The journal of an American expat in Russia
Books that have had a profound impact on me:Tale of Two Cities... hang on - the end makes it all worth it.Jane Eyre... encouraged me that God rewards those who do what is right.Redeeming Love.... transformed my understanding of what love is.Tenant of Wildfell Hall... challenged my thinking on whether to let children figure things out for themselves vs. protect them from the inevitable evils in life they will face. PHENOMENAL BOOK.these are just a smattering. overall, i infinitely prefer british lit to american. russian lit isn't bad, either (come to think of it).love you!
Books have made me who I am today in many ways. Books set me on my road to missionary service and Russia. I was going to enlist in the Army during the Viet Nam war, but reading a book of true stories of the war convinced me not to do so, later I became contentious objectorI have/am trying to broaden my reading and read books that a few year ago I would not have read.I have read some wonderful books which changed some of my views of Russian Orthodoxy. I recently read a book which challenged my views on creationism. I read a book years ago which cause me to understand that different cultures have differing world views and thinking patterns. That has helped me immensely in living in Russia.I have been reading differing views of orthopraxy within the world-wide Christian church. BTW, I tried to read the DaVinci Code and thought it was poorly written and basically a boring story line. I read The Shack and still don't know what he was saying. I read the Purpose Driven Life and thought "If you have been a believer more than 1 year and you don't know this stuff already, it's time to find another church". I have not read any Harry Potter - not of interest to my, but I wish I received the royalties.
Лиза, ты слишком многого хочешь от книг. Книги не меняют жизнь, они ее воруют :)Конечно, кроме Библии.
Андрей, ну как же так? :) Но мне интересно здесь не только книги, a как наш выбор книг отражает наш характер...Ruth, I have to say that I hated "Redeeming Love"...LOL. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but it was just too melodramatic for me.I do like British literature as well. I had a Dickens phase a few years ago.Michael, I do like reading missionary biographies. Russian Orthodoxy would be highly relevant, of course... although, I often find that personal relationships reveal far more than the statistics or media.
I like to read true to life stories, fiction, biographies--yes, I think I have been affected by them and sometimes challenged to grow. I also don't want to read the books you mentioned that you don't want to read--for probably the same reasons. I find that I need/want to guard what goes into my mind--I think it's important for me.
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