5 stars I loved this Children's Bible. I read it to my boys this past year and found it engaging and well-written. It reads like a really good story and it makes an excellent daily devotional. The illustrations by John Haysom provide great images to support the text. We will read this again for sure. Of all the Children's Bibles I have seen out there this one is at the top of the list.
So, I was walking through the grocery store on Monday and I realized I often buy the same old thing when I decided I would begin a new resolution - at least one new food or recipe a week. As a way to keep me somewhat accountable I figured I would post the outcome and invite others into the variety...
This week it happened to come through the delightful fresh figs I saw on display at Whole Foods and I must say they were even more delightful to eat...
INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 6 fresh figs, stemmed and quartered 1 (14 ounce) round 4 1/4-inch diameter round Brie cheese 1/2 cup toasted almonds 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C).
2. Heat brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add figs and vanilla, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds. Place brie wheel in a baking dish, and pour fig mixture over the top.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened but not melted. Serve with water crackers.
COMMENTS I doubled the mixture for an even more dessert-like recipe. It turned out really well but I found that 12 minutes in the oven was a bit long as the brie became too runny. This dish would work well as an appetizer or dessert.
"What notion should we have of the unchanging and unchangeable, without the solidity of matter?...How should we imagine what we may of God without the firmament over our heads, a visible sphere, yet a formless infinitude? What idea could we have of God without the sky?"
"I ask you neither for health nor for sickness, for life nor for death; but that you may dispose of my health and my sickness, my life and my death, for your glory ... You alone know what is expedient for me; you are the sovereign master, do with me according to your will. Give to me, or take away from me, only conform my will to yours. I know but one thing, Lord, that it is good to follow you, and bad to offend you. Apart from that, I know not what is good or bad in anything. I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty, nor anything else in the world. That discernment is beyond the power of men or angels, and is hidden among the secrets of your providence, which I adore, but do not seek to fathom."
4 stars Gardner takes one of the greatest poetic myths (Beowulf) and offers a modern retelling through the first person account of the antagonist, Grendel the dragon. On one level the novel is an exploration of good and evil and I came away with a reminder how vile and dissenting evil can be. Grendel is wicked and yet as Gardner constructs the inner workings of the beast and lets us into his mind, the reader is able to see the complexity of our own nature and what does or does not drive us.
Knowing the epic poem Beowulf will be an added benefit to this read and is highly recommended. Besides, literature that has hung around for 1000 years has stood the test of time. I thoroughly enjoyed this translation.
"You have just dined and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity." ~ Emerson
If the old adage is true, that we are what we eat, this is a very harrowing read. This is an important book; a thoughtful and engaging exploration of what and how we eat. I suppose there should be a surgeon general's warning on the cover - consumption of this book could lead to heartburn and indigestion and will certainly heighten responsibility.
It is a dangerous thing to ask certain questions. It is even more dangerous to seek answers to those questions—for they make one responsible with regard to what is found. And for those who read about the questions being asked and the discoveries made, they too become responsible. Pollen explores in great detail many of the factors contributing to our dilemma such as: the monocultures that now reign king over bio-diversity, the corn that feeds animals who have no right eating it, the chemicals to correct what we have caused; thereby bypassing nature’s way, the philosophies that are led by wallets and not by what is good…
Having engaged Pollan’s book over the last couple of weeks I wonder, “Now what? What is one suppose to make of his globetrotting and fact-finding?" For starters, I ate a Caesar chicken salad for lunch today and thought about the corn-fed chicken I was eating. Unfortunately this took place at Costco of all places! How does one live in suburbia knowing what I now know? With his ethnographic style, Pollan has invited me into the complexity of food and thus into the very center of the omnivore’s dilemma. And this dilemma extends well beyond food, for this dilemma of choice and what to consume, and how, is at the core of our human identity. After reading his explorations I am not sure how much I like who I see when I look in the mirror. To state it simply, we are comfortable in our ignorance and I don’t think it is putting it to strongly to suggest that it is killing us—or at least killing a whole lot of animals and destroying a whole lot of land; which in turn has a direct effect on us. One might say we have attempted to re-create the created order of things and that is always a dangerous alchemy.
"It seems that we all have to face one sad thing after another. But let us not forget the hope our faith gives us. God is our strength and no amount of trouble should make us fail to realize it. On the contrary, trouble should help us deepen and confirm our trust. This is an old story, but as far as I am concerned, it is the one we always get back to. There is no other."
from a letter to Tommie O'Callaghan upon the death of his mother - June 28, 1968