Wednesday, October 5, 2016

From My Commonplace: On The Power of Imaginative Reading

"The books were like rooms in a great house and the pictures were lamps lit in the rooms to show them to him.  As he read, his dreams slowly changed.  The nightmares of being stuck in chimneys that suddenly started to get smaller and smaller, squeezing him until he woke up choking and screaming, gradually gave way to dreams of forests full of great trees, where fabulous beasts galloped down to the cool green aisles, meadows full of flowers and celestial mountains musical with streams.  He dreamed of the sea that had never seen and ships upon it, and of caves where the tide washed in and out."  (p.66)
~Elizabeth Goudge, The Dean's Watch
"Deep inside I believe that reading aloud covers a multitude of sins.  It is a grace.  When we cannot escape ourselves, we can escape to other worlds together."  (p.139)
~Cindy Rollins, Mere Motherhood

On My Nightstand This Week:
Devotional: 2 Thessalonians with the Paul for Everyone Commentary (NT Wright)
The Daily Office Lectionary Readings and Prayers from The Trinity Mission
 Theological: (Between Books)
AO Book Discussion Group: Kim (Kipling)
On Education: Consider This (Glass)
                                                          Personal Choice: The Dean's Watch (Goudge)
Poetry: TS Eliot
With my Hubby: Emma (Austen)
Family Read-Aloud Literature: Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
*I am also reading Charlotte Mason's Volume 6 for a local CM book club, but these meetings are infrequent, and it is my third – or fourth? – pass through it and so I just read the brief section assigned as our meetings come up. 
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