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Friday, February 19, 2021
Saturday, February 6, 2021
This is quite a book. Detailed, thoroughly researched, well written and well edited, it took me a couple of weeks to get through it. This is the story of the Waorani (Aucas) from the time of the martyrdom of the five missionaries in 1956, until now. Long writes as an objective observer, presenting all sides of the story. At times it is not pretty. Long almost goes too far in presenting the opposite side of almost every decision, every personality, and every problem that was encountered in this incredibly complex situation. The government, SIL/Wycliffe, the oil companies, the environmentalists, the anthropologists, the Bible translators, the early missionaries and the later ones as well - all have a part to play in this huge story, which is further complicated by the way it became the face of missions for many years.
I was affected in my thinking about the entire story by the details given in this book. There are many facets to it - many that are not represented in the average book written about it, of which there are scores.
Friday, January 29, 2021
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Friday, January 22, 2021
3. The blanket in the picture above is one that's been in the closet for awhile. I unwrapped it this week and it is very soft and comfortable. I'm thankful to be warm on cold days.4. I had a gift card from a student, and we had an additional $20 deduction from a DineRewards program, so we had a nice dinner at Outback tonight that cost us $2.26. :-) Friday nights eating out are great.
5. Thankful once again that my COVID case, though not fun and lasting several weeks with the fatigue, was not serious enough to have to go to the hospital or to develop pneumonia at all. We know several who have had critical consequences, and I could have just as easily been a casualty instead of just a minor statistic. Very thankful.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
I gave it a 4 for things that bothered me:
--I felt like there were a few things that were included that would have mortified EE - such as us being told that she "peed herself" upon a meeting with the head lady of her boarding school. Not sure that was necessary.
--I felt like the language used to describe the Waodani couples was a little bit too earthy for a biography of this distinguished lady.
--And just because Elisabeth Elliot, in a depth of frustration, wrote "To hell with zeal!" - it was gratuitous to use that as a chapter title, to draw people in with "Elisabeth Elliot said WHAT?"
--I saw a few places where the punctation did not appear to be properly edited.
--I also felt like the author inserted herself in a few places where she could have stepped aside.
But overall, this is a thoughtful, detailed work, and I am eagerly awaiting Volume II (and wish that the fact that this book was Volume I had been stated as part of the title).
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Sunday, August 2, 2020
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Easy to see why this is considered a classic. Written in an older style (since it is early 20th century) and character driven, but with a plot that follows it throughout - the place of the land in the life of Wang-Lung and what will happen to it and him.
Yet another book that shows that truth is "written on our hearts" even when Bible principles are not part of a culture. Wang Lung's life had struggles but was going well until he takes a prostitute in his home. The principle remains - we reap what we sow, and Wang Lung did just that. Many unfortunate incidents in this book, mostly due to the choices of the characters. There are objectionable elements but they are handled without being gratuitous or explicit.
I enjoyed Pearl Buck's writing style, but I appreciate books with understated plots and greater character development. I also enjoyed this because of having read one of her short stories in the past ("The Frill") with my sophomore literature students, which also reveals great details of the people and their lives. She obviously intimately knew the culture about which she was writing. I found this book to be a learning experience as much as an entertaining one.
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Friday, July 3, 2020
I haven't done FFF for awhile. Most of it can be related back to my busy-ness with the first thing on my list:
1. Blueberries. Blueberries. Blueberries. Blueberries. Blueberries.
We have a dozen blueberry bushes on our farm. The season was over before we closed on the property last summer, so we didn't know what we were in for. So far we have gotten over 30 GALLONS of berries! This past Monday Mike and I picked 6 gallons, just the two of us!! That is about 6 hours worth of picking. I've put 50 pints in the freezer, given away bags and bags, and made everything I know that includes blueberries and is low-carb (as well as a few things that are not). My entire month of June has been filled with blueberries. I'm not complaining.