Archives For Classics

 

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Earlier this week, we featured Christmas music for those who don’t like Christmas music

But sometimes, I can be a sucker for the Christmas classics too. Here are 10 of my favorite Christmas albums:

 
You won’t find Bing Crosby here, but rather the classics nicely arranged in a variety of styles…

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Home for Christmas
Amy Grant

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In honor of the elegant new collection of George Herbert’s poems from Cambridge University Press, here are five of our favorite poems of his that are featured in this new book:

 

George Herbert: 100 Poems

Hardback: Cambridge UP, June 2016.
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The Holdfast
George Herbert

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Today is the birthday of Jewish theologian Martin Buber, born 1878.

In honor of the occasion, here is an excerpt from his important book:

I and Thou
Martin Buber

First Translated to English, 1937
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Tomorrow is the birthday of Francis Schaeffer… 

I never really got into most of his work; I found him too much of a modernist, but there were two books of his that I still have a deep appreciation for… 

Here are excerpts from these books…

Art and the Bible
Francis Schaeffer

IVP Books, 1973.
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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Lewis Mumford, historian and social critic.

Mumford was the author of the important book:

The City in History

Harcourt: 1961
National Book Award Winner.
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In conjunction with the success of this book, Mumford made a superb six-part documentary series that spans the book’s content. The full series can be watched online…

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Read More Poetry

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more poetry?

If not, it’s not too late to do so. 

“For me, poetry is a practice that is helping me begin to slow down and become more attentive. Learning to read a poem carefully trains us to pay extraordinary attention to the sounds and images of language that we might easily overlook in our haste. … Poems offer us an invitation to abide with their words.”

– ERB Editor, Chris Smith, In Defense of Poetry

To help you read more poetry, we will be publishing two lists of recommended poets.

This first list will feature classic poets, whose work is freely available in the public domain.  These poems are good because they have withstood the test of time, and because they are easily and freely accessible. Their drawbacks are that they are dated (Many of them, for instance, write in verse, a form that is widely rejected among poets today), and that although we have tried to make our list as diverse as possible, there tends to be less diversity (A hundred years ago or more, the vast majority of poets being published were white males).

Our second list, which will be posted next week, will feature the work of contemporary poets.

It will be beneficial to develop habits of reading poems from both of these lists. The classics help us understand the tradition of poetry, and contemporary poets wrestle with contemporary concerns in the forms of today.

Classic Poets:

All the poems in these books are in the public domain. Read them on your device, print them out, post them on your blog, slice them, dice them and remix them into your own poems. Most of all, have fun!

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of François Fénelon, a noted French theologian of the 17th century.

I first encountered Fenelon’s work through Richard Foster’s praise of it in Celebration of Discipline and Freedom of Simplicity.

Two of his books are available as FREE ebooks:

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As we are now well-entrenched in November, here are eight classic poems about this autumn month…

Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, and MORE….

 

How Happy I Was If I Could Forget
Emily Dickinson

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If you care about theology, and if you read Kindle ebooks….

Here are 12 essential collections that contain hundreds of books and millions of pages.

All of these have good overall customer reviews, and the best part is that even if you buy all of them, it will cost you less than $20!

Enjoy, and share these with your friends!

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Read the Classics this summer….

Here are 10 classics that are worth reading (or re-reading) this summer.

All of these are available in FREE ebook editions, or I suspect that your local library will have a copy of most of these.

Enjoy, and share these with your friends! Maybe you can even get a group together to read one or more of these classics…

 

Jane Eyre: A Novel

By Charlotte Brontë

 

Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was published the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action—the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility, and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry—Jane Eyre revolutionised the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the ‘first historian of the private consciousness’ and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.
(via Wikipedia)

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