Tuesday, October 02, 2007

New Doings and Thinkings

Well, here we were all healthy and wise for lunch, eating my homemade hummus with whole grain crackers and cucumbers and red bell pepper for dipping, and what do I go and do this afternoon? I made chocolate cookies. I mean I have a serious fat tooth. No, not a sweet tooth, but a fat tooth. I love butter. It is just so bad, but I do. I so rarely make cookies that my children were utterly gleeful that they would actually get to eat them after I made them. LOL I guess I am not the picture of home baking bliss.  :+)


I am super excited. I just had an email from Maggie Hogan (www.BrightIdeasPress.com) and I am going to be blogging my Mystery of History experience. I have never used this program, but have heard untold positive things about it. I was using The Story of the Ancient World, but it was not covering all the things I wanted it to cover. Its subtitle is "A Revised and Expanded Edition of 'The Story of the Chosen People'" and I did not realize that when I bought it. I was looking for a blended version of Bible history along with ancient history and this is just not it. Sooooo, we will begin again at the beginning with MOH. :+) Yippie!


I have been reading one of the most fascinating books, The Curate of Glaston, by George MacDonald. It is actually three books under one binding. The Curate of Glaston, The Lady's Confession, and The Baron's Apprenticeship. MacDonald is mostly known today for his books for children, The Princess and the Goblin, and the sequel, The Princess and Curdie. This is a whole different animal and a very engaging story. There have been so many quotable portions that I have been hard-pressed to share only the few I will below. I hope you enjoy them. You can expect more to come!

"There are those, like George, who believe men will be happy to learn there is no God. To them I say, preach it then, and prosper in proportion to its truth. No; that from my pen would be a curse. Do not preach it until you have searched all the expanse of the universe, lest what you should consider a truth should turn out to be false and there should be after all somewhere, somehow, a living God, a Truth indeed who has created and governs the universe. You may be convinced there is no God such as this or that in whom men imagine they believe. But you cannot be convinced there is no God."

"I began, but did not that night get even through the first chapter of Matthew. Conscientiously I read every word of the genealogy. But when I came to the twenty-first verse and read, 'Thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins,' I fell on my knees. No system of theology had come between me and a common-sense reading of the book. I did not for a moment imagine that to be saved from my sins meant to be saved from the punishment of them. My sinfulness remained clear to my eyes, and my sins too. I hated them, yet could not free myself from them. They were in me and of me, and how was I to get rid of them? But here was news of one who came to deliver me from that in me which was bad."

"Ah, Mr. Wingfold, what if, after all the discoveries are made, all the theories are set up and pulled down--what if, after all this, the strongest weapon a man can wield is prayer to the one who made him!"

"To tell you all that followed, if I could recall it in order, would take hours. Suffice it to say that from that moment on I became a student, a disciple. Before long there came to me also the two same questions you asked: How do I know there is a God at all? and How am I to konw that such a man as Jesus ever lived? I could answer neither. But in the meantime I was reading the story--was drawn to the Man, and was trying to understand his being, and character, and the principles of his life and action. To sum it all up, not many months had passed before I had forgotten to seek an answer to either question: they were in fact no longer questions. I had seen the man Jesus Christ, and in him had known the Father of him and of me."

"My dear sir, no conviction can be got--or if it could be got, would be of any lasting value--through that dealer in secondhand goods, the intellect. If by it we could prove there is a God, it would be of small avail indeed. We must see him and know him. And I know of no other way of knowing that there is a God but that which reveals what he is--and that way is Jesus Christ as he revealed himself on earth, and as he is revealed afresh to every heart that seeks to know the truth about him."


andijeane said...

As usual, we have similar tastes in books. :-) Michael Phillips edited several George MacDonald novels, and I used to read every one that I could get my hands on. I have all three of the ones you mentioned. Are you reading an original edition? I haven't tried that yet.


UndertheSky said...


The one I am reading is the one edited by Michael Phillips. :+) I think the only MacDonald book I have read that was unedited was At the Back of the North Wind. Have you read that?

I am really enjoying this book!!



Lisa W. said...

Hi Kate!

Wow, those are terrific quotes. I read 'Wee Sir Gibbie' to my boys last year and we enjoyed that title. I have a couple of other MacDonalds that aren't children's books. I see I need to pull those out and read them!

Have a terrific day...

Lisa W.

jess4him said...

I *love* butter too.. and cookies- and anything else that consists of sugar, butter and needs to be baked. The problem is that I not only have a FAT tooth, I also have a SWEET tooth.. good thing for these cleanses I do!!!! :P

CTdittmar said...

Ahhh a fellow McDonald fan, I see! I loved that series. I haven't read a McDonald in a long time, but I think I've read them all. They are indeed so rich in nuggets of wisdom. Ironically McDonald was criticized for that in his writing during his day. But I love his stories all the more for their true to life wisdom and insight. A story that convey's God's truth in a compelling way glorifies Him!

esperanzavallero said...


Conversations with you about special books is one of the things I miss most living down here.

I have not read that series by George McDonald, but do enjoy those I have read, and the numerous quotes by him in the works of C.S. Lewis and John Piper.

We did a wheat free week with Eden and it was helpful, although we have been without a fridge for a week which makes vegetable variety and dairy(two cheap substitutes for wheat foods) difficult to keep on hand.



anewday said...

Now Kate.....I got rid of my MOH book! LOL!

I haven't started Miller's book yet, but was just about to get it pulled together. I have several other supplemental books to use with it. I do have SOTW. Maybe I'll use both books as my spine...think that'll work? :)

Edited by anewday on Oct. 6, 2007 at 10:11 PM

anewday said...


OK....a few months back I noticed the same thing you did on Millers book - all Bible history. I thought it would have Bible along with world history but it didn't look to.

After reading this post, I did some digging and found out a few things. Millers book is a story of ancient history - she revised Guerbers book of The Story of the Chosen People in order to pull those groups in (ie those groups who were mentioned in the Bible or who were affected or affected by the Israelites. Basically, she doesn't touch on China, the Americas etc, so in that sense, the history is not "complete". But I'm realizing it's because her goal was to center history upon the Bible and not just pull together another ancient history text with a smattering of all the cutures. Anyhow, you probably already know this. ;) But as I was trying to connect Millers book to SOTW and perhaps do BOTH, it wasn't going to work. Dates didn't line up, the text of going from one to the other was too choppy and would miss background info (especially skipping through Millers) etc. But as I got deeper into each chapter, I noticed it began to discuss more ancient history beyond what we already know from the OT. So I'm wondering if while you were going through it, it felt like all OT (since it was in the beginning) and didn't look like it would expand beyond that historical record...

I know I'm rambling, but I just wanted to share that I think Millers book will still work great for our history (sighing with relief....lol). Although it is OT heavy, I think the emphasis on ancient history centering on Bible, and especially with our covenantal theology, it will be a great blessing. We'll "miss" some things, but my goal is to try to cover them at some point (she does have supplemental stuff keyed to the chapters that she mentions aren't all covered in her book).

So I'm just using your precious blogspace to ramble all about my new/old plan for history. LOL!!! You don't mind, right? ;)

Anyhow, that all said, I should have kept my MOH as a supplemental book to Ancient. But I'll bug you if I need something. ;) History is one subject I feel really inadequate in and want to be sure I'm not doing it wrong for my kiddos sake, kwim?

We missed seeing you Sunday and hope your family is all doing well.

I should have just emailed you huh? lol