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Thursday 14 July, 02005

Half-hearted blog meme

by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:49 am

cos Aaron sort of asked, here are the books are scattered around my bed:

The Post-Evangelical, Dave Tomlinson (lent by Cam H)
What is a Family?, Edith Schaeffer (given by David H)
Grigorii Rasputin, Alex de Jonge (stolen from Dad)
The Lunchtime Runner Vols I & II, by Cam Hockly (bought from Cam at LR2’s launch last Saturday night)
An NIV & an NASB NT & Psalms
Soul Shaper, Tony Jones (from the chaplaincy library)
The NZ Prayer Book (lent by the chaplain)

O and in the lounge from memory there’s:
The Act of Thinking by Derek Melser
What Saint Paul Really Said by NT Wright
an unpublished handwritten manuscript of a novel about suicide
Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Ooooo….!!!! by Hone Tuwhare
Penguin History of NZ by Michael King.

There are others but they’re slipping away.

um Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (in fact I better read that again ASAP, dig this quote from last year) and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig really blew my mind. So did Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. EF Schumacher good. Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy make me want to get up in the morning. Wendell Berry is changing me. They all change me. I’m climbing Schild’s ladder, I suppose.

I own maybe 100 books. I’d like to get rid of the stupid ones and get all the good ones in circulation; they’re pointless on (my (rented)) shelves.

I was thinking babies probably start off thinking in emotions (like the bear in That Hideous Strength), then later in poetry, and then when they start to speak, prose.

Tony Robbins says happiness comes from within. You set your own parameters for happiness. Like you might have decided, “I will allow myself to be happy if I succeed in this business venture” and then the condition is met (or not) and you’re happy (or not). So once you realise that, he says, you can change the conditions, and access the boundless resource of happiness which is your birthright. I’m happy now because it’s my 9,342nd day alive. And that’s fuckn amazing! Ha!

O yeah, and Richard and I are going to Fat Freddys Drop Friday the 22nd and we’d love you to come along too.

6 Responses to “Half-hearted blog meme”

  1. Aaron says:

    actually the bits I’m really interested in are the books that have influenced you the most.

  2. Tim says:

    Watch your language please Matt.

  3. Sambo says:

    Grigorii Rasputin, Alex de Jonge << GOOD

    The LH Clan and I will be at the drop. WITH THE BELLS. LL. FRENCH CONNECTION.REP REP REPREPREPREPREPREPREP

  4. Sambo says:

    Um… The rest of that comment should of gone something like IS A GOOD BOOK. Then; LH Clan and I will be there. WITH BELLS. ROCK. LL. FRENCH CONNECTION. REPREPREPREPREPREPREPREPREPREPREPREP etc etc, omgwthfbbq happened.

  5. Nice books – how do you like the Mars series? I was introduced to it by a fellow student at Regent College in Vancouver, a few years ago – a kind of hippy pentecostal in her 40s who subsequently turned into a Catholic scholar of Septuagint Greek in her 50s.

  6. jono says:

    Tony Robbins, like most people in this world, just speaks glorified common sense.

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