Saturday, 29 October 2011

crazy Davy

I should have a blog called "strange things in the Bible", where I could just write about the hilarious and weird things I read about every day. Because I think they are fantastic.

Today's reading is found in I Samuel 21:13

"So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard."

Yeah, David would have made a great spy, right? He knew a thing or two about improvising to preserve one's life. I know it's pretty serious, but it cracks me up every time. Sorry, Dave.

Friday, 28 October 2011

you smell like Jesus!

2 Corinthians 2:14-16

14. "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16. To the one, we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life."

I just love it. I think I could write a little bit every day about the crazy things I read in the Bible. Sometimes Paul is random. David was always a little nuts (I should post about that, too, actually), Jesus was strange, God is hilarious ( it's true!!), and even though I've read the Bible several times, different things have different meanings at different times of life. So I can always get something out of it. Even if today's lesson was simply that Jesus has a smell and therefore Christians have a smell. Which isn't necessarily literal (too bad!), but it's still something. (Something hilarious!) We're supposed to leave an impression where we go, with what we did or said.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

more summer reading....

I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason
by Susan Kandel

This is the first of a wonderful series! I saw the 5th one at the library, and it caught my attention (it was called Dial H for Hitchcock!). So, in great expectation, I found the other 4 were at my library, and promptly read them, hating to go out of order. As a lover of murder and mystery, detectives and detecting, justice and mercy-- these books are right up my alley. I wish I'd written them, to be honest. They are sensational!

Cece Caruso writes biographies of deceased mystery writers, and while doing research on the creator of Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner, she comes across a letter, written to Gardner by a prison inmate, asking for help. He'd been accused of his wife's murder and sentenced to life in prison, but he claims not to have killed her. Cece wonders why Gardner never took the case, and starts digging into the mystery. She finds that the inmate is still alive, and visits him, then follows a series of leads to figure out exactly what happened to this man's wife so many years ago.

It's written in the first person, which is my favorite type of book; I believe they are the easiest to read. Cece's attitude and thoughts are frequently hilarious. I love it when I'm reading a book and I actually laugh out loud. And these books are definitely that kind.

#2 Not a Girl Detective (researching the writers of the Nancy Drew books)
#3 Shamus in the Green Room (researching Dashiell Hammet, creator of Sam Spade)
#4 Christietown (Agatha Christie, of course!)
#5 Dial H for Hitchcock (Hitch!)

I loved them. But then, I have a strange taste in books and movies....