Wednesday, September 11, 2019
I haven't accomplished a lot of reading this week but I am enjoying one new book and an old favorite author.
W. Phillip Keller's book A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm was mentioned in the comments on Sunday. He is one of my all time favorite authors and I was (and am) still pondering and memorizing that Psalm when a beautiful edition of that book went on sale for only 99 cents for the Kindle.
I snapped it up quickly since Kindle reading is easier than small print books at the moment and it has been such an enjoyable read (I think I first read it when it came out... maybe in the 70s?).
I think the closest author to Keller that I can think of is Wendell Barry. Not exactly but they are similar in that both write beautifully and both are men of the land.
I have quite a number of Keller books on my shelves and I like them all but two favorites are Wonder O' the Wind: A Common Man's Quest for God and Strength of Soul: The Sacred Use of Time. The latter book appears to be out of print (very sad words) but it is available third party.
I mentioned on Sunday that I was memorizing Psalm 23 from the Bible I purchased a few years ago. I've used the NIV version for ages but I wanted a different version to look at Scripture a little differently but still in a translation I could trust.
I had heard a lot of good things about the Modern English Version so I bought it in a large print version (it is a larger than normal print without being huge) and I have loved it every since. I will include a link to the exact size and style I purchased a few years ago.
The new book I have been enjoying is one that you will recognize if you saw the photo on Instagram today, called Every Moment Holy. It is a book of modern liturgies surrounding those everyday things we do like... our morning cup of coffee, when we start a book, when we finish a good book, when there is a storm coming, when we are feasting with friends, when we are preparing a hurried meal... and so many more. It is fabulous.
The author, Douglas Kaine McKelvey, writes the most beautiful God inspiring words and the block prints are illustrated by Ned Bustard. I bought my copy with a birthday Amazon Gift Card sent via email from a friend. (The BEST kind of emails!)
My daughter owned a copy before me and she loves it, too. You may be familiar with it already if you receive updates via email or on Facebook from The Rabbit Room.
At that I will leave you now. Life goes on in the midst of the storm.
Mentioned in this Blog Post
Although I highlight a few of his books here, I have found all of them I've read by Keller to be wonderful.
Wonder O' the Wind (paperback)... here.
Strength of Soul... here (third party).
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (paperback)... here.
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Kindle)... here. (Still 99 cents at the moment.)
The Modern English Version Bible Large Print Cherry Brown... here.
Every Moment Holy... here.
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