May Books

I hang my head in shame. My poor book log has had no entries since March 28. Yes, this bibliophile has really gone two months without completing a single book. But this sad state of events was not my choice. If I had had my way, I would have finished several Mark Twain books and read A Chance to Die by Amy Carmichael. But one little thing prevented me.
I can almost count reading Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, but at the end of the book there are several excerpts from Poor Richard’s Almanac that I haven’t yet read, so I conscientiously don’t yet consider that book as “done.” But I have read several hundred pages in both my American history and literature books.      
I love my history book. It reads like a novel. I feel so sorry for everyone who reads secular history books. Learning about events in our nation through a Christian perspective highlights completely different aspects of our heritage than a secular worldview. During our chapter on World War II, my video history teacher interviewed several veterans. One gentleman said the men in his squadron got together one night and decided to drink to “luck.” Not believing in either drinking or luck, he refused to be part of the toast. The next day they went into combat, and every single pilot went down…except that man.
 A humorous story from another veteran of the Air Force told of the escapade of a donkey. His group would fly over German territory and drop bombs, fueling up in an Allied country, fly back over the Germans, then return to England. During one of those fuel stops, a man tried to sell the airmen a donkey. Thinking it would make a great mascot, the soldiers accepted and went up into the sky with the donkey. However, they forgot to give the donkey an oxygen mask, resulting in the beast’s untimely death. When they started dropping the bombs, they decided to get rid of the donkey. So down the donkey dropped, thousands of feet, perhaps landing near some unsuspecting person! 🙂
Literature is interesting as well, although I definitely prefer some authors over others. Thoreau and Emerson are not my favorites, just because their philosophies were completely wrong. But I did enjoy Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Celestial Railroad,” a short-story modernization (in his times) of Pilgrim’s Progress. And Hawthorne’s The Minister’s Black Veil was very thought-provoking, telling the story of a minister who wore a black veil as a mysterious symbol, testing his congregation. 
I’m getting ever-so-close to being done with school. These last few days I must keep on keeping on, no matter what Knickerbockers or Transcendental Pessimists or Anti-Naturalists try to stop me. (Don’t worry, the authors aren’t quite as scary as they sound!)

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Samantha R.
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 02:06:38

    There's almost nothing better than TRUE history!! And I do pity those who read secular history books too.


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