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DrSabrinaMoldenReads

Joined May 2016

I‘ve promised myself to read as many great books as I can in my life. Books and reading bring me joy.
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The Captive ; The Fugitive | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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I‘m thrilled to be back into my happy reading place. I am already liking this so much better than Volume IV

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Bailedbailed

I hated this book so much that I actually quit it towards the end. I don‘t even know why I kept trying. But when he started with the “blacks” debutante ball, as if it was one of his comical elements, I was done and done. It‘s not even worthy of me going into it. Yuck!

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I‘m excited about reading these. They seem really good.

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Sodom and Gomorrah | Marcel Proust
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This is actually Vol. IV. I had to give it thumbs up because Proust and anyone tackling “In Search of Lost Time” must read all volumes. But, for me, this has gone downhill and I don‘t have high expectations for the last volumes. His tangents this time were so illogical that they were grueling to read. I wondered about his sanity. Now reading the back story of this book, I feel fooled by him (won‘t spoil) & there‘s too much of the Verdurin socials

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I am enjoying this book so much. I love his style of writing like he is having a witty conversation with me. I regret that he has only written one other book. Any other books that you have read that remind you of this one…for an enjoyable reading experience?

DrSabrinaMoldenReads Some books let you down. I‘ve come a long way to not finish but I‘ve wanted to 2mo
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I shall see what Marcel is obsessing about this time. These long novels are focused on at the most 3 events in one locale.

merelybookish There's an epic dinner party in this one. 😂 5mo
charl08 One day I will read Proust... #whenimgrownup 5mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads That is the longest dinner party know to man @merelybookish 😩 5mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads I highly recommend it @charl08. And actually I agree I would not love Proust as much as I do now. I find his observations validating more so than I would have when I was younger. 5mo
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Awe-struck for the 3rd time by this novel, in parts. The gravity of what Proust was saying didn‘t hit me until the end and the ending hit me square in the face. His tangents & extra people are a problem but this is absolved by his genius level depiction of human nature and in this one social relationships. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB So well said. A truely satisfying read. 5mo
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Awww….I‘m back to Proust, which has spoiled me, it‘s reading at its finest. On every page, I find that one profound statement (midst all the other wonderful prose) which takes my breath away. I‘m thinking: “I can‘t believe he just said that.” For me: “Jane Austen, you‘re great, but not even close to this level.

merelybookish I'm reading this volume right now too. And yes, filled with insight, although his comments about women are starting to rankle me. 🙂 8mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads Yea!!! I‘ve kinda accepted the way he is. Proust never got married and stuff. @merelybookish 8mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @merelybookish And his relationship content can get aggravating. What I love about him is his insights into human nature the way he is able to describe the way we are as people, in general. 8mo
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merelybookish @DrSabrinaMoldenReads Agreed. And I love when he writes about perception and memory and the way light falls on the sea. There's more I love than don't. But I have found myself rolling my eyes more with this volume. 8mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @merelybookish I‘ll let you know what I think. I just started. 8mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @merelybookish He certainly is more long winded in this one. I continue to love the profound observations that he throws in during his digressions though. 7mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads I agree with all you have said @merelybookish 5mo
merelybookish Congrats on being halfway! I'm making my way through Volume 4 but my pace has slowed. 5mo
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Emma | Jane Austin
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First of all, make sure not to get the “Signet Classic” edition because Margaret Drabble discloses the entire plot in the Introduction. (Sigh)
Jane Austen worked the magic of engaging me in the story to the extent that I felt I was visiting real people and the characters and relationships are intriguing. But she overdid it with unnecessary, irrelevant stuff, trying to tie up all loose ends. Ultimately, it was disappointing to me.
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Emma | Jane Austen
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I wanted to come on here and let you know that to me , so far, starting Chapter 5, that I find, Emma and especially her father, Mr. Woodhouse, to be hilarious. Emma is not at all likable to me which adds to the humor. I also keep thinking about “A Room of One‘s Own” by Virginia Woolfe in which she notes that Jane had to write in the presence of her family. How did she come up with this? I love it.

KathyWheeler Me. Woodhouse is absolutely insane! I laugh every time he appears. 10mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @KathyWheeler I do too! He is so funny!! 10mo
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Emma | Austen Jane
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I‘ve been so surprised how much I‘ve been enjoying this novel. Since I also loved “Persuasion”, I guess I am joining the ranks of being a Jane Austen fan. Her characterization of women is intriguing to me.

KathyWheeler I‘ve been reading this for quite some time — I pick it up, read some, and put it down and read something else. I don‘t know why I haven‘t finished it because I‘m loving it. 10mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @KathyWheeler Some books are like that 10mo
KathyWheeler @DrSabrinaMoldenReads they are. It‘s been a couple of years! I pick it up, read a few chapters, and put it down. A few months later, I pick it up again. Surprisingly, I haven‘t forgotten anything that‘s happened though. 10mo
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This book has won accolades, even being on the list of “1001 Books to Read before You Die”. But, for me, the jury is still out. On pg. 30 & the odds aren‘t good. The main character, a Nigerian, keeps doing what bothers me the most, referring pejoratively about people like me, a black American woman, while she is attending Princeton. Another thing makes me not like her, I‘ll see about THAT soon.

dylanisreading The author is also a TERF. 11mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads I‘m definitely going to have to put it down @dylanisreading ! Awful! You see there. I had my suspicions about her. Not my kinda person. 11mo
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Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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This second volume of “In Search of Lost Time” was amazing in too many ways for me to share briefly. In general, I have never experienced reading a book in which I had to sit and ponder about almost every page. The narrator ruminates about issues which we definitely know occur but seldom talk about out loud. He got too wordy towards the end but, for me, this book is excellent.

BarbaraBB Wonderful review 11mo
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Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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This is Volume II of “In Search of Lost Time” and I can‘t even deal with the fact that this story will end. In the midst of the story line, on each page, Proust shares a profound thought that blows my mind. I wait in anticipation as I am reading. This is among one of the best reading experiences that I have had.

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I am determined to read/reread all of her journals. In my opinion, she excels in putting into words thoughts and feelings that are difficult to eloquently express. It is interesting, though, how like, Virginia Woolf, this process is so emotionally painful for her and she does not recognize her genius. Overall, I love having the chance to become intimate, through reading, with someone I will never meet.

Reggie Lovely review. 2y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads So amazing that the very time I get back on Litsy after a year, I was thinking about my need to read a May Sarton journal and that‘s what my last post was about 13mo
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Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
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Well, I ended the year with this, an appropriate title, although I changed in a totally opposite sense. I loved this book from the standpoint of how believable this monstrous change was to Gregor, his family and, to me, as the reader.

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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Bailedbailed

I not sure if this is a pan or a bail because I read almost to the very end and could not bring myself to finish.
I guess I was enjoying his writing style but I did not buy his characterizations and other things. It kept getting worse and worse. Ugh. Off to Goodwill

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Bailedbailed

No. Birds and her religious views were not for ME. I own my bias

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Self-Reliance and Other Essays | Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Finally, at the very end of the year, after bailing several books, I found an author and essayist that I loved. 2022 has to be a better year than this one was, regarding reading and most everything else for me. I love and agree with Emerson‘s perspective and look forward to studying his other works.

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Bailedbailed

I can hardly believe I read 3/4 of this book and had to put it down. I could not tolerate any more of him. I kept thinking he might eventually improve as a person but he continued on and on with his terrible ways. His writing was what kept me going I guess. To me he was the epitome of self-derogatory and generally confused. I guess if one is interested in negative aspects of human nature this book would be enjoyable/

shawnmooney I applaud this bail! 😴🥱😴🥱 2y
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This quote is hilarious given I only believe 30-40% of what he has shared so far. As an old man, he gives detailed accounts about events which occurred in his early childhood to adulthood. I am really enjoying the book though. Written in the first person, it really seems like he is having a private conversation with me.

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This dude seems so inept. But, he wrote a memoir that is deemed a classic and I am enjoying it. I think it‘s about the writing style and not the nature of his life.

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Taking Charge of Adult ADHD | Russell A. Barkley
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Where do I find the books I “Add to Stacks” on Litsy?🤦🏽‍♀️
Seriously, my granddaughter who already loves books may want to know.

BookishMarginalia It‘s the open book icon on your profile. 3y
DrexEdit If you search for a title, on the book‘s info page, you can click on the book stack icon. Then choose the to read open book icon too add that book to your stack. 3y
DrexEdit Or touch the book stack icon on any person‘s post about a book that you want to add to your stack. 3y
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BarbaraBB You have already added many books ‘to read‘ I notice! 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads I knew how to add but not how to find them @DrexEdit @BarbaraBB 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @BookishMarginalia Thanks! You made my day! 🤓 3y
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼💜 3y
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The Gathering | Anne Enright
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Books like this amazing book account for my obsession with reading. It‘s a book about all of the hidden truths in life that we do not want to acknowledge; truths about human nature, the toxicity of relationships, individual emotional struggles, family dysfunction and on and on. She speaks eloquently about these issues up to the very last page. It‘s added to the list of books I will never forget. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Gathering | Anne Enright
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This book called to me off one of my bookshelves. I‘m not even sure why I got it and did know I had it. It is certainly is one of my favorite kind of books to read, about families and their secrets. I get so happy and excited about these finds.

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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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I really wanted to like this book. As a black person, I related to much of his struggle and recognize he was referencing life in the 1940s, but there was so much bothersome about this book for me. I became increasingly frustrated mainly by his naïveté. He did not get who he was until the end of the book and, by then, I really did not care. Then, his answer was to give into his invisibility. Why?

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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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THIS is a book that puts me in mind of Faulkner‘s “Absalom, Absalom”. THIS is the kinda book that I love to read. It‘s unfolding and unfolding and I don‘t want to put it down. Where and how is it going to lead?

DrSabrinaMoldenReads It kept unfolding to the very end of the book. 3y
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As I Lay Dying | William Faulkner
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It‘s good that this was not the first Faulkner that I read. I hated it as much as I loved “Absalom, Absalom”. Hate is a strong word. I guess I was so disappointed. Lots did not work for me. It was so dark on different levels: the theme, the environment of the story, the characters. I did not like the repetitive sentences, probably a meaning I don‘t understand. I kept waiting for the point of it all. I certainly must have missed something.

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As I Lay Dying | William Faulkner
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I seldom read the same author in a row but I was having such a major book hangover after “Absalom,Absalom”. We‘ll see how it goes.

BarbaraBB This one I loved 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads As you shall see, I hated it @BarbaraBB 3y
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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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What an utterly amazing book by certainly a brilliant author. It deals with all aspects of human nature and relationships: love, lust, family issues, rivalry, greed...and on and on. Then, there‘s the characterizations which not only include complex people but also a house, the South and the Civil War era. It reads like an unfolding and once you get to the core, you find the never-ending branches that remain with you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Fab review. I will read the book! 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads It‘s not for everyone I know @BarbaraBB 3y
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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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There are some things which happen to us which the intelligence and the senses refuse...occurrences that stop us dead...like a sheet of glass through which we watch all subsequent events...

(I surprisingly required a hip replacement)

Tamra Ahhhhh Faulkner. I need a reread phase because I‘d get a lot more out of his writing now than in my early 20s. 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @tamra This is my first Faulkner. I‘m excited now about reading his other books 3y
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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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Just like with Virginia Woolf, halfway through, I figured out Faulkner‘s language. Wow, what an amazing book including the writing, characterization and story. It can be understood once you realize that he goes on a tangent until he gets back to the main point of the sentence. (Haha, my husband does that; maybe why I‘m familiar.) It‘s written from different perspectives so it did not matter that I skipped ahead.

KathyWheeler I loved this book. Honestly, the way I speak is probably very similar to how he writes— with the tangent thing — so I didn‘t have a problem understanding the book. 😄 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @KathyWheeler Haha...like I said... just like my husband. Me: what were you talking about in the beginning? 😆🤦🏽‍♀️ (edited) 3y
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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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I just couldn‘t help myself! I skipped ahead to the end of the book. It was kinda worth it. Now I‘m going back to my original place. Although the writing is beautiful and the story is so compelling, Faulkner was getting too long-winded.

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I can‘t get enough of her. I‘ll read this some along with Faulkner.

SamAnne I‘m thinking of reading and rereading all her works starting from first to last. I love her. 3y
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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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I am truly surprised at how much I am enjoying this book. Looks like there‘s more Faulkner in my reading future. His writing style is like Virginia Woolf‘s. You stop and say: Whoa! Did he just say all of that? 🤓

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So ends my reading of Virginia‘s diaries. It seemed that all throughout this personal account of her last four years, she hinted at plans of eventually ending her own life. She shared more about her feelings than in her previous couple of volumes but much about her has surely been left out. She has intrigued me to learn more so next will be her letters. She was an amazingly complicated woman who captured my heart.

BarbaraBB Wonderful review of a special woman and a sad ending. 3y
SamAnne I‘m a huge Woolf Fan and am thinking of doing a reread of her classics I‘ve read and her others. I‘ve only read the first volume 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads @SamAnne You will love the diaries because she shares her thinking regarding her novels. One of the saddest things is her view of herself as a poor writer. Writing to her was mainly a coping skill. She felt she had to write and read to live. 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads For example @SamAnne “To the Lighthouse” was much about her actual family. 3y
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Well, I‘m finally ready to read Virginia‘s last diary. I know I‘m going to get emotional about the tragic ending. Being a psychologist, I keep wishing that someone could have helped her with her depression although she chose not to get the help that was available to her even back then. She was such a tremendously gifted woman who never recognized her value, which we profit from now.

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Generally, this is a expression of man‘s struggle with the sudden death of his beloved wife. I love the way he was able to aptly interweave sharing tales about his present life, their individual lives prior to marriage, and their married lives. It did become boring and redundant towards the end as if he could not figure out the best way to end the book which is telling given that it is a book about endings.

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This is THE book for true Mariah Carey fans. I‘ve loved her for many years but even more now. She explained the meaning behind her songs which she composed the music for, wrote the lyrics and perfectly sang. She is mostly definitely a prodigy. But also she shared a heartfelt story of her life. Most anyone can relate to some aspect to her journey. I surely could

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey | Thornton Wilder
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I have been thinking about how to rate this book a couple of days. I decided that what I mostly liked about it was the concept, describing the lives of the 5 people who fell off the bridge. Other than that, I did not particularly like the people (not wishing them to die) and did not feel that there was any closure. I‘ll leave it at that. Blah ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I absolutely love Mariah as much as I love reading and books. Yet, even I, am amazed at how good this book is. I probably could stay up all night reading it to the end...

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I think it‘s a book worth reading. However, I‘m not a big fan. In my view, it‘s basically a story about how growing up in a toxic family can negatively affect the children‘s whole lives, providing the differing life stories of the siblings. It‘s a well-written, heart-wrenching account of emotional pain that was not enjoyable and offered me nothing new. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I thought I would try to read a novel again and then it took a turn that I couldn‘t handle so back to my spiritual book which I love. After a lifetime of reading just about anything, I do not have a full understanding of what this means.

MicheleinPhilly I think we‘re a bit battle scarred and weary this year. I know I‘ve been shying away from anything that feels too serious or heavy right now. We all need to heal from the stress. 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads Yes. This is a book I plan to finish though. I had to put it down for awhile. It‘s a honest depiction of human nature which we don‘t want to acknowledge or think about, especially right now, is true @MicheleinPhilly 3y
MicheleinPhilly You‘ll get back to it eventually. We all will in good time. Be well and stay safe. ❤️ 3y
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Bailedbailed

I know. I know. You‘ve heard it all before. I really wanted to like this book and I think I may have missed some interesting things. But, it kept getting more and more far-fetched for me in many ways especially about relationships. Maybe one day. But I doubt it. It‘s too long of a book for me to give my time when I could be reading other books.

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I love Virginia!

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I loved this book.It was life-changing, given the enormity of new information I learned about centuries-old Christian spiritual practices. All those years teaching and going to Sunday School and I knew about none of this, including ways to get closer to God. I am thankful I have been led here, that the keys to spiritual awakening are shared in such books and for their special part in my own transformation. Phileena is now a friend.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nute Love that title! 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads Such a great book! @nute 3y
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I feel like this big old book set in 12th Century England reached out and grabbed me. I took it off my bookshelf, opened it up, started to read, and its history. This got me thinking about why I don‘t particularly like modern fiction. I want full distraction when I am reading and thinking about what I‘m reading which means total immersion in a different world. At the same time, I need to be learning something new.

Caroline2 I couldn‘t agree more. You have perfectly summed up why I like historical fiction too. 😀 3y
DrSabrinaMoldenReads Glad to know I‘m not all alone @Caroline2 3y
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I‘m in a spiritual awakening. It all started with a book which I feel was God-chosen, and that is continuing to happen. This book was very special to me. It was a gift, a message that I am on the right track in the direction of my growth. It was an informative study of Job, my favorite. It gave me a new perspective of God and this mystery. Be open to change to find your True Self. Maybe, find that book you need.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I rated this book a “Pick” mainly because of his helpfulness in greater understanding of the Types. However, much of his analysis was hard for me to comprehend, over the top with terms and concepts which were not useful. Although I personally believe in the value of prayer, he seemed to present it as the primary, if not the only, tool for spiritual development. There are much more.⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Truly, something mystical occurs in my book selections. When I am dealing with life questions or issues, I magically choose and/or find exactly what I need to read. Rohr amazingly explained,in better words than I ever could,my current life phase and my views on it. Also, it was inspirational at this time that I am working on spiritual growth. “Pain is part of the deal”...and for that I need “naked faith”. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️