Monday, July 27, 2009

Late Blooming Education

10:31 PM
I've recently discovered that I am not well read. Which is odd, because I LOVE to read. So I've decided to change that. Starting with a few of the classics. Here's my reading list, and I may have got a bit ambitious.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Emma by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Ulysses by James Joyce
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Lookingglass by Lewis Carroll
Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
Oliver Twist by David Copperfield
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Confessions by St. Augustine
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Sherlock Holmes by Athur Conan Doyle
Faust by Goethe
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by R. L. Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1984 by George Orwell
The Prince by Machiavelli
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Brave New World by Aldus Huxley
Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I'm quite excited, but ask me in a year how this list is coming!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

30 days and counting

9:43 PM

So far my summer has consisted of STD statistics, pantomimes, skits about sex, inflatable tobacco fact balls, and teenagers. Needless to say, my brain has been a little scattered. But today I looked at the calendar and realized that exactly one month from today I will begin my 3-day travel to Cambodia.

One month. 30 days. Wow, that got here fast! I'm definitely still in the planning phase. I have thought like I still need to get my e-visa and find out about immunizations and how much money should I bring and do I just exchange it there....and not to mention looming decision of whether to move there for a ministry opportunity or not.

But I took some time tonight to grab my new journal I'm starting for this adventure, and just wrote about where I am at right now. Spiritually, mentally, emotionally and how I need God just to show up in a big way through this trip. Here's the verse He gave me tonight that has been a favorite of mine for awhile. "There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." Philippians 1:6 (MSG).

I know God began something in me awhile back, and I know He is not done with me yet. For that I am quite glad. Cambodia is just my next destination is this crazy ride of life with an unpredictable Savior.