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Adam_Z

Adam_Z

Joined September 2016

Indecisive bibliophile. Pipe smoker. Craft beer aficionado. Lover of history. Christ-follower. www.goodreads.com/ziarnik
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Home from work early. Enjoying a Diesel Unholy Cocktail to accompany a book on Christian hedonism. Spurgeon would approve.

#Smoking #cigar

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Got off work early today - enjoy a #cigar while reading outdoors 😁

SDG

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“Lincoln has become such an American icon that when one delves into the historical literature, one discovers that much of the Lincoln historiography is not so much an attempt to explain history as to devise rationalizations or excuses for Lincoln's behavior.” [page 19]

A most interesting read.

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Happy Saturday evening everyone! Here's to good #beer, good books, and good smokes!

#BooksWithBeer #PipeSmoking

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A semi-modernized republication of William Gouge's 1622 book Domestical Duties.

This wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. I was expecting a bit more practical application, but I understand that will come in volumes 2 and 3 of this series. Instead, this volume is basically an in-depth exposition of Ephesians 5:21 to 6:4, and it is as much a theology book as it is a guide to family life. There's some real wisdom to be found here.

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The Silmarillion | J. R. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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Listening to chapter by chapter commentary and discussion of The Silmarillion on The Prancing Pony #podcast - highly recommended - especially if you've found The Silmarillion to be difficult reading. #Tolkein #LOTR

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Enjoying reading Chad Van Dixhoorn's commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, aptly titled “Confessing the Faith”. This is an excellent in-depth analysis of the classic/timeless 17th century doctrinal statement by which the Presbyterian Church is governed.

#Smoking some Presbyterian Mixture in my pipe.

Not in the frame is Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo IPA. #BooksWithBeer

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What Is a Healthy Church Member? | Thabiti M. Anyabwile
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Great read! Pairing with The Truth imperial IPA from Flying Dog brewing Co, and smoking Orlik Golden Sliced in my Missouri Meerschaum cob #pipe on this beautiful day 😁

#BooksWithBeer

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So I started this one, ironically enough, on my phone. Then I moved over to the laptop 😜

Not pictured: Drinking a Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA by New Belgium Brewery tonight. #BooksWithBeer

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AMAZING biography of covering the first 40 years of the life of this Welsh physician turned preacher. I lost track of how many times I was block highlighting paragraphs and making notes in the cover of the book. There's a lot of content here that is applicable today for the individual and the church at large. Lots of the issues the church dealt with 80 years ago in the UK are being experienced by the American church in recent times. Great book!

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An interesting look at the history of the Guinness family and the history of their business ventures, ministry involvement, and philanthropy. If ever I am fortunate enough to visit Dublin, I hope to visit the Guinness brewery and drink from the source. The world needs more companies to be run as the Guinness family ran their brewery for generations.

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I checked this out on #Hoopla today. Really enjoying it so far. Of course, I'm drinking a Guinness tonight ;)

Cheers, and amen! 🍻 #BooksWithBeer

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A good beer and a good book makes for a great afternoon. “Santa's Cookies” Imperial Oatmeal Stout (Champion Brewing of Charlottesville, VA) is a nice treat for a frigid day such as this. I'm finding great encouragement and a troves of wisdom in Iain Murray's biography covering the first 40 years of the life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Glad I bought this one as recommended by Paul Washer.

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I smiled reading this quote from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the subject of debate.

While engaged in a vigorous debate with a friend, I've been known to be misunderstood to be at odds with my debate partner in an unfriendly manner, when the fact is that we're both perfectly at peace in our relationship to one another.

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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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This is a truly great book. I'd never even heard of the book, or the author until seeing this pop up in my #Litsy feed. Thank you #littens - this was well worth the money and time spent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Planning on watching the #Hitchcock film adaptation as well as the more recent #BBC miniseries now.

I think I'm going to read My Cousin Rachel (same author) soon.

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#Relaxing after a long day at the office... Not pictured is my glass of Live Free or Die #IPA from 21st Amendment #BooksWithBeer #Ecclesiology

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My favorite way to start the weekend: coffee and a book. Can I get an AMEN?

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In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, tonight's post is all about the theology of Calvin and the thirst of Luther. Over halfway through this one, & it's a little deeper/heavier reading than anticipated, but it's still good stuff, and I *DO* recommend it (and pretty much anything by Sproul). Drinking a Troegenator (doublebock) by Tröeg's Brewing. #BooksWithBeer #Theology #Calvinism #Reformed

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Heaven | Randy Alcorn
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I scoffed at the quote on the cover when I first picked this up, but it's true. The lessons learned from this book have been transformative for me. I have more joy in my life, I have less anxiety, I don't struggle with depression like I did before. It took me about 3 months to get through the whole thing, but it was well worth it, and I'll likely re-read someday.

Thoroughly enjoying a Ghost Hammer IPA from Stone Brewing tonight. #BooksWithBeer

Adam_Z Cheers and Amen! 🍻 2y
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Heaven | Randy Alcorn
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Boredom in Heaven and exciting fun in Hell? NOPE!

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Bailedbailed

I listened to the audiobook and bailed about 75% through it. I know - I was so close to finishing. I just couldn't take it anymore. I agree with the author on much of what he has to say, but I feel like he took what should have been a 60-80 minute lecture and turned it into a book. I was choking on one anecdotal story after another - it was overkill. The chapter on the benefits of travel was the straw that broke the camel's back.

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Heaven | Randy Alcorn
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Grilling some ribeye and asparagus, listening to Hot Tuna, reading my book, and drinking Sierra Nevada's “Tropical Torpedo” IPA.

This is cathartic - not quite Heaven, but close. Maybe just a foretaste :)

#BooksWithBeer

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Heaven | Randy Alcorn
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Sorry no pic. I've been away from Litsy for a few weeks and just realized I never posted any thoughts/review on this one when I finished it...

Great conclusion to the trilogy. I didn't learn as much about this “in-between” period as I'd hoped, but I really enjoyed the journey just the same, and fell in love with many of the characters that Wendig created for his books. If you're on the fence, don't listen to the haters - read it for yourself :)

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Part 2 of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy is a big improvement over the 1st. This was a much quicker read, having no need to create the greater setting or introduce the characters. Not a chore to get through.

Pairing with a Bavarian Inn Dark Beer from Mountain Town Brewing (Mt Pleasant, Michigan) #BooksWithBeer

Cheers! 😊

Adam_Z On the quirky side, I never expected to find my 1st novel sighting of the pronouns “zhe” and “zher” to be in a Star Wars book. These PERMEATED a single otherwise irrelevant chapter inserted into the story 🤔 2y
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“A LOVING YET VIOLENT ENTANGLEMENT...” 😂
I can't get enough of the comic relief provided by Mr. Bones!

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Mr. Bones (who “speaks” in ALL CAPS) is a seriously demented droid - and an amusing supporting character to read 😂

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Kids are in bed and reading night has commenced! Frances and I are enjoying some Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing this evening as well. To those who read Aftermath and found it to be boring and poorly written, I suggest you give Wendig another chance with Life Debt. I'm not having to push myself to get through this one at all. We already know the characters, so the action starts right away. Pg 188, and this is much better. #BooksWithBeer

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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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⭐⭐⭐ Despite a slow start, the payoff was worth it. For those of us who have been intrigued by Grand Admiral Thrawn since his first appearance in the 1990's, it's an especially nice treat to finally get the backstory to one of the most intriguing characters in the Star Wars universe. Still, I could've done with more Thrawn and less Arihnda Pryce.

...And was that a setup for an Eli Vanto novel I saw?

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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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Vacationing in San Diego and visiting in-laws. Hoping to finish this one up soon. It was a bit slow starting, but it got much better around the halfway mark. Enjoying sipping on Stone Brewing's “Ripper” San Diego Pale Ale. Can't find this in North Carolina. #BooksWithBeer

Desha Stone! 👍🏼👍🏼 I'm a San Diego native and my co-workers and I used to go over to the brewery on Friday evenings...have you gotten to visit one of the breweries yet? They have tours! ☺️🌞 2y
Adam_Z @Desha I lived in this area from 2002-2004. I visited the original Stone Brewery back when they were still in San Marcos. Last visit was 4 yrs ago and I checked out the new Stone facility. Fortunately I can get Stone in NC now, if not all of the same varieties. I'm here w/ my non-beer drinking wife & very non-beer drinking kids (8 & 5), so not much time to go brewery hopping. I did stop in at Pizza Port in Carlsbad today to grab some cans to go. 2y
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Desha @Adam_Z Lol makes perfect sense! ☺️ Especially those very non-beer drinking children! 👍🏻Stone is pretty awesome...glad you've gotten to see both locations and that you can get their beer in NC! Yay for Pizza Port! 🎉 I hope you guys enjoy your time here in SD! 🌞 2y
Adam_Z Thanks ☺️ 2y
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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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Back to the Kindle for some mindless pleasure reading, and back to the “new” Star Wars cannon with THRAWN. Joining me tonight is one of the few fruit beers I like enough to spend money on - 21st Amendment Brewery's “Hell or High Watermelon” 🍉 wheat beer.

Cheers! 🍺

#BooksWithBeer

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Heaven | Randy Alcorn
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Going deep tonight... Pairing some #theology with a Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewery (Winston-Salem, NC) 🍺

#BooksWithBeer

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What a page-turner that was! Reminiscent of early Grisham in that regard. I got sucked in fast, and every time I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. That's what a thriller is supposed to do, & Hawkins nailed it. An impressive debut novel, there's not much I feel like I can say without possibly spoiling the plot in some fashion. It was a great read, and I plan to pick up INTO THE WATER soon as well.

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The anticipation of finishing this tonight is killing me!

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Reading on my Kindle in the B&N Cafe. Such a rebel 😎

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Sneaking in a few pages between tasks at the office, because, if I had my druthers, reading this book is all I would be doing today. After being in a rut reading a lot of Star Wars books, The Girl on the Train has been *just* the tonic I needed. Quite refreshingly​ different :)

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An excellent resource for artists who use their gifts in the church, and for those who lead them. Great for individual or group study, and great whether you're new to serving in the church or a seasoned veteran. Highly recommended!

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The most cussed and discussed book of the new Star Wars cannon, Aftermath is actually nowhere near as bad as many have made it out to be. It wasn't a favorite, but I don't feel like I wasted my time either, and I *do* plan to read Chuck Wendig's follow-up novel LIFE DEBT.

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Call me a sucker, but I needed something different to read (been in a Star Wars rut lately) and I remembered this book piquing my interest about a year ago.

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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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Wow... I've been reading Star Wars novels since Timothy Zahn's “Heir to The Empire” was published in '91, and this is unlike any other one I've read. The main characters are completely new to this book, and it's a fantastic story - not merely a good SW story. This is a great entry point into the world of SW novels. Highly recommended, whether you are a veteran of SW novels or have never read one before!

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You've Been Warned | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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What a disjointed mess... Proof positive that anything with JP's name on the cover will get published and sold in airports and grocery stores everywhere. The title was apparently a warning to the prospective reader to not read this book.

geodynamical I've been warned! 😄 2y
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You've Been Warned | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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Digital library haul... Probably wouldn't have bought the audiobook, but the price is right :)

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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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The TBR stack on my nightstand is about to get a little bit taller. @ B&N right now and I'm bringing Rebecca home with me 😏

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An ironically non-political book that (along with a podcast on which I heard the author speak) transformed the way I view the 1st gen immigrant population in America - especially refugees (hot-button issue right now). Excellent book - highly recommended!

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Most of my reading in the last decade has been ebooks. I know - there's nothing sexy about my Kindle or tablet pics on Litsy, LOL. This is the first time in a VERY long time that I've had a TBR pile of print books. Oh, there's a TBR list of ebooks too, but nobody wants to see that 🤣🤣🤣

Adam_Z @MrBook Thanks :) 3y
MrBook I have the bottom book. It's good. 3y
Adam_Z @MrBook Someone I trust and respect on matters of spirituality recommended it several years ago. I just never got around to it. It's happening soon! 3y
saguarosally I like ebook pictures. They have overtaken my feed! 3y
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Order to Kill | Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
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Kyle Mills did a great job with The Survivor, but in Order to Kill, just 50 pages in, I've had enough. It's overly clichéd, and I've already read 3 things that have happened that just completely jumped the shark - the kind of stuff Vince Flynn would never have written. It's a shame too, because I was really excited about another Mitch Rapp book.

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Yellow Brick War | Danielle Paige
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The series is on a downward spiral. Amy is uninteresting and at times annoying. I always felt like the realm of Oz was actually the main character in a way, and half of this book takes place in Kansas. Idk if I'm going to read book 4 or not.

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The Patriots: A Novel | Sana Krasikov
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An emotionally charged multigenerational story about leaving home and finding it again. It is the story of a young adult from Brooklyn who travels to Russia in search of the utopian society that she believes she will find there. The story is unique in its description of american expatriates living in the USSR and how their experiences failed to live up to their expectations. Recommended for russophiles and fans of literary and/or historical fic.

Adam_Z (obtained courtesy of Penguin's First to Read program. It comes out late January) 3y
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