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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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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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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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The Curiosity Index: Best Books Edition **Updated

Alan Jacobs is pretty downbeat on Christians and books, he says: “My colleague Philip Jenkins asks: “What are the most influential Christian books of the past decade?” I think the answer to that question is: There aren’t any. In our moment Christians are not influenced by books, at all.”   I think the following should prove him wrong. It’s that time of year when pretty much every blog I follow posts its list of the best books of the past year and as it’s 2019 I’m expecting some best of the…

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The Curiosity Index (10.01.2019) – Books edition

Getting (Re)Started with Bible Reading in 2019 “What changed last time you read your Bible? For most of us, the answer is: Nothing. And so, for many of us, Bible reading slides into short spurts punctuating longer gaps. Others are more disciplined and optimistic. So we continue reading our Bible each day, hoping that in tomorrow’s reading, it’ll “work”, it will all click into place, and something will change. But we never reach tomorrow.” A Simple 3-Step Bible Reading Plan for Children To develop a biblical worldview, we need to…

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The best book lists of 2018

It’s that time of year when everyone who reads starts sharing their highlights of the year and recommending books and so on. It’s a time to feel guilty about how much time you spent watching Netflix or doing something even less productive on your tablet device. So here I’m compiling all those lists together in one helpful place (which may or may not get updated). We’ll start by introducing this Icelandic custom I think we need customs like this to help ourselves and our kids as Ben Sasse says become…

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Reading & writing (Bumper links edition)

I had planned to kind of weave the links I’d saved on reading and writing into a wonderful post but I’ve simply saved too many and been too slow in writing this post. So in order not to waste them I’m just putting themm all out there in a bumper weekend list of links to read if you’re a fan of books, reading, writing, libraries and so on. Enjoy! On Libraries Every Library Has a Story to Tell Libraries where the world’s memory is stored Shenzen library The Future Library…

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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2018)

The Demise Of The Soul Of Evangelicalism Scot McKnight fires off some salvos about the decline of evangelicalism. Pride is no longer accorded those who faithfully read and teach the Bible, who glory in the cross of Christ, who preach conversions and transformations, and who are engaged in a piety- and evangelism-based activism that encompasses the whole person. The center of gravity of too much of evangelicalism has shifted away from these crumbling core themes to something else, but in the process evangelicalism has lost its soul. Church Planting in…

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