21 thoughts on “Open Query #76

  • March 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    10 Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Imagination
    Loving the Little Years
    Moby Dick

  • March 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    @Jon: Um, is there something you’re trying to tell us? :-)

    I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on you. After I posted this, it occurred to me that my last two purchases were Blass-DeBrunner-Funk’s Greek Grammar and A.T. Robertson’s big grammar. Before that I bought and a digital copy of BDAG.

    No joke.

  • March 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I have been on something of a book buying “fast” for the last two years, because of the numerous books on my numerous bookshelves that I have yet to take in. But… there are some books that are just necessary for my life, so…

    1. This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper (I’m a wedding photographer, and I want to be sure to saturate my mind with Gospel truth about marriage)
    2. The Fast Track Photography, by Dane Sanders.
    3. The Fast Track Photographer Business Plan, by Dane Sanders

    Says something about the focus of my life these days, right?

  • March 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Haha! I’d like to inject a little levity with my list.

    1. Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joan Didion
    2. In Our Time – Ernest Hemingway
    3. It’s a Magical World – Bill Watterson

    Balance is key, no?

  • March 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    LOL. I don’t know which of ours is more sad. I laughed when I saw the list myself.

  • March 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Ha! Wow, this is very interesting.

    :) Jennette, nice list. Balance is paramount.

    1. Emma, by Jane Austen
    2. Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion, by C. Stephen Evans
    3. The God Question, by J.P. Moreland

  • March 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    @Sarah: Economics has sort of forced me into a book buying “fast”, but it’s pretty intermittent. :-) Are you liking Dane Sanders?

    @LadyG: I was about to shoot myself until I saw Watterson –which I’m not entirely sure counts as a “book”, but if it is, then it’s one of my favorites.

    @Jon: Let’s agree that your list is more sad. It makes me feel better.

    @LaurenM: Gee, you must be going to Bible college. What made you buy Emma?

  • March 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    @David: Dane is brilliant. I finished the first one and got partway through the second before getting distracted with actually *working,* not just prepping for work. Trying to carve out time to finish it.

  • March 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

    @David: Haha! Actually, the most recent books I’ve purchased were required texts for classes, but I didn’t want to put down books I bought out of obligation.

    Why Emma. The main reason was that I just wanted to read Austen. But I had also just watched the movie and was intrigued by the story. I thought it would be interesting to see how the book portrayed the characters as opposed to taking the movie’s word for it.

  • March 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My last 3 books I bought were,

    Dune By: Frank Herbert
    Operation World By: Jason Mandryk
    My Antonia By: Willa Cather

    Kinda random, I know. Dune is amazing, OW is an indespensible resource, and the latter was .50 cents. :)

  • March 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Poems for Hard Times – Garrison Keillor
    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller
    Men and Marriage – Norm Geisler

  • March 19, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Why buy books? I just hang out with Ray Carter and he loans or gives me the best, new books.

  • March 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    @Sarah: Yeah, I hate it when I talk myself into thinking that learning about something is the same as doing it. It’s a good first step, but it’s only a first step. Carving out time to read is maybe one of my favorite, if oft neglected, chores.

    @Lauren: That sounds awesome! You’ll have to tell me if you find any new plot twists that didn’t make it into the movie.

    @Jenna: I really need to get a copy of Operation World. I’m thinking of adding it as a required text to next year’s class.

    @Elizabeth: Four words: I [heart] Garrison Keillor.

    @Kevin: The really funny part is that you’re not joking. I should try that. I can see it now, “The Raymond M. Carter Library for Higher Education”.

  • March 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Alright, the last books I’ve purchased are
    Vintage Hairstyling, Lauren Rennells
    ESV Compact Bible
    And, hmmm, I can’t quite remember what was before that (unless a blank journal counts.;)).

  • March 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    @Kathrina: It was good to see you and yours yesterday!

    I can’t speak to the vintage Hairstyling, but I do have a Compact Thinline ESV (truetone edition). I find the font size ridiculous, but sometimes it’s nice to have a bible that will fit in your pocket. Is the ESV your primary translation?

  • March 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    @Kathrina: A blank journal only counts if you take it with you everywhere you’d take a real book, and fill it asap.

    Wu Cheng’en, Journey to the West: Classic Novel in Four Volumes
    Kachru and Nelson, World Englishes in Asian Contexts
    Berlitz Pocket China Guide

    All three of these were purchased in Hong Kong during my visa trip last month. You can see what I was thinking about at the time: I need to grab something to help me understand all this while I’m in a place that carries English books. You wouldn’t believe the absence of English books at the public library in Jincheng (the city where I live). Besides the children’s section, the handful of English books were on geography, local history, grammar, test prep, and Buddhism. You know it’s bad when I spend a tearful hour on the second floor of the largest department store on the island reading a biography of Elvis, then seriously consider buying an advanced mathematics treatise, and finally make off with a textbook on intercultural communication. Soon, though, I’ll be able to read Chinese books. One day…

  • March 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    January 1st I held up my right hand and said: “Books: I will read more, buy less.”
    Since then…

    A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue
    by Wendy Shalit
    “Loss of innocence is nothing new,but it is our assumption that there is now nothing to lose.”

    How to Fold by Pepin Press
    “Glueing is often needed and sometimes optional.”

    A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love by Milton Vincent
    “The glory of God in it’s thickest density dwells inside the Gospel.”

  • March 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    @Nathan: You have an amazing life. Keep up the language work, though. It will be worth it when that ship finally comes in.

    Did you translate those titles yourself?

    @kikiclawson: You and Sara, both. I don’t know why I enjoy the concept of books better than the experience. It’s like a metaphor for life.

    What did you think of the Shalit book?

  • March 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

    @Nathan: Well, as a general rule, I do take a journal everywhere I’d take a real book. And I’m working on filling it. :)

    It was great to see you all, too, David!

    No, I actually had never read the ESV until I got this Bible. I thought it would be fun to try. The font is very, very tiny, but like you said, it’s pocket-sized. (And as for the vintage hairstyling, it’s just a subject I enjoy. :))

  • March 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

    @David: No, I didn’t translate those titles myself… they’re English books that I bought in Hong Kong, because there aren’t many English books in Kinmen. Let me try to analyze why they sound as if I translated them.

    Journey to the West was originally written in Chinese hundreds of years ago. It’s sort of like a Buddhist version of Pilgrim’s Progress. But the one I have was translated and published by Beijing Foreign Languages Press.

    World Englishes in Asian Contexts sounds foreign because it was written in the academy, where crossing departments is like crossing continents as far as jargon goes.

    And finally, the title of the Berlitz Pocket China Guide has to be short and choppy enough to fit in your pocket.

    I’m still getting practice with translation, though. Last week I managed to translate my employment contract — a more mundane piece of literature but one of special interest to me.

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