Dec 132014


Finally time to do some (late) spring cleaning.  Made some book piles to give away, some to take to the used book store, and the books in the pic will find a new home at the landfill. It is hard to part with books I have had for 30+ years but it will make my dear wife happy (and I will probably never miss them except that fewer of my book shelves will be double stacked).

I have had some of these books for more than 30 years and they have moved with us but it is time to say goodbye. :`(

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Dec 102014

The Sense of Style.
Steven Pinker.
Google Books

Not sure where this book was recommended to me but am thouroughly enjoying it.

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  • Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

  • Book Info

    The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century!
    by Steven Pinker
    Publisher: Viking
    Published: 09/30/2014
    ISBN-10: 0670025852
    ISBN-13: 978-0670025855
    Started: 12/05/2014
    Source: Mid-Columbia Library
    Format: Hardback

    Publisher Synopsis
    A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.  
    Author Info
    Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, Time, The New Republic, and other magazines.

    Nov 232014

    More Photos:


    1. 14:31 Tanner Anderson [North Central]
    2. 14:46 John Dressel [Mt Spokane]
    3. 15:13 Andrew Snyder [Kamiakin]
    4. 15:15 John Rodeheffer [Oak Harbor]
    5. 15:23 Miler Haller [Edmonds-Woodway]

    Team Scores

    1. 41 North Central
    2. 55 Kamiakin Braves?
    3. 164 Bishop Blanchet


    Nov 222014

    Prone to Wander.
    Barbara Duguid & Wayne Houk.
    Google Books

    O to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I’m constrained to be!
    Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
    Bind my wandering heart to thee.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
    Seal it for thy courts above.
     —Robert Robinson, 1758

    With a title from one my favorite hymns, how could I pass up a chance to read this book.

    I plan on reading one chapter each day over the next 3 months as part of my prayer time.

    Book Posts

  • Prone to Wander by Barbara Duguid & Wayne Houk

  • Book Info

    Prone to Wander: Prayers of Con­fes­sion and Celebration
    by Barbara Duguid & Wayne Houk
    Publisher: P & R Publishing
    Published: 01/01/2014
    ISBN-10: 159638879X
    ISBN-13: 978-1596388796
    Started: 11/22/2014
    Source: NetGalley
    Reason: Love P&R Books and looked like an interesting title.
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis
    Confessing our sins might seem like a gloomy business—God already knows about them, so what's the point of dwelling on failure? But confession is more celebratory than we think. It does not simply remind us of our guilt, but points us to our great Savior, who has atoned for us and lovingly pursues us despite our wandering. These prayers open with a scriptural call of confession, confess specific sins, thank the Father for Jesus' perfect life and death in our place, ask for the help of the Spirit in pursuing holiness, and close with an assurance of pardon. Inspired by the Puritan classic The Valley of Vision, these prayers were developed for both personal devotions and church use
    Author Info

    Bar­bara R. Duguid is a counselor and ministry assistant at Christ Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Grove City, Penn­syl­va­nia, where she crafts the weekly liturgy. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of six children, and she holds an advanced certificate in bib­li­cal coun­sel­ing from the Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion in Glen­side, Pennsylvania

    Wayne Duguid Houk is the events direc­tor and con­fer­ence plan­ner at Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion in Glen­side, Pennsylvania.

    Nov 222014

    Crossway eDeals

    Like I need more books to read. My TBR pile (though mostly digital nowadays) is huge but how to pass up some John Piper / D.A. Carson titles.

    I did not realize Crossway ran specials like this quite frequently. I ran across the twitter account, @CrosswayDigital while looking up some info on the book I just started, Prone to Wander.

    Three of the books cost me $0.99 each and the 4th was a whopping $1.99 that I almost did not buy but then the reviews forced me to.

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