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page 233 of my 2014 diary


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Mar. 25th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
What is your profession? ( I assume the books relate to your profession; otherwise you have a profoundly in-depth hobby that takes a lot of study.)
Mar. 25th, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
I have no profession. I am a book worm. I take pictures of books because people who write need inspiration. Sometimes those who keep diaries need inspiration or ought to read other diaries to give them food for thought. Often the well runs dry and we need to drink from other wells.

My last job was hauling eggs off farm trucks.
Mar. 25th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: profession
The theme of your books--I've been following them for awhile--are decidedly similar in kind. You are clearly studying Christian faith and history on far more than an introductory level. Thus my question had to do with whether you were in the ministry professionally or had some other reason to pursue such lengthy and in-depth study.
Mar. 25th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: profession
I have been a Christian since 1970. I have always been a book worm. I have gone to Bible College and Seminary. I did study to be a conservative Presbyterian gospel preacher or Teaching Elder. I never went into the Gospel Ministry, which is a long story. I love to read so as being a Christian I read solid Christian literature. I suppose I read books a minister might read who loved studying the Bible. I read all kinds of books. I love to read.

What kind of books do you like to read?

John F. Kennedy High School - Richmond, CA (1968 - 1970
Reformed Bible College - Grand Rapids, MI (1978 - 1981)
Reformed Theological Seminary - Jackson, MS (1982 - 1986)

life story

a recent entry

egg pit terminated me

Edited at 2014-03-25 09:44 pm (UTC)
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: profession
I'm an artist, also a Christian, in that rare space between serious pursuit of both simultaneously. (A struggle like no other. The faith was staying; the question of art had it's own complicated problems.) There was a time when the books of the sort that you picture would have been available to me, as my father was a minister. Having gone to Christian school, I would have read literature of that nature during the course of my studies, but it was likely to be of my own volition, rather than required texts. (Much of what I know probably has more to do with the lifelong discourse between me and my father.

I have always been a reader, and I read all sorts of things. Edit out the vampire/warewolf trend, and Young Adult Literature has always been my favorite. I love stories that look into the hearts and lives of people, and adolescents have a particularly fond place in my heart. But my shelves contain a multiplicity of books. In the recent past, I have read a great deal of work on mental illness and related topics (such as self injury or eating disorders). Most of these titles have been biographical or in the genre of serious study, but "Batman and Psychology" sits on my shelf having yet to be read. I collect books of art, including graphic novels of select artists. (Not all comics are created equally.) There are books about writing, books about the process (and difficulties) in art making, books about professional issues regarding the same, as well as educational books about the developmental states of artmaking, particularly in young adolescents. I have leftover books from college: biology, the history of ideas, and another assortment. (There weren't' many textbooks required where I attended college. I went to a fine arts college (top 5!) and most of what we did was hands-on learning.) Novels. I enjoy well-written novels and personal biography, particularly if there is a psychological component. I have a handful of books in German (not fluent) in addition to textbooks, and a handful in Spanish (not fluent), which I'm currently learning. I also have endless amounts of notebooks, journals, and sketchbooks.

Were I to enter my husband's study, I could find the rest of the spectrum: history, science, high-end math (which I can't fathom), more scholarly theological works, dictionaries of many kinds, and Scripture in both Hebrew and Greek (which he translates). (Also English, but there are Bibles all over our house so that's not particular to his space.)

I'm probably missing some here, but I tend to be pretty well-rounded. I don't read cookbooks because I don't cook, and I don't necessarily overlap with all of my husband's interests. (He has a PhD in BioChemistry, so he has 10 years of advanced learning that I simply have not experienced.) Oh. We also share an interest in deep water fish. (Like the creepy dark ones that live at the secret bottom of the ocean.) Interestingly, I also can't read music (not for want of training or trying). There are a handful of children's books and ghost stories.

Kinda sorta everything. (I keep feeling like I'm leaving something out.)
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: profession
Day-um do you have a complex and varied life story. You are also remarkably honest.
I would have left a comment but am not listed as a friend and crookedfingers doesn't let non-friends post comments.

"Reformed" can mean many things; are you still a devout Calvinist?
I believe my father also studied under Peter Toon (Toom? That guy... I forget his full name but recognized it upon reading it) or read a series of books he developed.

If you like theology-in-action and the outskirts of society, I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Heart-Power-Boundless-Compassion/dp/1439153159 which is the story of a Jesuit priest who works with LA gang (and former gang) members. My city is different but the heart of his message and ministry is very close to my own heart and life dreams. Where you and I seem to differ is this: You feel guilty with money in your pocket; I want money in my pocket so that I can support myself and the beautiful renegade children running around these streets. Currently I am unable to do either. One day I want to adopt the kids that nobody else wants. Right now I'm waiting on the Lord for about five zillion things, and it's driving me crazy. (In my former life I was a teacher, and spent the last 3 of my teaching years in Baltimore City. That gig ended 3 years ago and I've been wandering the desert like my jewish ancestors since. Except that it's not a literal desert.)
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: profession
When I was in seminary I had a seminar with Toon on Christian Spirituality-I have some of Toon's books in our library-maybe I already mentioned Toon in those blog entries-anyway Toon was a fine Christian and scholar.

I suppose I am a devout Calvinist-meaning I hold that salvation is by sovereign free grace. I am more these days a Christian than a Calvinist. I am not into modern American Evangelicalism.

Here are some pictures of some of my books.

Thanks for sharing with me about your life etc. . .
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Re: profession
"non-friends post comments" I changed the setting-now anyone can post comments-I do not like to argue with people-sometimes in LJ you get people who are want to argue-I am a man of peace-LiveJournal is for me a place where I can be fully me as a Bible believing Christian-I want to please God and I am not out to please men-peace
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