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The Curiosity Index: Books edition (again)

This is full of booky goodness. Like this whole film about booksellers! (HT: Kottke) If you’re in the States and you’re looking for some good independent bookstores then Outside has some suggestions, as does Jared Wilson… A new standard Or if you don’t like that you could try figuring out the BMI of a book. But of course a book isn’t just about the words but the pictures too and guess what there is a database of old book illustrations. Who knew? Maybe instead of reading books you want to…

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Convenience, comfort and the coronavirus

The news about the coronavirus is everywhere and inescapable. Of course, that’s the worry, that this new virus for which there currently is no cure is inescapable. It’s not actually as widespread or as deadly as the flu but the fear is there. Any new virus is a drug for the media because it plays on our fear that one day a new plague, a new deadlier and more viral disease will strike. We fear what we cannot control. Always have, always will. Given the number of cases (43,000+) it…

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The Mystery

The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding. – Martin Luther This one is a riddle you’ll never solve, a puzzle you can’t work out, a mystery that will remain a mystery’. And you know what, he’s absolutely right. In many ways we will never ‘understand’ how God became man, for that is what we’re talking about – God becoming human. We will never fully comprehend this or be able to work out how it is possible, but just…

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Never suboptimal

This year is an election year in the US and that will, by November, have driven the rest of the world crazy. But it will also put one social and moral issue into the spotlight again and again and again. Abortion. Nowhere in the world perhaps is this issue as politicized as it is in America. It is, above all other reasons, THE reason why people who wish Donald Trump was not their candidate will nevertheless, on November 3rd, vote for him. In many ways, I think this support is…

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The Curiosity Index: Books Edition

We have a little bit of everything in this literary edition of The Curiosity Index. From a Book So Big it Needed Its Own Furniture to a Tiny Bookstore On Wheels and even tinier book nooks. And if you have enough glorious books then you should have a glorious library, like this one in Helsinki. But with libraries come readers and so for every library system, you’re going to need a Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books. Of course, you could always open a bookshop (although I…

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2019: How did it go?

Run Running is a major part of my life. Firstly, it keeps me fit and healthy and I’m thankful to God for a year of good health and strength. I don’t take that for granted. Secondly, it helps keep me mentally and spiritually healthy. Running is a decompression chamber. During a long run, I can process, pray, forgive, reflect, and generally manage pressures. The more I run, the more relaxed I feel and generally closer to God. There are few better places to pray than in a forest or by…

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My favourite books of 2019

I’m relatively pleased with my reading this past year but only relatively. I think it’s dawned on me this year how much more I could read by squirrelling away a chapter here and there, putting down Twitter (every day), leaving the phone, cutting down on the X-box binges and even reading fewer blogs in favour of more books. I think it’s clear to me that when I read more fiction, I read more of everything. It greases or fuels my reading habit. The easy page turns of a Grisham say,…

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My favourite films of 2019

I enjoy a good film but for a variety of reasons I rarely seem to get out to the cinema so most of my film consumption is at home (Netflix plus the odd rental). As a result, as I’ve studied this list I’ve concluded I’ve played it safe and watched repeats far too many times. That’s a sign of mental laziness. I started noting down the films I watched for a few reasons. It helps me see how much time I’ve given to this (in my case around 120 hours)…

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