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Updated Literary Encounters

Sorting is Fun

A Literary Sampler

Here are the latest additions to my list of read books, not necessarily books since the last update, but older reads as well. My opinions and updated comments ensue on my Authors List Page.

As of 20 January 2015:

New Authors: Cain, Chödrön, MacArthur, Mitchell, Muir, Renick, Steinbeck, Thompson, Walser and Westrup.

Updated Authors: Bradbury.

I’m always thinking more about past reads, returning to old favorites and taking on new works. I can’t claim professional critic status or even well-read, but I love digesting books both old and new. As my readers probably know by now, I can prattle on and on about most of them. Enjoy.

Again, the List is here:

Prayer Warrior

Water of the WordSomething I’m not. But I’m always drawn to it, despite my recalcitrance. 

Here are some resources I’ve found very helpful. They are by Andrew Case, a musician who really does good things. Here is his website: His Magnificence

The .pdf documents below are books for husbands, wives and parents, respectively.

They are primarily scriptural. Meaning they are right out of God’s Word, crafted into prayers.





Electronic Books I’ve Found

This is a list of Ebooks I’ve found from various sites on the Web. You’ll find Amazon, Monergism and several others below. Most are free. Just click on the underlined links to travel to the book or the site with listings. Some sites offer various formats. Kindle uses .MOBI format, .AZW or one that says Kindle Compatible. If you don’t have the Kindle App, select the version for the device you are using on Kindle’s Free Reading App Page. Note: I’ll try to keep this updated, but some listed items may be for limited times only.

Note about Amazon: To search through their vast library of free books, shop in Kindle Store for the author or title or genre you want then sort by price, lowest to highest. You will find a lot of bizarre items, even when being specific about your search, but there are treasures in there. Also, some books may sound good but are not well formatted, which ends up frustrating. Look for “enhanced” versions (usually cost a buck or two) and for multiple free versions so you can try out the one you like. Here is Amazon’s own page on different sites offering a massive feast for your brains: Amazon Free Book Collections.

Here is the Just type in your search terms and you’ll get results. Select “Free Only” so you see the free books they offer. Here’s an example of what that looks like: Free John Murray Books

One place you can go (there you’ll need the converter tool found below) is Free eBooks. They have a great collection of .PDF documents. Something for everyone.

Another is eBooks@Adelaide. They have .mobi format versions.

And another new one: Free Kindle Books

ALSO: Here’s a tool you’ll love. If you can’t use the .mobi format or other ebook files, you can always convert them. Also, if you have a file that you’d like to make into a Kindle .Mobi or other format, you can upload and convert it too! Here are the instructions:

1. Go to this site: convertfiles
AND ALSO (have ’em both open at the same time)
2. Go to (for example) Monergism:
3. Right click the link for the book you want and copy shortcut.
4. On the Convertfiles site, in the green box, there’s a “download it from” field. Paste your copied shortcut into that field. Or you can upload files from your own computer.
5. On the right of the green box, there’s an output format pulldown. Select .pdf and hit convert.

This will work for almost any file type you want to use. You can make a .pdf of your own documents or whatever you find.


Hot NEW stuff:

Northwestern Theological Seminary Library

The Chapel Library

Bible Research

Puritan Library

Prayers of John Calvin

If you don’t have this one, go get it: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version [Kindle Edition] Yes, it’s free too.

And if you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ll like this one:App Store – ESV Bible

From Monergism (If you don’t know about Monergism, this is a good time to discover the awesomeness that can be found all over the site. LOOK.) Another way to get in on the good deals from Monergism is to create an account and get their emails which get you in on huge discounts and occasional free e-books that don’t make the official list.

Monergism Free E-Books List


Religion (just one section, there’s more)

From Online Library of Liberty (note: these may not stay free forever)

Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and the Ephesians

Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Romans

The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Puritanism and Liberty, being the Army Debates (1647-9) from the Clarke Manuscripts with Supplementary Documents

From Bring the Books website: (This page is dedicated to finding and connecting you to decent books – not all stay free. There are other resources at this site as well. Take a look.)

Free Kindle Book List

A.W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God

G.K. Chesterton



Martin Luther

Free AUDIO BOOK of Martin Luther works from Christian Audio

The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained

Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Luther on Sin and the Flood

Concerning Christian Liberty

The Bondage of the Will (Annotated) ($0.99)

Works of Martin Luther With Introductions and Notes (Volume I)

Works of Martin Luther With Introductions and Notes (Volume II)

The Smalcald Articles

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, translated by R. Smith

Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther

A Treatise on Good Works

John Bunyan

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Works of John Bunyan – Volume 01

Works of John Bunyan – Volume 02

Works of John Bunyan – Volume 03

Works of John Bunyan – Complete

The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, by John Bunyan


On Grace and Free Will ($0.99)


Summa Theologica, Part I-II (Pars Prima Secundae) From the Complete American Edition

On That Which Was A Good Time

ImageThe winds of vacation found us far to the North in my Beloved’s old neck of the woods. We rounded a tour of the NorCal Renaissance Faire, apple picking at Gizdich Ranch, visits with old friends and family.

The primary purpose of the trip was to celebrate Molly’s birthday and make Roen’s birthday wish come true (Faire).  As with all our trips, much more happened than the original plan, which makes it well worth the while.

We enjoyed visiting two fantastic churches on Sunday, which reminded me of how important it is to keep the great, world-sized church of Christ in perspective. There are far more Christians out there than our own “personal” collection where we live and worship.

Both churches underscored another thing that’s been on my mind for a little while, too. Local body of Christ. Particularly, the PCA church, Silicon Valley Grace, which is a campus sort of organization with multiple sites, stood out. Up until this weekend, I’ve pretty much poo-pooed multi-site churches as being market-driven or seeker-sensitive. The explanation Grace offered was that they believe in the idea of a local body worshiping in the place where they live and work. So the folks that attended were, at least to my understanding, those who were from the nearby area. Pretty neat. This sort of arrangement offers a solution to be the community of believers who are in personal contact with each other more than just on Sunday and planned get-togethers. Most of all, both churches were no-nonsense, straightforward, “here’s the Gospel” sorts of churches with good folks and no worries about us strangers fitting in.


Fun at the Renaissance.

Other things that went on in my head during this trip were mostly just fun. Fun like just plain fun.

We had fun at the Renaissance, worrying about little but avoiding spending too much money on the awesomeness that was everywhere for sale. We caroused (as much as sober people can carouse), oohed and ahhed all the great artisans’ work and goofed off with the fun folk who walk around the faire with nothing more important than to have fun. We spoiled our girls with treats and keepsakes and it was cool. We flirted with the locals and laughed with the silly actors, merchants and hang-abouts. It was fun.

We had fun picking apples (I had more fun taking pictures of the apple picking) and sorting through a real Antique store. We sat around a wood-fire until the late hours, barbecuing, burning smores and singing silly songs. Nothing more weighty than trying to out-quote each other with lines from books, movies and whatever else we could drum up.


Fun with Pizza!

Dinner at Applebee’s was just fun. Dinner with my folks was just fun. Dinner with Anika’s folks was just fun. Dinner with Anika’s Aunt and Uncle (pipe and wine-glass included) – no worries, just fun.

Dad and I explored a few dozen woodcraft ideas that we’re saving away for that day when we can get together for some real hard labor in the shop. Staves, woodturning, carvings and tons of other stuff await us on that blessed day of sawdust and shavings, should the Lord see fit to tarry. That was great fun.

ImageI had the fun of getting a dumb computer to work right (I always have fun when the computer decides to have problems I can fix). Anika and I had the joy of celebrating our First Daughter’s 17th birthday – and her first as a college kid. We saw happy grandparents with their grandchildren. We saw swimming pools, BBQ, goofy board-games and long talks. We had a good time.


Fun with the Grand Owner of Gizdich Ranch.

Did I say we had fun? Yeah, it was fun. It was good. I’m glad.

Sweet rendition of “Your Song”

Jonathan and Charlotte – Vero Amore (Your Song)

Sweet sounds. These two are neato. And their story is pretty cool too. Britain’s Got Talent grads.

Take a look at what’s going on while they’re singing. It ain’t just whistlin.

Quenarth and The Willows

I haven’t found much worthy re-blogging or linking material for LAH in a long time. Today I stumbled up on a post that opened up a nice little flood of posts that will take some savoring time.

I love Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Just love it. And here is a very lovely series of meditations on the stories of Moley, Rat, Badger and the fantastic Mr. Toad. If you’ve read the book, you’ll really like this meandering companion. Click the pretty logo below to visit:



Ayn Rand Failed But Not Entirely

objectivistYes, she got too many things wrong in “Atlas Shrugged.” But she tipped the iceberg over, revealing much that needs pondering.

Dagny and Hank got trapped into serving the moochers. Rand said they were wrong for giving of themselves. In reality, they were wrong for giving to those they gave to. Rand failed to notice her characters giving to each other and to those who truly needed. Galt himself gave to the right ones, though that giving was denied throughout the story. He gave and gave and was willing to sacrifice in that giving.

The almighty dollar was and is stupid, but the idea behind finding one’s place and blessing others from that lofty place is the almighty token in its place.

Rand said they built for the building, the self-expression. Yeah, but the only way that story worked out as it did, with its ending in tow, was because they gave in their building. The railway, the steel, all were integral to each other in gift. Of not just material which was easy and disposable, but of self, which is of inestimable value.

This wasn’t even implied in Rand’s writing, but it’s implicit if you look for it. Read it into the book and it’s there.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Ayn Rand almost got it.

This is just a rough, maybe I won’t get back to it, but I had to spew the words before I lose them.


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