Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Let's try the second time around

I had a long blog post typed out but it was all lost (except for one paragraph) when our internet service developed some kind of hick up and I had to jump start it (thankfully Christopher has shown me how). It doesn't happen often... sigh.

I'm still spending more time on the sofa than doing any kind of work. I've even asked my husband to run errands for me tomorrow. This virus just doesn't want to give up. I know being a Type 1 diabetic makes it harder to overcome but from what I've heard from friends and family, most people seem to be having a hard time shaking it. Even better reason for me to stay inside a few more days with a good book(s).

I should have given a little more info about Louis L'Amour in yesterday's post. I forget there is probably an entire generation now unfamiliar with him. His book that I'm re-reading, Education of a Wandering Man, is his autobiography regarding his early years and how he really did educate himself after having to drop out of school at a young age. He was a prolific reader (as well as writer).

I first heard about the book in a list of Favorite Books about a decade ago. As I begin to notice it in other such lists, I became curious and checked it out of the library. What a treasure, especially for one homeschooling anyone in general and a boy in particular. L'Amour writes like a cowboy poet. I've read that Ronald Reagan used to keep one of his books beside him to read when he needed to relax. Hmmm... cold war, economic crisis, assassination attempt... good thing L'Amour wrote a lot of books for The Gipper to read. Even though it is an autobiography, it reads like a novel.

Speaking of books (who, me?), I received Schaeffer's The Tapestry in the mail today. I purchased it through an Amazon used book seller. It has been out of print for sometime now and I was taking a chance at ordering the paperback copy but it arrived in very good condition. I loaned my original hardback copy (a gift from my husband) to a friend in the 1990s and never received it back before they moved away. It was nearly $20.00 (for a paperback!) with shipping but it is not easy to locate these days.

The Tapestry was written by Edith and is subtitled The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. It is truly one of my top five favorite books... ever. I probably should take Schaeffer's books and make them their own category with "everything Schaeffer" being second only to my Bible. I cannot emphasize the affect and influence they had over me as a very young woman who came to know Christ as a teenager.

I have thanked God over and over for bringing their books to educate me in the Christian life as well as my walk as a wife and mother. Were they perfect? Absolutely not. They never claimed to be perfect. However, they were definitely placed in the Kingdom of God at the right place and the right time. If you can find a copy of this book, buy it and read it. It's rather big but it is... amazing.

I need a sugar free lemon lime soft drink to ease my stomach before making dinner. I'm cheating tonight, using alfredo sauce from a jar and pasta from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. At least there will be dinner on the table. :)

By the way, if you notice errors in spelling... I haven't been able to get Blogger's Spell Check to work in weeks. I try to proofread but when I'm in a hurry or I don't have my glasses handy... what you see is (unfortunately) what you may end up with! Spelling was never my strong point.


Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Dear Brenda, I am praying for you to feel better, but perhaps you should take a little extra resting time, just to be on the safe side! I just began to read Edith Schaeffer's _What is a Family_ and like it very much so far, though I am beyond the time of life when it would have been the most help, I can still find ideas! Thank you for bringing this writer to my attention. BTW it's great to see posts from you three days in a row!

GrammaGrits said...

I, too, check everyday to see if there's a new post. You're always a blessing.

Thanks for sharing the biography about LL and the title of Edith Schaeffer's book; she's always blessed me.

Take care of yourself . . . praying for you.

Kelly said...

Hang in there, almost every blog I have read over the last week or so someone has the flu, and it is a kicker for them, so something is going around! I will pray it keeps going in a different direction!! Feel better soon!!

Get Well Blessings~

Quinne said...

Hi Brenda :) Reading you again today about Louis L'Amour... it just hit me that EoWM would make a fantastic bday gift for my dh. When he was a teenager and early adult, LL was all he enjoyed reading! Thanks for the idea :)

Praying with you as you get well! Love, Q

Brenna said...

Feel better. We are just back in the land of the living this week after a week of colds. BTW, I have never been able to get my blogger spell check to work. Must be a trick to it.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Thank you for the book recommendation. I will definitely look for Edith Schaeffer.

Yes, this virus thing hangs on terribly. It's been weeks for me and I am just now really getting over it.

Take good care and don't hesitate to call your doctor if it isn't clearing as quickly as it should.