Friday, January 26, 2018
For basic information and understanding of curanderismo this is a good place to start, but not of use if a reader wants to practice.
More works by the Author:
Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing
Monday, January 22, 2018
Being in union with God is explained in the Fifth Chapter and she advises that to best experience this one must only mind the gifts God has given oneself. She also advises that if one cannot stay in prayer and meditation that it is because God is working through ones person.
The Sixth Mansion is the longest chapter and speaks extensively of the various kinds of visionary experiences one will receive when in communion with God.
The Seventh Mansion, the final one, is her personal experience in being in the presence of God. She also speaks of the experiences of Martha and Mary in God's presence.
I had to take breaks between each Mansion to make sure I was digesting and comprehending what Saint Teresa was saying. Although short, the writing is heavy and requires a basic understanding of Catholic theology. The Mansions are beautiful and dense. As I read I recalled times where I felt myself in God's presence. Highly recommended for anybody who wants to experience God's presence personally!
The Cloud of Unknowing - Anonymous
Revelations of Divine Love - Julian of Norwich
Friday, January 19, 2018
As always, Ishiguro brings true to life emotion in his fairy tale novel. I found myself recalling events in my own life as the characters tried to recall past failures and pains. And when they finally come to the surface, their deep pangs echoed in my soul. Yet another masterpiece from this author!
More by the Author:
Never Let Me Go
The Remains of the Day
An Artist of the Floating World
Monday, January 15, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Radha Krishna Temple. It was beautiful both inside and out and I was inspired by the calm I felt while on the grounds. While inside the temple, the dioramas that contained Hanuman caught my interest and I decided to learn a bit more about him. This book was a simple way to get a bit more familiar with this deity while I read more in-depth material.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Taylor wrote this allegorical Christian tale in hopes of countering the popular His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, which contains an atheist point of view. I made it about half-way through the first time I attempted to read this novel and just barely made it to the end this time. While the two main characters, Kate and Thomas, have interesting backgrounds they aren't told in an interesting way. There are several events with the clear purpose of teaching values, like kindness, forgiveness, and the dangers of discrimination, which are wonderful for the audience of young adults. But the sequence of events feels clumsily cobbled together and prevents a cohesive narrative from forming. The conclusion is powerful, however, with both Kate and Thomas learning of the true power they each have through God.
I would not recommend this for more seasoned readers, as the allegory transparent and obvious. But for younger readers or those who enjoy an easy Christian allegorical read, this is a decent read.
Books in the Series:
The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street
Friday, January 5, 2018
At the beginning I was turned off by the main character, Scarlet. Her rage, while understandable, made her somewhat unsympathetic, but as I got further into the book I realized she is just a no-nonsense kind of person. As I expected a romance between Scarlet and Wolf appeared but was not developed.
Cinder's portion was filled with action and tragedy, but also with some unexpected humor with the new addition to her party.
The continuing development of the larger plot line is what made this novel enjoyable for me. I'm interested to see what comes in the next book.
Books in the Series:
Cinder (Book 1)
Cress (Book 3)
The Stepsister Scheme - Jim C. Hines
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast - Nancy Campbell Allen
Monday, January 1, 2018
More by the Author:
Your Inner Fish
In The Universe Within, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do. Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.