Or . . .

30 Apr

I know we usually reserve bookish blog posts for Friday, but sticking to a schedule hasn’t been our strong point lately.

Shoot, posting hasn’t been our strong point lately.

But here I am.  On a Monday.  Posting.  About a book.

I have a good reason, though.  Here it is:

We first encountered the Modern Mrs. Darcy when reading Pride and Prejudice over at A Classic Case of Madness.  Then I found out she was hosting this nice carnival, and since I prefer my carnivals free of overpriced fried foods and death-defying buckets of bolts, participating seemed like a lovely idea.

My first impulse was to write this post for our book blog, but I couldn’t pick one of the books.  So instead, you should go read Adriana’s post about The Well-Educated Mind.  She gets it.  And, she has clever, beautiful pictures to accompany her clever, beautiful words.

I, on the other hand, am floundering to pick a book, forget photos and carefully crafted prose.

I could write on something spiritual, like, say, Spirituality of the Cross.  Gene Veith wrote this simple book on life in Christ that made me say, “Oh!  Of course that’s what I believe!  Now I get it.”

For that matter, Music Matters by David. J. Elliot shaped my entire philosophy of music education and drove my college career, I suppose that’s pretty life changing.

Speaking of careers, the Lutheran Service Book is at the core of my career and my prayer life, so it probably deserve a little coverage.

But maybe I should tell you a romantic story.  For instance,  I fell in love with my husband while we were reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy aloud to one another in the first weeks of our relationship.

Or how about when I fell in love with him all over again as he read aloud Charlotte’s Web to our infant son?  Maybe e.b. white wins the honor.

I suppose even Mary Pope Osborne deserves some credit, because the day that same first-born child really “got” reading was when he picked up her Christmas in Camelot.  His independence and enjoyment in the book filled my heart with joy that we were rearing a reader.

Or, I could tell you how completing Don Quixote with my two dear friends gave me a high I can only imagine equals that of completing a marathon, minus the achy limbs and chafing, of course.  With pages coming in at nearly a grand, I knew finishing that book made me a Reader, and possibly a little crazy.  Together with those friends, we have made our way through at least 3886 pages of the classics, using The Well-Educated Mind as our road map.

And Susan Wise Bauer didn’t just change my life by opening the classics.  Through The Well-Trained Mind she and her mother are instrumental in teaching me how and what to teach my children.

Maybe The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society deserves the credit though.  Not only did it bring me immense enjoyment, it is the book that turned my non-reading, sixty-year-old mother into a Book Addict.  I’d call that life-changing.

And I don’t want to leave out The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and These Is My Words: They Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine.  Mma Ramotswe and Sarah are two of my very best friends.  I introduced Sarah to my sister, and my sister introduced Precious to me.  We’re all bosom buddies.  They should be on the list.

Anybody have any good recommendations for a book on decision making?


10 Responses to “Or . . .”

  1. Katie April 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Oh! I love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!

    And I love this post. ^_^ Decisions are not my strong suit, either!

    And: obligatory Secret Lutheran Handshake. ^_~ I could seriously put down the old blue hymnal as my life-changing book, too.

    • Christina Joy April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

      It makes me give a happy sigh every time I struggle through the long title.

      Thank you.

      *Secret Lutheran Handshake back attcha*

  2. Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy April 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I love this. Love. it. Thank you for dipping into the many ways a book can change a life! Even Mary Pope Osborne 🙂

    Maybe one day we can compare our Well Trained Mind stories. I read that book years before I had kids, but it planted the seed. A decade later I’m a homeschooling mama. Never thought I’d say that!

    • Christina Joy April 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you! And, whew! I thought maybe I’d be in trouble for breaking the rules. 😉

      I had a similar experience. I first encountered WTM when I was single and working to start a classical school. Now, a decade later, I’m no where near the school I started and chasing five kiddos around while reading them illustrated copies of Beowulf.

      P.S. Thanks for hosting the carnival. I haven’t noticed a single greasy ride or corn dog. It’s perfect.

  3. deborah April 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    This is a very fun post!

    I absolutely love all the fun words in Charlotte’s Web.

    • Christina Joy May 1, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Me too, it’s worth the cry at the end (which I assume I will never get over.)

  4. Rachel May 1, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Um, can you explain the picture of you wearing a cardboard face?

  5. Adriana @ Classical Quest May 1, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    I don’t know Christina, I do kind of miss the elephant ears generously dusted with powdered sugar.

    Love love love your post. One of these days I will carve out some time for these titles.

    Your feeling after reading DQ reminded me — did you read the link to the (old) NY times article — “The Great Books Workout”?


    Personally, I think the author is jealous of us.

    Blessings dear friend!

    • Christina Joy May 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Okay, fine, I concede, an elephant ear would be totally welcome about right now.

      Thank you.

      I hadn’t read it. Man, she’s just an old grouch I think. Reading is only about solitary enjoyment, my foot.

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