Thomas Watson on Loving God

Reading Watson's The Godly Man's Picture has been a powerful and painful read. The bulk of the book is spent describing the various characteristics of being godly. One such characteristic is that the godly man is "fired with love to God." In the quotation below, Watson presses this trait home, forcing us to consider whether we truly …

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N. D. Wilson on the Difficulty of Life

I'm reading through Death by Living by N. D. Wilson for the second time. It's a powerful book that everyone should read. While it's difficult to share any passage as my favorite since Wilson weaves the parts together into a greater whole, the section below never fails to bring a tear to my eyes. May …

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The Wonder of Reading

While reading through Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death again as I teach on media literacy, I was struck by his description of what is required of an individual in order to read a book. The entire book is worth reading, as it compares a print-based culture to a television-centered one, but the following selection, …

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Unrestrained Moderation

In Book Four section 26 of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, he states: You've seen that. Now look at this. Don't be disturbed. Uncomplicate yourself. Someone has done wrong... to himself. Something happens to you. Good. It was meant for you by nature, woven into the pattern from the beginning. Life is short. That's all there is …

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