I like to read more than one book at a time. Here I have a devotional book (top), a self-help book (far left), a novel (middle), and an inspirational/”religious” book.

Currently I am reading daily from

This book is especially for women, is spiritual in nature without having a lot of Bible verses (I have another devotional book for that that I read daily.), and I often find myself copying its passages into my Quotes Notebook.

The Gifts of Perfection by Brene Brown has a whole section in my everyday journal/notebook that I am copying parts I want to read again and again in. I am enjoying The Ninth Hour a great deal. It reminds me of Call the Midwives. Blue Like Jazz has its own kind of spirituality/inspiration. It tells of the author’s pain at the word “Christianity”, and his preference for “Spiritual Christianity.” He explains that many misdeeds were done in the name of Christianity (think Crusades, The Inquisition, Witch Trials, etc.) and apologizes for them as a “spiritual Christian.” Quite a new take on an old subject.

A lot to finish up, a lot to read, and definitely a lot to think about.

Thank you for reading this rambling post.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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  1. I like the sound of Blue Like Jazz. I offended someone in the Masons once talking about Templars and the terrible things they did in the past. I like the idea of Spiritual Christians. Just thinking about the residential schools and the way so-called Christians treated the native people makes me feel ashamed.

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