Readings and Ramblings Podcast

Janice Gentles-Jones and Shanna Vera

Readings and Ramblings

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34. Anna Karenina, Part VIII
13-06-2022
34. Anna Karenina, Part VIII
Listen to Shanna and Janice as they discuss the books they’re reading and the final part of Anna Karenina. It’s been an exciting book. Learn how this story ends and the wrap-up conversation and ramblings of the two hosts.Commonplace Quote3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. ~ Psalm 37:3-6We all want truth, that truth that which Jesus promise would make us free. But where do we find it? How could it have happended that even in the church, story has been lost as a vehicle of truth? Early in our corruption we are taught that fiction is not true. Too many people apologize when they are caught enjoying a book of fiction; they are afrad that it will be considered a waste of time and that they ought to be reading a biography or a book of information on how to pot plants. Is Jane Eyre not true? Did Conrad, turning to the writing of fiction in his sixties, not search for truth? Was Melville, writing about the sea and the the great conflict between man and whale, not delving for a deeper truth than we can find in any number of how-to books?And Shakespeare and all the other dramatists before and after him! Are they not revealers of truth? ~ Madeleine L’EngleBooks MentionedLearning to Love the Psalm, Ligonier MinistriesWalking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art, Madeliene L’EngleWrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’EngleThanks for listening to Readings and Ramblings! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support our work. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit readingsandramblings.substack.com
32. Anna Karenina, Part VI
26-05-2022
32. Anna Karenina, Part VI
Listen to Shanna and Janice as they discuss the books they’re reading and Part VI of Anna Karenina.Commonplace QuotesI saw a young mother With eyes full of laughter And two little shadows Came following after. Wherever she moved, They were always right there Holding onto her skirts, Hanging onto her chair. Before her, behind her - An adhesive pair. 'Don't you ever get weary As, day after day, your two little tagalongs Get in your way? ' She smiled as she shook Her pretty young head, And I'll always remember The words that she said. 'It's good to have shadows That run when you run, That laugh when you're happy And hum when you hum - For you only have shadows When your life's filled with sun. ~ AnonymousBut perhaps he was happiest, in reflection, about the other waiting, the times when the temptation to have it all had been nearly unbearable, but they had drawn back, obeying God’s wisdom for their lives. The drawing back had shaken him, yes, and shaken her, for their love had exposed their desire in a way they;d never known before. Yes, His grace had made them able to wait, to concentrate on the approaching feast instead of the present hunger.Books MentionedA Common Life, Jan KaronThanks for listening to Readings & Ramblings! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support our work.This post is public so feel free to share it. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit readingsandramblings.substack.com
28: Anna Karenina, Part II and III
27-04-2022
28: Anna Karenina, Part II and III
Join Janice and Shanna as they finish their discussions of Part II and begin to explore Part III of the novel Anna Karenina.Commonplace QuotesAt that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate.“Who’s done it?” cried Susan. “What does it mean? Is it more magic?” “Yes!” said a great voice behind their backs. “It is more magic.” They looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.“Oh, Aslan!” cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they were glad.“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer. “It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeFolk-lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming. The problem of the fairy tale is—what will a healthy man do with a fantastic world? The problem of the modern novel is—what will a madman do with a dull world? In the fairy tales the cosmos goes mad; but the hero does not go mad. In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness and cruel sanity of the cosmos.G.K Chesterton, Tremendous TriflesBooks MentionedThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. LewisTremendous Trifles, G.K. ChestertonThanks for listening to Readings & Ramblings! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support our work. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit readingsandramblings.substack.com
27. Anna Karenina, Part II
21-04-2022
27. Anna Karenina, Part II
Join Shanna and Janice in conversation and laughter as they discuss books they’re reading and delve into Anna Karenina, Part II.Commonplace QuotesWe know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!~ Romans 7:14-25Perceiving the pathway to truth,Was struck with astonishment.It was thickly grown with weeds.“Ha,” he said,“I see that none has passed hereIn a long time.”Later he saw that each weedWas a singular knife.“Well,” he mumbled at last,“Doubtless there are other roads.”~ Stephen Crane, The Wayfarer This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit readingsandramblings.substack.com
21. North and South, Part II
01-12-2021
21. North and South, Part II
Join Shanna and Janice in conversation and laughter as they discuss the books they’re reading, Cain and Abel, and continue their discussion of Elizabeth Gaskell’s, North and South.Commonplace QuoteIn this way, they try to put themselves above all authority but their own. They do not want anybody telling them what to do and they do not want any rules telling them what to do. The problem with this, of course, is that you should never trust people who have strong views of authority when talking about people under them, but have very weak views of authority when talking about people over them. Whenever you encounter someone like that, you need to run in the other direction as fast and as far as you can—that person is going to abuse any authority they can get.~ Douglas WilsonTHERE was once a little princess who— "But, Mr. Author, why do you always write about princesses?" "Because every little girl is a princess." "You will make them vain if you tell them that." "Not if they understand what I mean." "Then what do you mean?" "What do you mean by a princess?""The daughter of a king." "Very well, then every little girl is a princess, and there would be no need to say anything about it, except that she is always in danger of forgetting her rank, and behaving as if she had grown out of the mud. I have seen little princesses behave like the children of thieves and lying beggars, and that is why they need, to be told they are princesses. And that is why, when I tell a story of this kind, I like to tell it about a princess. Then I can say better what I mean, because I can then give her every beautiful thing I want her to have." "Please go on."~ George MacDonaldBooks MentionedWhat I Learned in Narnia, Douglas WilsonNorth and South, Elizabeth GaskellThe Magician’s Nephew, C. S. LewisThe Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonaldThe BibleThanks for listening to Readings & Ramblings! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support our work. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit readingsandramblings.substack.com
18. Mansfield Park, Part V
27-10-2021
18. Mansfield Park, Part V
Join Shanna and Janice in conversation and laughter as they discuss the books they’re reading, rescue stories in the Bible, and continue their discussion of Mansfield Park.Commonplace QuotesFeelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God – Naught else is worth believing. Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken. I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word ‘Til soul and body sever, For, though all things shall pass away, His Word shall stand forever! ~ Martin Luther There’s one thing you may be sure of, Pip,” said Joe, after some rumination, “namely, that lies is lies. However they come, they didn’t ought to come, and they come from the father of lies, and work round to the same. Don’t you tell no more of ‘em, Pip. That ain’t the way to get out of being common, old chap.”Lookee here, Pip, at what is said to you by a true friend. Which this to you the true friend say. If you can’t get to be oncommon through going straight, you’ll never get to do it through going crooked. So don’t tell no more on ‘em, Pip, and live well and die happy.”~ Charles DickensBooks MentionedWives and Daughters, Elizabeth GaskellThe BibleThanks for listening to Readings & Ramblings! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support our work. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit readingsandramblings.substack.com