Thursday, 3 November 2016

What I've been reading lately - 3 November 2016

I used to have a little carousel widget which displayed the books I was reading, but Amazon don't offer that anymore. So instead, I'm going to post, occasionally, a list of what I'm reading at the moment. Starting today. I'll give a brief outline but not a full review of each book. The graphic will sometimes contain a link to the book's Amazon page.

So, first up:


Malcolm Guite's collection of sonnets is slow reading because each is so rich and deep. an example;

O Sapientia

I cannot think unless I have been thought,
Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken.
I cannot teach except as I am taught,
Or break the bread except as I am broken.
O Mind behind the mind through which I seek,
O Light within the light by which I see,
O Word beneath the words with which I speak,
O founding, unfound Wisdom, finding me,
O sounding Song whose depth is sounding me,
O Memory of time, reminding me,
My Ground of Being, always grounding me,
My Maker’s Bounding Line, defining me,
Come, hidden Wisdom, come with all you bring,
Come to me now, disguised as everything.

David Bentley Hart: The Experience of God. I've been reading this for a long time. Hart's usual erudite, verbally agile style is a delight and his material takes some thought.


Robert Lanza is a Cellular Biologist with an impressive list of peer reviewed works to his credit, but this is written for a popular audience and addresses the "Hard Problem" - the ink between consciousness and matter. Which it does provocatively and profoundly


Hungarian Novelist Magda Szabo's evocative, profound, engaging and somewhat bleak 1987 novel.













And a children's novel, Lakeview Cottage by Mary Crossan. That's right, the Mary Crossan from St. Matthew's Dunedin.It's available from Mana Christian Bookshop in Moray Place, Dunedin

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