Thursday, May 21, 2009

4:46 am.

my good nights have slowly transformed into good mornings. 

these past couple of days have provided me with lots of smiles. 

i really like peanut butter. and trips to Barnes and Noble. scouring the Green Day featured magazine covers and the Christian Inspirational section with Holden always proves itself comical.

Well, today i bought The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. in fact, i wanted to share a bit of what i've been reading. i find it fascinating and a necessary read for any Christian. 

first, i'll read the back:
{C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwod, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.}

my favorite bit thus far: 

[In civilized life domestic hatred usually expresses itself by saying things which would appear quite harmless on paper (the words are not offensive) but in such a voice, or at such a moment, that they are not far short of a blow in the face. To keep this game up you and Glubose must see to it that each of these two fools have a sort of double standard. Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all his mother's utterances with the fullest and most over-sensitive interpretation of the tone and the context of the suspected intention. She must be encouraged to do the same to him. Hence from every quarrel they can both go away convinced, or very nearly convinced, that they are quite innocent. You know the kind of thing: "I simply ask her what time dinner will be and she flies into a temper." Once this habit is well established you have the delightful situation of a human saying things with the express purpose of offending and yet having a grievance when offense is taken.]

take the time to read it. it will provide clarity. and make your night. and by that i mean.. morning. 

goodnight/morning, friends.


Harold said...

You've an excellent little blog going here, Elle. And that's an excellent book choice! I was thinking just a few days ago that I should re-read it, in fact. If you like Lewis you should try G.K. Chesterton. I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you're up to it, a good start would be his "Orthodoxy", and then either "The Everlasting Man" or "Heretics". Anyway, peace to you!

Elle said...

Harold! Yes, I've heard great great great things of G.K. Chesterton's "Orthodoxy". Thanks for reading! Hope all is well.