Quick Takes – 5/10/2008

Andrée Seu shares some thoughts on writing. “Dirty little secrets of the trade: Writers don’t know where they’re going till they get there; first drafts are always pathetic; there is no such thing as an original thought.”

Rick Phillips provides a nice look at the Lord’s Prayer. “Let me encourage you to look to the Lord’s Prayer for a well-balanced, rightly prioritized prayer life. And let me encourage you to pray. What a difference it makes to our lives when we spend time with the Lord, and what a pleasure it is for Him to fellowship with our trusting hearts.” (HT: ekklesia)

Adrian Warnock shares about three women who were healed in different ways. “God does heal today. Sometimes, like for my friend, it is a mysterious process that some observers might simply put down to the body somehow curing itself … Others are healed dramatically as Maggie Parker has been. But a final group are healed through the God-given skills of the doctors. We should rejoice and thank God no matter which method he uses to heal.”

Author L. B. Graham talks about the difference between science fiction and fantasy. “Fantasy revolves mostly around stories displaced in time that use “magic” or powers like magic to do things not ordinarily possible in reality. Science fiction, however, refers more to stories displaced in space, using technology to do things not ordinarily possible in reality … As I was developing my story, I kept thinking about blending these conceptions … So, I set out to build a world with an alternative technological basis that could approximate some aspects of a more modern world, even if fantastical powers were being also wielded and fantastical creatures were roaming the land and sea.”

Mortimer Adler explains what it means to own a book. “There are three kinds of book owners. The first has all the standard sets and best sellers — unread, untouched. (This deluded individual owns woodpulp and ink, not books.) The second has a great many books — a few of them read through, most of them dipped into, but all of them as clean and shiny as the day they were bought. (This person would probably like to make books his own, but is restrained by a false respect for their physical appearance.) The third has a few books or many — every one of them dog-eared and dilapidated, shaken and loosened by continual use, marked and scribbled in from front to back. (This man owns books.)”

David Wayne (the Jolly Blogger) comments on how only extremists in the church seem to get noticed by the press. “I wish these folks would send an undercover journalist to follow the folks at one of the ordinary, run of the mill, smallish churches of America, like mine. And I wish they would follow the folks for a few days in their normal everyday lives. What they would find is that most evangelical Christendom is made up of ordinary people, living ordinary lives, doing their best and trying to please God in the midst of it. I have no doubt a reporter would probably uncover some sin and some greatness, but for the most part he wouldn’t uncover much weirdness. Then again, I guess such a story would probably be too boring to sell.”


  1. Ken Dzugan says:

    The book of Mortimer Adler which you mention is “How to Read a Book.” Here is what “How to Read a Book” did for me.

    I have been a voracious reader all my life. I never thought that I needed to know anything more about how to read. However in 1990 I read about a book by someone named Mortimer Adler whom I had never heard of. The title of the book was “How to Read a Book.” Even though I thought I knew everything about how to read I became intrigued by the title. I finally bought the book. I read it and then I read it again, and again, and again. Over the course of several years Dr. Adler dramatically changed what I read, how I read, and why I read. I used to read predominantly to be entertained. Now I read to learn. Using what Dr. Adler taught me, I now get in order of magnitude more out of books that I ever did before.

    Dr. Adler was a brilliant and prolific author, educator, philosopher, and lecturer. He wrote more than 50 books and 200 articles, all of which can be read with pleasure and profit.

    For more information on Mortimer Adler and his work, visit The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas at http://www.thegreatideas.org.

    Ken Dzugan
    Senior Fellow and Archivist
    The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Ken – Thanks for sharing the impact this book had on your reading.

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