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Athanasius Press has announced a pre-publication sale on its next two books and it’s a one of those things you don’t want to miss.

The first book is another installment of the “Through New Eyes” Commentary series, Peter Leithart’s study of the Epistles of John titled From Behind the Veil. Go here to order.

The second is a new edition of Jim Jordan’s Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future. Order it here.

Can’t beat this, can you? Two great books for the price of two movie tickets. Buy now, go to the movie next week.

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Novels of 09 (so far)

Just to keep track, here are some of the novels I’ve been able to read so far in 2009 (ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. Powerful story of an Orthodox Jewish artist and the struggles he has living within the Hasidic community and exercising his gift. [5 stars] Outstanding.

Dandelion Fire by Nate Wilson. The second of Nate’s entertaining 100 Cupboards trilogy. Lots of fun and I think better than the first volume. [4 stars]

Three Days to Never by Tim Powers. Wild, strange. Tim Powers. [3 stars]

All the Bells on Earth by James Blaylock. Great, creepy story. [4 stars]

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller. Interesting and captivating but I’m not sure I got the point. This is the sort of book that needs to be read and discussed with a circle of friends. [3 stars]

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The story of Christianity coming to the Igbo tribe in NIgeria. Stunning and tragic. [4 stars]

The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers. This is the first of The Wilderking Trilogy. This is a re-telling of the story of David, set in an imaginary country that looks and smells like north Florida or south Georgia. It was surprisingly good and perfect to read aloud to young boys. I’m looking forward to reading the other two volumes [3 stars]

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I have never, ever read a novel that was so full of breath-taking violence. I know I’m slow, but I just don’t get Cormac McCarthy (except for No Country for Old Men). Sorry. [2 stars]

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Today is Jane Austen’s birthday. Though her books have become “classics” worldwide, like many other great writers, her works were mostly ignored when they were originally published. Her renown came around fifty years after her death when her nephew wrote a memoir of his aunt (A Memoir of Jane Austen) which was published in 1869. This led to the republishing of her novels and the the “Jane-mania” which became known as “Janeolatry.”

If you are like so many and have avoided reading Jane (mostly because of your eleventh grade English class) go ahead and pick her up. She’s not Flannery O’Connor . . . but she’s still really good.

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We just received another outstanding Athanasius Press publication . . . and it’s just in time for Christmas!

You really do need to stock up on a whole bunch of these for your loved ones. I mean, how many others are going to be giving away the “key” to the book of Revelation for Christmas? huh? It’s perfect for friends and family. Get a bunch of them now. You can order it from Athanasius Press ratchere.

and speaking of good deals, Auburn Avenue Media has just slashed prices for all CD sets and MP3 (on CD) sets. Go here and here and check em out.

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Catching up

Been on vacation and traveling the last couple of weeks and was able to get a little reading done (and I know *everybody* has read these already . . . probably years ago, but, as usual, I’m trying to catch up). It’s been interesting and fun. Here are some of the titles:

Blink and Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

and on pop culture icons and what we can learn from them, Everyday Apocalypse by David Dark.

Also finished James Blaylock’s All the Bells on Earth.

And speaking of novels, I finally got around to reading Susan Howatch’s amazing Starbridge trilogy (Glittering Images, Glamorous Powers, and Ultimate Prizes) and I’m ready to start on the last three in the series.

so, whachoo bin readin?

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from The Writer’s Almanac:

It was on this day in 1936 that the novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was first published. When she handed the manuscript over to editors, it was in terrible shape, with more than 1,000 pages of faded and dog-eared paper, poorly typed and with penciled changes. But they loved the story. They asked Mitchell to change the original title, “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” because at the time there were already 13 books in print with the word “tomorrow” in the title. They also asked her to change the main character’s name from Pansy to Scarlett.Mitchell later said, “I just couldn’t believe that a Northern publisher would accept a novel about the War Between the States from the Southern point of view.” But Gone with the Wind broke all publication records. It sold 50,000 copies sold in one day, a million copies in six months, and 2 million by the end of the year. The sales of the book were even more impressive because it was in the middle of the Great Depression. The hardcover of the novel cost $3 a copy, which was fairly expensive at the time. Its sales injected millions of dollars into the publishing industry. The year it came out, employees at the Macmillan publishing company received Christmas bonuses for the first time in nearly a decade.

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