Showing posts from March, 2016

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Spark Joy is the follow up to the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This is the master class. I was looking forward to reading it because I need the help. Before we bought this 5,500 sf restoration project, I had a place for everything and everything in it's place. Here, there has been no storage. We have 3 closets the size of hall closets for our entire house. There is always remodeling material and equipment out. Truthfully, I have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff out and visible. Also, people keep giving us random things they think we might need and it's just too much. There are things that Marie states in her writing that I think are funny because I just could not or would not do them that way. She is always talking to objects or talking about the spirit of a piece. She thanks things for serving her. I know those things cannot hear me or appreciate my words, but I did realize how being grateful changes how you honor something

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Root and Neal

I had somewhat of a difficult time reading through this book. Reading the title, I was expecting something more imaginative and C.S. Lewis like. I had to reset my brain to read it because it is much more scholarly than imaginative. There is also more than one voice writing so the personalities switch and you must switch with it. After I made it through the first third of the book, it became much easier to ingest. Truly, the amount of study that went into this is amazing. I loved reading more about the authors' theories of the works. This is a tireless effort detailing everything that C.S. Lewis has written. It is amazing to see all that he has done and the deep, rich thought each book contains. From Narnia to the Great Divorce to The Problem With Pain to Screwtape's battle tactics, this book covers it all. Often, reading a description of something gives it even more life. I enjoyed how they showed Aslan in the back of all of his stories. One of my favorite portions is