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My attention span is ridiculously short today. Had to get of my apartment just to break the cycle of bouncing between the same few things. I'm not sure focus should be a priority on a day off, yet I'm annoyed by my lack thereof. I don't really relax, and I can't say exactly why.

Mom called this afternoon for the annual retelling of the "trunk o' fireworks" story. Seems that when she was a little girl, her father (a truck driver) found a green trunk by the side of the road. When they opened it, they found it filled to the very top with fireworks of every sort, and it made for the best Independence Day celebration ever. Now, my sister and I hear the story every Fourth of July, without fail. Tradition is good, or so they tell me.

(Oh, I learned my parents are currently in Wisconsin— they plan to head to Rochester, MN soon to be with my sister and family as she undergoes artificial insemination procedures at Mayo later this month.)

Reading Piper's Desiring God, and I'm still not sure what I think. Though I'm far from membership in the literati, I'm still a book snob: bullet points, study guides, and newly-coined terminology almost invariably turn my nose upward, and modern Christian literature is littered with each. My condemnation here, however, is best turned on my own snobbery, a specific form of pride. Piper writes to turn Christians to our rightful privilege and duty of delight in God. Will I close my eyes and ears to wisdom because of my oh-so-refined tastes?

(Then again, I also haven't ruled out the possibility that I'm right in my reservations on the cheesier aspects.)

Need a shave, and I think another shower would be refreshing. And for sanity's sake, I should simply sit still (the caffeine I keep pumping into my system is counterproductive to this end). I have undone work on my brain, but it's not like I'm actually working on it, or likely to.

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i like the "bouncy" icon. his bops seem to mime what i can only imagine as yours. *smile* hahaha.

may you find rest tomorrow. peace.

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I don't think that being a book snob is bad. Why should you read every piece of motivational happy happy Christian lifestyle literature that they so "attractively" place before us? It reminds me of those emails people send you that say if you don't forward it you don't love Jesus.
I went to the Christian book store one day to get Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton and they didn't have it- they didn't have Tozer or anything of Oswald Chambers except the one Michael W Smith made popular with an accompanying music CD.

Now I'm being cynical... but seriously I believe that a lot of it is merely good sounding words with very little solidity.

Have you read any Philip Yancey?

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A good little rant at that. No Tozer, Chesterton, or Chambers? Why do I suspect a proliferation of W.W.J.D. and Jabez paraphernalia under the same roof? Piper is getting through to me as I read further, but that doesn't diminish your point: there's a lot of flat-out crap out there, and even the good sounding words aren't all that good sometimes.

I've read Yancey in bits and pieces, but never in his entirety. I think he's on my bookshelf, though– a sign of my own Christian consumerism being unmatched by my actual attention.

Dear Lord, I even sound like a snob.

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I totally recommend Yancey. The man has such honesty and humor. He's not about What A Christian Should Look Like... and I sort of fail here at explaining what he is about... I guess struggling sincerely with God and man. Handling doubt with care, but handling it none-the-less.
Blah blah blah.... It should suffice to say that he's my favorite. His books I've liked best? The Jesus I Never Knew and Soul Survivor. I'm currently reading The Bible Jesus Read and it's also good. One of the things I like best about him is that he's read EVERYONE there is to read (I'm not talking about wwjd books) and he makes ME want to read more of people like Lewis and Chesterton and even Dostoevsky. Not that I take the time to read as I should, but the Desire is there :)
ha

But before I reveal my true ignorance I'll stop.

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Sounds like Yancey is worth moving up in the rotation here. The pastor church I was a member of before I moved here was a voracious reader (all the good ones seem to be) and was floored by What's So Amazing About Grace?. My reading of Piper's Desiring God has been getting better and better, thankfully. Just needed to get over myself a little I think.

I attended a Chesterton Society meeting here in Seattle once. I need to engage the research mojo and track them down again...

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Chesterton Society meeting???

Gads that sounds intimidating!

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"Gads" is right! I was intimidated, but it was fun, too. I felt like I'd snuck into a secret society, full of people who might take themselves a smidge too seriously. I'd do it again.

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So what exactly do they talk about?

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It's funny: I'm not sure. It was a very academic/literary environment (they met in an old mansion when I went), and a huge part of the lecture/discussion flew straight over my head, proving that I am not, in fact, part of the literati. And for the life of me, I can't even remember the topic. Not helpful, eh? But I remember feeling much more "intellectual" simply for having gone– it was a fun thing to try!

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I have a terrible habit when I'm in a group having a serious discussion... I usually don't follow, so (in order to be "a part" of what's going on) I crack jokes. This can make what could have seemed like a wise silence turn into pointing directly at my ignorance.
But I'm useless to try and stop it. I'm a compulsive heckler.

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And the eerie coincidences just keep on coming...

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Ya. I think I must be very generically ecclectic because I have all of these random things in common with people.

I was talking to a friend of mine and wondering aloud if maybe I was just weird so people would like me and she said "no, I've known you a long time. You're just weird".
So there you go.

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Well, it's effective in the whole "so people will like you" aspect, too. So there you go, again.

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Ha ha
I think that might have more to do with the fact that I like people. People like people who like people.
:)

I feel a Barbara Streisand song coming on... hold me back!!

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"Oh, she's like buttah. Like a big stick of buttah. I'm getting verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves..."

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"I'll give you a topic....
Rhode Island...
it's neither a road, nor an island.
Discuss."

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"Pooh-Pooh.
I'll tumble for you.
No big whoop."

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I'm lost with this one...
we've hit the end of my Mike Meyers as an older Jewish woman knowledge.