My brother sent me a book for Christmas last year. I really appreciated that.
Mom always bought me a book i requested for Christmas. The last book she gave me for Christmas was the Post Synodal Exhortations of John Paul II. A special one because it was the last Christmas gift from mom and it actually went out of print after that. The year before she gave me John Paul II’s Theology of the Body;Human Love in the Divine Plan. My brother’s book was the only book i got for Christmas in 2014. Truthfully it was the only book i have gotten in a very long time. Back in 1973 he gave me one very special book,JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Awesome.I still have it to this day. It’s leather bound,includes maps and is very unique.I digress though because i started off by talking about the book he sent last Christmas(2014).It’s titled The Varities of Religious Experience by William James. [There’s no way on earth i could have left out mom but we have to get back on topic too.]
I’m a simpleton (unlike 4 of the smartest ppl i know;my brother,husband,Charles Krauthammer & Fr Robert Spitzer); so here’s how i break down a book.I ask several simple questions:
1. What point is the author trying to make?
2.Is author objective and speaking from personal experience. Is he on the outside looking in or on the inside speaking from knowledge?
3. What can i take away from the author’s thinking that would influence my life in a positive way?
4. The purpose of education is to find truth.Is the author seeking truth? (Even in math 2+2 equals 4).
“When evil is only imagined you can live with it but when it is manifest before your eyes there is no way out.”
Karol,the Man Who Became Pope.Full Version,English