Nov 122013

Don’t distort or gloss over what you see. You can’t ignore the seamy side of present-day culture, which you’re bound to encounter, as you already have. You don’t want to present a sanitized, goody-two-shoes version of life if that isn’t what you observe. That’s not ethically honest. Certain works of fiction, including mine, have been criticized for containing content too forthright for the Christian community, when the criticism is put charitably, but that element I can’t ethically change. I’ve never understood how a writer can depict redemption from sin if the reader doesn’t see sin in a character to begin with.

Yet in Scripture I find deception and adultery and incest and rape and rebellion and murder and every destructive act I care to imagine, up to a tent stake hammered through the head of a man by a woman who lies to him. All this I receive as instruction, without attributing it to the author, as I take instruction from the spikes driven into skin and flesh, between the bones of the hands of the one lifted up to heal me of the destruction of death.

Page: 179

Christians can seem so naive at times. Living within our little enclave rather than living a redemptive life in the world. Christ came into the world not to shelter his followers from the real world but to save sinners.

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  • Words for Readers and Writers – Larry Woiwode
  • Vocab: palliate – to ease without curing
  • Redemption from a Sanitized Reality

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    Jun 222013

    He never tried to palliate an audience, or play up to or, worse, down to one, and his observations and conclusions open the reader’s mind to possibilities in new and memorable modes…

    Page: 106

    Word: palliate
    transitive verb


    1. to reduce the violence of (a disease); also :  to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease
    2. to cover by excuses and apologies
    3. to moderate the intensity of <trying to palliate the boredom>

    Pronunciation: \?pa-l?-??t\


    1. treatments that can palliate the painful symptoms of the disease
    2. <don’t try to palliate your constant lying by claiming that everybody lies>

    Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin palliatus, past participle of palliare to cloak, conceal, from Latin pallium cloak

    First Known Use: 15th century

    The only time I have heard a derivative of this word used is in relation to end-of-life suffering.

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  • Words for Readers and Writers – Larry Woiwode
  • Vocab: palliate – to ease without curing
  • Redemption from a Sanitized Reality

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    May 182013

    Crossway Books has never let me down. Even though I had never heard of the author prior to seeing the book being available on NetGalley, the description looked interesting.

    [Update After Finishing]
    I enjoyed some of the essays more than others but each intrigued me in its own way. I would enjoy reading some of his fiction but my library does not have any of his other books. I may put in a special request or buy “The Invention of Lefse: A Christmas Story” as an ebook.

    Book Posts

  • Words for Readers and Writers – Larry Woiwode
  • Vocab: palliate – to ease without curing
  • Redemption from a Sanitized Reality

  • Book Info

    Words for Readers and Writers: Spirit-Pooled Dialogues
    by Larry Woiwode
    Publisher: Crossway
    Published: 04/30/2013
    ISBN-10: 143353522X
    ISBN-13: 978-1433535222
    Started: 05/18/2013
    Finished: 07/23/2013
    Source: NetGalley
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Words—so small, so powerful—engender and enable our very existence. How are we to receive them, use them, hear them, and unite them?

    Critically acclaimed author Larry Woiwode explores the mysterious potential of words in this collection of 21 essays on the process and the significance of reading and writing.

    Reflect on Woiwode’s masterful meditations and you will find yourself inspired not only to write and to read, but also to believe in the transforming power of words.

    Author Info
    Larry Alfred Woiwode (born October 30, 1941) is an American writer who lives in North Dakota, where he has been the state's Poet Laureate since 1995. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, Gentleman's Quarterly, The Partisan Review and The Paris Review. He is the author of five novels; two collections of short stories, a commentary titled "Acts," a biography of the Gold Seal founder and entrepreneur, Harold Schafer, Aristocrat of the West, a book of poetry, Even Tide ; and reviews and essays and essay-reviews that have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post Book World.

    He has served as Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and conducted summer sessions as a professor at Wheaton College, Chicago, and the C.S. Lewis Seminars at Cambridge; he has also conducted seminars and workshops in fourteen states of the U.S., all of the Canadian provinces but British Columbia, and in England, Lithuania, and the Scandinavias. He has published a dozen book sin a variety of genres, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages.

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