Friday, March 26, 2010 19 comments By: Suzanne

The Friday 56: The Crucible



Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

This week the closest book is The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It was out because Ken was going to read it and it just kind of stayed out, like books do.

Elizabeth: Pregnant! Are they mad? The woman's near to sixty!
Friday, March 19, 2010 12 comments By: Suzanne

Friday 56: Misquoting Jesus



Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

OOPS! Almost forgot today!! I woke up late and had to rush off to see a client that I don't normally see on Fridays. It's Spring Break here, so everything is on it's own schedule.

This week's selection comes from the same book I talked about on Wednesday, Misquoting Jesus: The story behind who changed the Bible and why by Bart D. Ehrman. I haven't gotten to page 56 yet but so far, it's a very interesting book.


In Codex Vaticanus, however, the original scribe produced a slightly different text, with a verb that sounded similar in Greek; here the text reads instead reads: "Christ manifests {Greek: PHANERON] all things by the word of his power."

ok, ok I guess I have to qualify this. The previous sentence says, In the opening of the book of Hebrews there is a passage in which, according to most manuscripts, we are told that "Christ bears [Greek: PHERON] all things by the word of his power" (Heb 1:3).
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1 comments By: Suzanne

WHAT'S THAT??!! Wednesday

This is a new thing I'm starting for myself but would be thrilled if anyone wanted to join. I know there are a lot of memes out there for Wednesdays but I've never really found one I felt compelled to participate in. WHAT'S THAT??!! Wednesday is going to be fairly loose in terms of "rules," unlike my Friday 56. Basically the rules are:

1. Discuss something shocking you found in a book recently.

Yep, that's it. One "rule" and it's not even that very structured. Hopefully by next week I'll have come up with a logo for it.

I've always been interested in the religions of the world, and since I live among mostly Christians (being in Texas), I find Christianity particularly fascinating. What I find most fascinating is the early Christian Church and how it was formulated over the first couple centuries. I've decided recently to read more on the history of the church and picked up two books from objective authors. I think this is very important. I feel reading anything with a strictly Christian or strictly atheist agenda would color the book. I found Richard Dawkins interesting but will probably never read anymore of his books. I get it, he hates Christianity. Don't need to read anymore. But I also don't want to read something that slants the history in a pro-Christian way either. The first book I picked up is A History of Christianity by Paul Johnson. Even though he is a Christian, he states clearly in his introduction that he his writing a strictly historical account. He says, "A Christian historian who draws the line limiting the field of enquiry at any point whatsoever, is admitting the limits of his faith."

The other book I picked up is Misquoting Jesus: The story behind who changed the Bible and why by Bart D. Ehrman. It was in this book that I found my shocking quote for the day:

In some of his letters, such as Romans and Galatians,Paul had taught that a right standing before God came only by faith in Christ, not by doing any of the works prescribed by the Jewish law. Marcion took this differentiation between the law of the Jews and faith in Christ to what he saw as its logical conclusion, that there was an absolute distinction between the law on the one hand and the gospel on the other. So distinct were the law and the gospel in fact, that both could not possibly have come from the same God. Marcion concluded that the God of Jesus (and Paul) was not, therefore, the God of the Old Testament.
Friday, March 12, 2010 20 comments By: Suzanne

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!


I am sitting in the living room this morning and what I keep on the shelf in here is mainly photo albums but closer than those is The Sivananda Companion to Yoga, a great book for learning new poses if you can't get to a class. But it also has other great information about keeping the body healthy.

Page 56 in this book is a description of the Half Spinal Twist.

Keep your spine erect and your shoulders level in the position and breathe steadily, twisting a little more each time you exhale.
Friday, March 5, 2010 28 comments By: Suzanne

The Friday 56: Mythology


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

This week the closest book is Edith Hamilton's Mythology. We had to read through this is junior high and it has remained one of my favorite sources on Greek and Roman myths. A few years ago when one of my roommate lost my original copy, I went out and bought another. I was sad that all my notes from that junior high class were lost but I still have the book and that's what matters!

Zeus was madly in love with her and told her that anything she asked of him he would do; he swore it by the river Styx, the oath that not even he himself could break. She told him that what she wanted above all else was to see him in his full splendor as King of Heaven and Lord of the Thunderbolt.

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