Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A few more books for the journey

My intentions continue to be magnanimous when it comes to reading and I'm hoping that by posting those intentions, I will be more inclined to be successful.

OPC member Tim Kellogg loaned me a book which appears very intriguing, entitled, "Kepler's Witch: An Astronomer's Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War, Political Intrigue, and the Heresy Trial of His Mother,"  by James A. Connor.  The title alone is fascinating! Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) is often referred to as the "Protestant Galileo." The relaitonship between science and religious tolerance should make for a good read.

I mysteriously received a copy of a book in the mail... from Amazon Books. I had not ordered it and was never charged for it. It just showed up at the office one day.  It's called, "Bad Religion: How we Became a Nation of Heretics." Now... how could I resist?!  It's by Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and I intend to give it a try. Nothing like a little heresy on Sabbatical!

I was glad to be given a copy of the classic memoir "Walden,"  by Henry David Thoreau. An excellent selection for a contemplative journey, and one which I either cannot remember reading all the way through, or just DIDN'T!  Along with a book my wife gave me last Christmas, "My First Summer in the Seirra," by John Muir, these nature and solitude-oriented books should give me plenty of food for thought.

Quote of the day:
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."     --Henry David Thoreau

1 comment:

  1. Your "reads" are all chosen so well. You have a little history, a little heresy, a little theology, a little philosophy, a little poetry, and some humor. Can't wait to hear your insights! Be sure you share them with us and not just preach them to your cats!