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paulfrankspencer
Interior Castle | Teresa of Avila
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Find yourself a good and disillusioned mentor.

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Amiable
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Pickpick

COMPLETED for #NFNov . I‘m not religious, so I‘m not the best person to judge it based on its ecclesiastical merits. The writing is very good, and I enjoyed the author‘s humor, wit and humanity.

#TIL: Many church leaders attempt to use the Bible to define womanhood by a list of rigid rules. But the Bible does not present a single model for womanhood. The notion that it contains a formula for being a “good” woman is a myth.
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Chrissyreadit I‘m also not religious, but really enjoyed Rachel Evans book. She died suddenly a few months ago and I consider it a heartbreaking loss. 3d
Scochrane26 I‘m glad you like this. I don‘t read many Christian books, but I like RHE & Jen hatmaker if I feel in the mood. @Chrissyreadit I think it‘s a heartbreaking loss, too. Her children (I think she had 2, maybe only 1) are so young. And she was a voice for progressive Christians. 3d
Chrissyreadit @Scochrane26 yes- she had two young children. I follow Jen Hatmaker, Glennon Doyle, and Brene Brown, because they are so positive about community. Their tributes to Rachel Evans had me bawling. 3d
Amiable @Chrissyreadit @scochrane26 I think RHE was a really good writer ... very thoughtful and insightful. I was particularly moved by her comments about the difference between charity and justice, and why Christians (and everyone, really) should be advocating for social justice. Her death at such a young age is a huge tragedy. 2d
rsteve388 9 pts 11m
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Clutterbucks_Queen
Holy Bible, KJV | Thomas Nelson
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Found this beautiful little Holy Bible Edition amongst my fathers books 😍 Presented to an, 'Alfred Duke' on leaving school in 1924, July 29th.

I feel privileged to own such a treasure and I will forever be amazed at owning something with this much age and history behind it! ❤️

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quirkyreader
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Pickpick

Outside it‘s 5+ inches of snow. Yea SNOW!🐸🐝🦋❄️. Here is the link to my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3045306431?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

rwmg Is the 25 Books your personal selection, or does the list come from somewhere? 5d
rwmg @quirkyreader an interesting selection 5d
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kiwigenxer
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This is a fascinating dive into a barely known and often misused religious #tradition. I really enjoyed this one though some of the ideas were a little edgy. #Gnostics finally have their own voice. #history #religion

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Caterina
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MrBook Madeleines!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7d
MrBook Cute mug! 😁 7d
Andrew65 Just the ticket! 6d
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Amiable
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Next up for #NFNov. I am not religious in the slightest, but I thought this account of a woman who lived a full year according to biblical dictates looked interesting.

#TIL: That there are evangelical Christians who vote for Democrats, believe in evolution and are not convinced that everyone who is different from them is going to Hell. Huh. That somewhat restores my faith in this country.

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Scochrane26 This is a really good book. And now so tragic since she died this year. She grew up evangelical but broke away due to differences in belief. She got a lot of heat from evangelicals about her more progressive beliefs. (edited) 7d
rwmg I really enjoyed this one. Have you read this similar book by a non observant Jew? 6d
Amiable @rwmg I have read that one, yes! I enjoy AJ Jacobs‘ work. 6d
Amiable @Scochrane26 I just saw that she died this year! So sad —only 37. 😢 6d
Clwojick 4 pt. 5d
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intothehallofbooks
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I‘ve been holding out on starting this book since it is Rachel‘s last. Her books and speaking have been so, so important to me over the past several years. I was raised in a strict Pentecostal household and church. She was raised similarly. So I feel not-so-alone when I read RHE‘s stuff.

I‘m reading along and discussing with a real-life friend. Buddy reads are such a treat!!

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Caterina
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Drinking some Himalayan Wonder First Flush Orthodox Black Tea from Teesta, my favorite loose leaf black tea right now. ?

#TIL about the 15th/16th c. "burning sickness," which was caused by the poisonous fungus ergot; abscesses on the trunk of the body spread to the limbs, "detaching them little by little from the torso." ? The Isenheim Altarpiece depicts a crucified Christ with the burning sickness. #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Megabooks There are all kinds of fun ergots that grow on grains! Toxicology class in vet school! 2w
Caterina @Megabooks Ohhh cool! This particular outbreak was on grains of rye! Also I'm glad the surgery went well ❤️😊 2w
Caterina @Megabooks In the audiobook I'm listening to (tagged), I literally just encountered the (minority, very doubtful) argument that the Salem witch trial girls were infected with ergot and that's why they were hysterical! What're the odds of encountering ergot twice in one day in two very different books! 😂 2w
Megabooks @Caterina I had heard that about the witches. Ergot often has hallucinations as a result of ingestion. Humans most encounter it on rye and occasionally wheat. Cows on Dallis grass. I believe it causes staggers is cattle which looks like cows tripping on mushrooms! Enough can kill them, and people too! Thanks! I‘m so glad the surgery is over!! 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
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MariaW
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How the copts keep their bibles in Anafora. Rustic and simple, but soo beautiful. #anafora #anaforaegypt #egypt

Simona Indeed, very beautiful❣️ 2w
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