Francis compiled by Bader
Praying with Hildegard of Bingen by Gloria Durka
Prayer Walking by Linus Mundy
Psalms by Deietrich Bonhoeffer
Living with God by E. W. Trueman Dicken
God of Peace with Lyrics from Maire Bernnan's Perfect Time Album
One Hundred Graces selected by Marcia & Jack Kelly

Devotional Books:
The Tender Words of God by Ann Spangler
Daily Readings from Spiritual Classics edited by Paul Ofstedal
Simple Prayers by Kenneth and Karen Boa

Jostein Gaarder: The Solitaire Mystery, Sophie's World, Through a Glass, Darkly

Jostein Gaarder was born in 1952 in Oslo, Norway.  He made his literary debut in 1986 with a collection of short stories, which was soon followed by two young adult novels. In 1990 he received the Norwegian Literary Critics' Award and the Ministry of Cultural and Scientific affairs' Literary prize for The Solitaire Mystery. Sophie's World, A Novel About the History of Philosophy (includes an index), Gaarder's first book to appear in the English language, occupied the number-one spot on Norway's bestseller list for three years. Now published in more than thirty countries, the novel has also enjoyed number-one bestseller status in Great Britain, germany, and France and has appeared on bestseller lists in many countries, including Italy, spain, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Argentina, and the United States. Mr. Gaarder, who taught high school philosophy for eleven years in Norway, is now a full-time writer. He lives with his wife and two sons in Oslo.

I have read The Solitaire Mystery three times and Sophie's World twice and will be reading Through a Glass, Darkly again after I read Vita Brevis and The Christmas Mystery. All three are excellent, extraordinary page-turners and altogether unique. I need to locate and read.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Books I Have Read Before Starting Beyond Sixty

Here is a long list of some of the books that I have read prior to starting this blog of Beyond Sixty that I wish to include at this time for coordination.  They are all worthy to be in the shelves of my library. There isn't any order to the list.

Narrative of My Captivity with the Sioux Indians by Fanny Kelly
Fanny Kemble's Civil War by Catherine Clinton
Southern Cross by Christine Leigh Heyrman
A Consuming Fire by Eugene D. Genovese
The High Cost of Holiness by W. Phillip Keller
His Way to Pray by W. Phillip Keller
Changes by John Michael Talbot
Mere Discipleship by Lee C. Camp
No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Praying the Scriptures by Judson Cornwall
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Three Simple Rules by Rueben P. Job
Quiet Strength by Rosa Parks
Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God by Francis Frangipane
The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane
Beyond the Worship Wars by Thomas G. Long
Monastic Wisdom by Hugh Feiss
The Circle of Seasons by Kimberlee Conway Ireton
Facing East by Frederica Mathewes-Green
The Intentional Life by Cardinal Basil Hume
The Way of a Pilgrim translated by RM French
Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
The Rule of Saint Benedict edited by Thomas Moore
Tintern by Esther de Waal
The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill
What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches by Henry Blackaby
The Power of the Spirit by William Law
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The Confessions of St. Augustine translated by John K. Ryan
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Notes from Underground, Poor People, The Friend of the Family by Fyodor Dostoyesvsky
The Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock
Christ in the Camp (Civil War) by J. William Jones
Captivating by John and  Stasi Eldridge
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
God's Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson
Tell Me The Truth About Love by W. H. Auden
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis
A Year of Sundays by Little Rock Scripture Study