Saturday, August 11, 2012

On My Nightstand

Here's what I'm reading lately,



Deliver Us From Me-Ville  |  David Zimmerman

Great book!  David has a way of making us laugh and challenging our self-centered behavior at the same time.  He is not condemning from on high; he's right there in Superbia with us.

Some quotes from the introduction ~


  • "superbia-----Latin for pride or, more precisely, an inordinate sense of self-regard...counted by ancient Christians as one of the seven deadly sins that destroyed the work of grace in the life of a believer."


  • "The word superbia sounds to me like a place--like suburbia or Albania or Utopia.  I like to call that place Me-Ville--a kind of suburb to the city of God."


  • "There's the kingdom that God reigns over, and there's the kingdom that we assert in our everyday lives.  They're commingled in the way that the city of Chicago and its suburbs, for example, are commingled.  The suburbs thrive at least in part because of their proximity to the city, but they would never dream of allowing Chicago's mayor tell them what to do."


  • "We're moving happily through our lives, telling God we love him; but meanwhile our universe revolves around us, and we act accordingly, promoting our own agenda, pronouncing judgement on people and circumstances based on how we're affected."


  • "...we're living in the wrong kingdom.  The kingdom of God is firmly established because it's the place where our God reigns.  Me-Ville is not.  Me-Ville is where superbia reigns;  it's a place from which we must escape."



Each chapter ends with "Escape Routes", practical and challenging questions and applications to get readers moving out of Me-Ville and into the City of God.


The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry  | Kathleen Flinn

Another good read for a "foodie", this charming memoir records Ms. Flinn's experience at the famed Paris cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu.  She candidly shares her journey from Basic Cuisine through Superior Cuisine with wit and strong writing.  Flinn takes us along for the ride through her struggle to learn French, her victories and defeats in the classroom, and the relationships she forms along the way.  While there are some situations I'd rather not hear about (an early reference to wild sex with her boyfriend, and a lesbian couple that shows up briefly as obnoxious house guests), Flinn does not go into too much detail and the book is thankfully free of explicit sex and language.  The author sticks to the subject at hand, the fast-paced, furious life of a culinary student at the world's most famous cooking school.


ON MY iPOD~

Emma | Jane Ausin

I cannot say enough about the excellence of narrator, Nadia May.  I have listened to her read over half a dozen books and never tire of her voice.  She is a talented actress, giving life and individuality to every character she reads.  I've listened to her reading of Pride and Prejudice THREE times!  I recommend any audio book read by May.  You can log onto the iTunes store and search for her name.


Happy Reading!
~Allison

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