In the Margins {The Whole Enchilada}

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I think we’d all agree — words matter.  It’s a two-way street, conveying our thoughts to others and better understanding what someone is saying to us.  Paying attention to words makes for better conversations!

One of the best reasons I can think to recommend the books under {really} Good Reads — they help us know in greater depth the meaning of many of the words and phrases we find in Scripture and our wider spiritual reading, words that can seem archaic or downright “churchy”.  (Yeah, I see the irony  — I’m pretty sure that’s not even a word! 🙂 ).  These are words we may have heard all our lives but when pressed, we’re not really sure what they mean.  An example is the word Providence.  I always assumed I understood its meaning until I started looking at the scope of the definition.  It’s a beautiful word, rich with layers of connotation and depth.  Words like this are easy to skip over, but looking into them just a little further uncovers some really good stuff!

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{really} Good Reads

 

 

I love books.  The old-fashioned kind that are bound and filled with paper pages, ones that are often musty rather than back lit.  Dog eared page turners, and with my pen in hand, waiting to be underlined and scribbled in and loaned to a friend.  Sigh.  Yeah, I know, I should probably get on board the “e” book train, but for now, this girl’s happy to be stuck in the past when it comes to books.

My somewhat out-of-style preferences extend even further.  Authors like Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters (uh-oh, I sensed the eye-rolls from some 😉 ) fill a shelf in my bookcase.

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Jane Austen

When it comes to matters of faith, I am forever grateful to many of the Puritan authors, their contemporaries, and current counterparts who have shaped so much of my understanding and approach to Scripture.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea or choice for a steady diet.  There are plenty of times I thoroughly enjoy getting lost in a fun story or even a more substantive read that’s easy to breeze through.  But for me, there’s something exhilarating in the language of these 17th and 18th century authors.  In fact, JI Packer put my sentiments into words when, referring to the Puritan writers, he said this:

“Form and content though

distinct are connected, and here

I connect them, saying that by

writing as they do, no less than

what they do, these authors fill

their books with God for me,

making me want Him more as

they bring Him closer.  That this

material should be

as significant for me in its style

as it is in its substance seems to

me peculiarly happy.”*

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