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The Curiosity Index: Week 14

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… Coronalinks 3/27/20: We’re Number One How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear The [US] Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming Is Sweden’s Lax Approach to Coronavirus the Right Call? The coronavirus pandemic will break globalisation A cinematographer’s guide to looking good in…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 12

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – there’s been a clear pandemic boost to this blog. A full week of posts. The Week’s Postings Sunday: Not my waysMonday: The next generationTuesday: From boys to menWednesday: In the valley of shadowsThursday: The Curiosity Index (Coronavirus edition)Friday: The Curiosity Index (Running edition) Related Reading 20 Quotes from Tim Keller’s New (Short) Book on Death We won’t find a cure for ageing until we can properly measure it How To Make the Most of Lockdown (Tips from Christians in Italy) From Isolation…

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Why Do We Read Scripture?

It’s a good question and Andrew Wilson has a good answer. The question I was thinking about recently was this: Why do we read Scripture? What is it that we are trying to achieve as we do? What are the marks of reading it successfully (a horrible word in the context, but you know what I mean)? Here is one wrong answer, and five right ones. We do not read it to earn, instead we read it to learn, discern, turn, burn and yearn!

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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: Week 2

The Week’s Postings Back to average. Just the three posts this week but lots of other goodies for you to find Monday: The Curiosity Index: Books EditionTuesday: Social media hasn’t got any better for 2020Thursday: Never suboptimal Related Reading The Most ‘Abandoned’ Books on GoodReads AbeBooks Most Expensive Sales of 2019 Jeremy Williams’ books of 2019 which is the list to consider if you want to get smart on the environment, new economics, climate change etc… How to write that book in 2020: Top authors share their tips The 7…

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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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My 2020 reading list from everyone else's 2019 recommendations

So having read all the best of lists there are always books I think I should read. So I went through them all and I added 22 books to my ‘to-read’ pile. That pile never gets smaller. Some of the books below I’ve already bought indicating that I already thought I should read them. Now, I just have to, you know, read them. If someone reminds me, I’ll post an update on this throughout the year. I might even get back to reviewing books. Dominion by Tom Holland recommended by…

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