Sunday, June 12, 2011

Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley (Water Babies) wrote:
"I am not fond, you know, of going into churches to pray. We must go up into the chase in the evenings, and pray there with nothing but God's cloud temple between us and His heaven! And His choir of small birds and night crickets and booming beetles, and all happy things who praise Him all night long! And in the still summer noon, too, with the lazy-paced clouds above, and the distant sheep-bell, and the bee humming in the beds of thyme, and one bird making the hollies ring a moment, and then all still — hushed — awe-bound, as the great thunderclouds slide up from the far south! Then, there to praise God!"

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

What an interesting choice for your musings, Mary!

I've never read Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies..., though, I think I might like to add it to my list for summer reading. This brings me to ask for your personal advice on reading material of a more sombre subject matter. I hope you don't mind. You have such a vast knowledge of authors and books of varying genres, I was wondering if you would have any recommendations of nonfiction books dealing with terminal illnesses, dying and bereavement. There are many books out there for children and teens, but, I'm looking for some that are appropriate for adults, specifically, caregivers. I've reserved one from our local library: The Hospice Choice: In pursuit of a peaceful death by Marcia Lattanzi-Licht. No one I know has read this book, or other titles I've researched. Anyway, I suppose I will give it a try. I am currently reading a caregiver's 'guide' on living with the terminally ill - but, it is extremely 'medical'. Please don't get me wrong; this book is full of valuable knowledge. But, it is almost 'information overload' for me right now. Anyway, if you could recommend something, I would be very grateful. If you are not able to suggest a title, then, I will go ahead with the one I've just reserved.

On a much lighter note, have you read The Help by Kathryn Stockett? I'm thinking that this book will be next on my list. (By the way, did you read Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts...? On a completely different topic, it was awful to just read about the recent earthquakes in Christchurch. Unbelievable news!)