Wednesday, May 28, 2008

finished Lilith

I finished Lilith. WOW. This is the most amazing fantasy book. Brian is reading it now. He agrees that it is a crazy tale. George MacDonald has an amazing imagination.

The twists and turns are strange and interesting, but it all comes together at the end.

To read Lilith on-line in its entirety you can go to this cool website. It also lists tons of other writings, non-fiction, poems, sermons, fiction, etc written by MacDonald

Elizabeth is reading one of his children's books called The Princess and The Goblin. This can be read on the etext website too.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

update on reading Lilith

I must say that since I am on about page 100 Lilith is not for kids. It is very deep spiritually and very abstract. Children under age 12 would probably get very confused.

It is EXELLENT. I keep telling my husband...this is such a good book. You have to read it.

I recommend it to all who liked Lord of The Rings. It has a strangeness to it that Tolkien had. It is stranger though. It is so deep spiritually. I get to all kinds of golden nuggets and stop and ponder. He writes in such a beautiful style. I am trying to figure out where the story is going...which is why I cant put it down.

Here is an example where theology is being spoken in the story:

" 'How then am I to make use of your hospitality?' I asked. 'By accepting it to the full'. He answered. ' I do not understand.' ' In this house no wakes of himself'. 'Why?' 'Because no one anywhere ever wakes of himself. You can wake yourself no more than you can make yourself'."

My comment on this quote:
This is acually quite true. The only one who can wake us out of our spiritual deadness is the Lord. He beckons us to accept his hospitatlity and come rest in him. But, so often we are afraid and reject his invitation to come out of our wretched state of death dwelling! In the story, this appears to be exactly what the main character is wrestling with. It is so well written. I hope you will buy the book and read it.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

For the Love of George MacDonald

I love his books. His imagination and ability to write amazes me.

I just bought Lilith by George MacDonald from Amazon. I started it today and can't put it down. It is kind of scary and I think it would be a great Steven Speilberg movie. Anyhow..have any of you read it?

It has a forward by CS Lewis that is an exerpt from his book called: George Macdonald: An Anthology : 365 Readings.

Lewis says of George MacDonald's writing " It arouses the sensations we have never had before, never anticipated having, as though we had broken out of our normal mode of consciuosness and possessed joys not promised to our birth. It gets under our skin, hits us at a level deeper than our thougths or even our passions, troubles oldest certainties till all questions are opened and in general shocks us more fully awake than we are for most of our lives".

I am at chapter 5 and currently, I am seeing where CS Lewis may have gotten his idea for the wardrobe in The Narnia series. If you look at the cover of Lilith there is a mirror on the front page that transports the protagonist into another world.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fabulous (must read) Read-A-Louds:

ALL books by Kate DiCamillo... GREAT for reading a-loud. We LOVED The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and TheTale of Desperaux.

Dr. Doolittle series

Series of Unfortunate Events GREAT read-alouds. Very well written and not scary. Kids did not want me to stop reading. We read the first book in one night!

The Cricket on Times Square

Detectives in Togas and Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfield ( I don't remember which books is first) They are fun and teach Roman life through a GREAT mystery for kids.

The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos (This is the BEST Child's Bible in need to own this)

The Lost Princess: A Double Story by George MacDonald ...especially good to read to girls

At The Back of The North Wind by George MacDonald

Wind in the Willows

All books by Beatrix Potter

The House At Pooh Corner

Charlotte's Web

The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden (my favorite picture book)

Stranger in the Woods by Carl J. Samms III and Jean Stoick ( fabulous photographs set to a darling story)

James Herriot's Treasury For Children ( short stories about his adventure with animals as a veterinarian)

The Runaway by Patricia St. John ( Moody) Out of print... buy it if you can find it. You will want to read this to the kids at some point....especially around Easter. FABULOUSLY makes the story of Jesus healing the demon possesed girl come to life.

Vinegar Boy ( another Easter story)

Roald Dahl books are so fun to read aloud. His style lends itself to being read out loud. He has lots of short stories and many of his longer ones are made into terrible movies that I hated. His style of writing is so fun to read to the kids. I loved The Twits.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

From The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I have a BLOG!

Calvin created a Blog for me. This is fun. FYI: HSF MOM is my blog name. Can you guess what it means?

We call our selves this as a fun joke in our family. My kids came up with this for my blog name.

I look forward to using this to post my favorite books and movies, since those are my favorite hobbies.

Currently, I am reading The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall-Smith. My mom, my sister and I are all reading it together. This will be a good place for us to comment to each other about the book.

I am reading BOY by Roald Dahl aloud to the kids for fun. I also am reading various James Herriot Stories a-loud to the kids. Hannah and I are doing shared reading out loud the Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe.

The kids and I are getting a kick out of watching The Alfred Hitchcock Presents OLD episodes on our Netflix "Watch it now" on the computer. They have to finish all their school to get to watch them.

We are also watching All Creatures Great and Small (to go with the James Herriot books) series from the library. It is quite amazing how well the books match the lines that they act in the show. They did a great job on this film series.