Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 11/30/16
“Man is what he reads.”  (Joseph Brodsky)  Recently I’ve been reading more and spending less time watching TV newscasts.  It’s been refreshing.  The other day I went to my bookshelves and pulled out some books that have shaped my thinking…My Confirmation Bible (underlined), The Works of Carl Sandburg, Mackay’s A Preface to Christian Theology, and A Basic History of the U.S.  Are there reading materials that have directed your thinking…more than TV?   ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  A throwback thought out of nowhere this morning . . . for some reason in a biology class back in Bible College, someone had just presented a report on eating the meat of a rattlesnake. A rather robust young lady raised her hand and shared, "We are what we eat, aren't we!?" To which the professor responded, "Not always I would think? Did you eat breakfast this morning with eggs and BACON served!?" The subject quickly changed to other directions.====JACK:  That's funny.  Proverbs 16:24..."Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."

FROM TL IN MICHIGAN:  No, thanks for the reminder.====JACK:  Sometimes we get so caught up in TV and business reading that there's little time left for mind-expanding stuff.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  I sure hope so.  there is a lot of TV today that could rot your brain if you OD on it...  we are now watching PBS almost exclusively...====JACK:  We are lucky in Detroit to have access to Canadian TV and radio.  It's refreshing.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  The world is a book, as well; If you travel, you read many "pages"!  There are SO many excellent books!! I love Philip Yancy's thinking, and Clarence Jordan (Cotton Patch Gospels), Thomas Moore, Max Lucado, Anne LaMott, the list could be nine yards long, couldn't it!  I enoy all types of reading, light and more profound, and certainly what one reads influences a great deal. LOVE WINS by Bell was one that made me think, among so many others.   What a blessing to have good eyes, and a mind that can grasp the profound and entertaining content of good books!!!====JACK:  I try to have a mix between the sacred and secular.

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