Some weeks, it just does not happen. I don’t even know what “it” is those weeks, but “it” doesn’t happen. That’s been the past couple of weeks. Truth is, a few things that shouldn’t have gotten to me got to me. Then, the annual bronchial/respiratory infection got to me. When your blood oxygen level isn’t getting much past 90% most days, the brain doesn’t function well. Now, though, I can breathe and we're back on track :)
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Books the past two weeks:
First book was Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs from National Geographic. It’s a gorgeous hardcover book detailing 100 archaeological and anthropological finds that help round out the story of humanity. The various authors are given 6 pages to give the story of the find, its context, and its relevance. Some of that space is also given to full-color pictures and illustrations. So, it’s not a deep-study book. You’ll get a recap of such finds like King Tut’s Tomb or Petra or other finds around the world, hopefully launching you on further study into those parts that interest you. A great book to have in your living room to leaf through at various points throughout the day, and a good history supplement into your teen’s learning situation.
The second book was The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg. This is more of a self-development book based in classical philosophy than anything else. It’s a good read, and many of the practical ideas are very helpful. I would caution that if your groundedness doesn’t come back to Jesus, you’ve got trouble, but beyond that much of Stulberg’s work is right on. He especially helps the reader by wrapping up each chapter with a guided moment of actual practice of the idea. Many a Christian inspirational work would benefit from that habit: give the reader some specific application rather than nebulous “How does that make you feel?” moments. I liked it, but I would caution against grabbing all of Stulberg’s take on Stoicisim without discussing the thoughts and ideas with others who have studied philosophies and history.