Recent Reads

I’d like to say that I’ve read more since stay-at-home orders were issued in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But I haven’t. I’m a reader at heart and have continued to read at about the same pace.

Two of the four books pictured have not been shelved because they each have something I might quote in a sermon someday (if I ever preach again!!) and I wanted to make sure I wrote them down somewhere. Here’s the somewhere.

KINDER THAN NECESSARY

“If ever single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary–the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”

From Wonder by R. J. Palacio (pp 300-301)

HERE TO WONDER

I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love.

From The Color Purple by Alice Walker (p 283)

AN INSULT

Dune has a funny insult somewhere in those 863 pages. But I didn’t mark it and I can’t find it so I guess you’ll have to read the book yourself!

MOTHERS AND SONS

I read Pachinko after reading Dune and was struck by the complex relationship between a mother and son in each book. Very different genres but rich portrayals of the people in each.

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Be kinder than necessary, friends.

And take time to wonder.

2 thoughts on “Recent Reads

  1. Kristy

    Thank you once again! I have yet to read Wonder, but your quote from the book may very well be the starting point for Sunday’s sermon… the Emmaus Road story. Although.. Jesus was a bit blunt with Cleopas and Co. (“foolish ones”)!

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    1. Teressa Post author

      You’re welcome! The kindness quote is by the Middle School principal character addressing the students at a 5th and 6th grade graduation ceremony. He quotes J. M. Barrie in The Little Bird (a book I don’t know): “‘Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than necessary?'”

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