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morefaithrequired

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8th grade English hence the creation of this thread. Haha. 🤓
in 8th grade I read Shane
and I remember the teacher (a nun ) pointing out the unspoken love/ attraction between Shane and the farmers wife.
 

morefaithrequired

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Awesome. I’ll add it to my list. I teach TKAMB, and I really enjoy it. Great Expectations is another one of my favorites.
Great Expectations is a classic. Loved reading that as an adult. Not as a teenager. 😁
 
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Jenny23

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I'm so happy to see all this Dostoevsky love in here. He is one of my top 10 favorite writers. Never read The House of the Dead and Poor Folk though. You'll have to tell us how it is.

Right now I'm reading Stalin: Paradoxes of Power by Stephen Kotkin. It's the first of a three volume biography on him. Really good.

I'm also reading the Hobbit again on those nights where I need a break from political intrigue and mass murder.
I find the Russian Revolution fascinating. I taught The Hobbit for the first time this year. So much fun!
 

morefaithrequired

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I remember being forced to read long boring British classics in High school. one was Thomas Hardys The Return of the Native. Another one by George Elliot. Dealy dull.
 
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Jenny23

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I remember being forced to read long boring British classics in High school. one was Thomas Hardys The Return of the Native. Another one by George Elliot. Dealy dull.
Ugh. I can imagine. I try to provide a mix of contemporary and classics. I also do a lot of interactive lessons with the books because let’s face it people-8th graders don’t care. Haha.
 
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EliBeth

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I am reading a biography that a dear, dear friend of mine loaned me before she left for Heaven. 💗 "Bill Wallace of China" is the name, written by Jesse C. Fletcher. Although, I have "been reading" it for several months. I can't bring myself to rush through it and have it come to an end...kind of silly I guess. It's a good one and it's the one thing I have of my friend's. (My by-far-favorite genre is stalwart Christian biographies. I first adopted this affection while using Christian homeschool curriculum.)
Also, idk if devotionals count, but I am reading a phenomenal one! The title is Extreme Devotion and the organization The Voice of the Martyrs put it out. Talk about inspiration! Wow. (PS!! Tomorrow is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church!)

I remember really liking Oliver Twist by Dickens (@morefaithrequired), but that was several years ago. I remember almost nothing of it now. Lol. I pretty much stick to religious literature these days.

Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boom was amazing. Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliott was a good one, though I found it sort of hard reading at the time.
 
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Jenny23

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I am reading a biography that a dear, dear friend of mine loaned me before she left for Heaven. 💗 "Bill Wallace of China" is the name, written by Jesse C. Fletcher. Although, I have "been reading" it for several months. I can't bring myself to rush through it and have it come to an end...kind of silly I guess. It's a good one and it's the one thing I have of my friend's. (My by-far-favorite genre is stalwart Christian biographies. I first adopted this affection while using Christian homeschool curriculum.)
Also, idk if devotionals count, but I am reading a phenomenal one! The title is Extreme Devotion and the organization The Voice of the Martyrs put it out. Talk about inspiration! Wow. (PS!! Tomorrow is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church!)

I remember really liking Oliver Twist by Dickens (@morefaithrequired), but that was several years ago. I remember almost nothing of it now. Lol. I pretty much stick to religious literature these days.

Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boom was amazing. Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliott was a good one, though I found it sort of hard reading at the time.[/QUOTE

Thank you so much for sharing! So glad you have her book to read.

I’ve also taught Extreme Devotion a few years ago when I taught 7th graders because I teach at a Christian school. The devotionals are extremely impactful.
 

Lanolin

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Eden by Tim Smit

Its about creating a huge conservatory for plants in the middle of a clay china pit in Corwall, England. True story.
 
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What are you currently reading? Christian or secular books welcome. 😊

I am currently reading The House of the Dead and Poor Folk by Dostoevsky, the Bible in a year, and Keep Your Love On by Silk.
I just finished reading a book written by Allen S. Nelson IV "Before the Throne". Its one of the best books that speaks of God's glory.

I have also been reading...

God's Glory Alone...part of The Five Solas series
Progressive Dispensationalism..not a dispy, just wanting to learn how this differs from Classical dispensationalism

Yes, I have too many irons in the fire. :)
 

Desdichado

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Hmmm. That's something to think about.

I don't know if I'd characterize even the guise of Communism as practical, especially by the time Stalin assumed power. Maybe more materialist and therefore less mystical by comparison.

Minor quibble there- you're right that Nazism wasn't as systematic.

I believer one reason Stalin killed more people was due to his ideology being under the guise of practicality and economic equality for all citizens while Hitler’s, over time, targeted one specific people group.
 

Desdichado

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Well you'd probably dig the book I'm reading now. Kotkin got access to a lot of new, declassified material. This is probably the third book-length account of the Revolution I've read and it's the best.

A real page-turner too!

And man. There are days I'd like to teach The Hobbit for a living.

I find the Russian Revolution fascinating. I taught The Hobbit for the first time this year. So much fun!
 

Desdichado

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Sounds like a great list for around Reformation Day!

I just finished reading a book written by Allen S. Nelson IV "Before the Throne". Its one of the best books that speaks of God's glory.

I have also been reading...

God's Glory Alone...part of The Five Solas series
Progressive Dispensationalism..not a dispy, just wanting to learn how this differs from Classical dispensationalism

Yes, I have too many irons in the fire. :)
 
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Jenny23

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Hmmm. That's something to think about.

I don't know if I'd characterize even the guise of Communism as practical, especially by the time Stalin assumed power. Maybe more materialist and therefore less mystical by comparison.

Minor quibble there- you're right that Nazism wasn't as systematic.
True. My thought was that uneducated people of the time may have viewed it as more practical than the previous system that Nicholas II was enacting. Maybe appealing is a better word? At least initially.

I’ll add the book you are reading to the list!
 

Desdichado

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I could write a book in response, but I'm going to restrain myself. :ROFL:

Suffice it to say at the early stages, the Bolsheviks didn't have much in the way of a mass appeal. The Marxist believers were mostly better-educated, upper-middle-class people. They knew enough to be dangerous.

The uneducated peasants were largely uninterested in Communism. They liked the idea of the big estates being broken up and given to people who actually work the fields but balked at most other Bolshevik demands. It's much of the reason why there was a brutal Civil War and then farm collectivization under Stalin.

Okay, I'm done. :geek:


True. My thought was that uneducated people of the time may have viewed it as more practical than the previous system that Nicholas II was enacting. Maybe appealing is a better word? At least initially.

I’ll add the book you are reading to the list!
 
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What are you currently reading? Christian or secular books welcome. 😊

I am currently reading The House of the Dead and Poor Folk by Dostoevsky, the Bible in a year, and Keep Your Love On by Silk.
Here's two great books i recommend to everyone:
1) unseen realm
2) reversing Hermon
Both by Michael S Heiser
 

Lynx

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I found some used Erma Bombeck books recently so I've been on a Bombeck kick in reading. "A marriage made in heaven... or too tired to have an affair," "I want to grow hair, I want to grow up, I want to go to Boise" and "Forever Erma."

Though in my opinion none of these books look "used" enough. Either somebody with a really good memory only needed to read them all once, or somebody needed to read them more before selling them.
 
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Jenny23

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I could write a book in response, but I'm going to restrain myself. :ROFL:

Suffice it to say at the early stages, the Bolsheviks didn't have much in the way of a mass appeal. The Marxist believers were mostly better-educated, upper-middle-class people. They knew enough to be dangerous.

The uneducated peasants were largely uninterested in Communism. They liked the idea of the big estates being broken up and given to people who actually work the fields but balked at most other Bolshevik demands. It's much of the reason why there was a brutal Civil War and then farm collectivization under Stalin.

Okay, I'm done. :geek:
Are you sure you’re done...? 😂