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I have upgraded Grace Note's website now at http://www.the-gracenotes.org . Do pay us a visit! pearlie

Books on books

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I have been searching for books on books, the history of books and soon after, on reading. And I found these two: Introduction to Book History by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery (Routledge, 2012) A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel (Penguin, 1997) Introduction to Book History has a cover I really love, or I believe any bibliophile will love. Based on a few reviews I read, the book is quite technical. But for a 176-page book, it carries a price tag of USD31.99 or more, and it is indeed quite pricey. A History of Reading  it turned out, is quite a popular book it seems. And viewing the preview and book description, it might be a more interesting read compared to the first. But after reading this review by Douglas K. Hartman and Tariq M. Abdulaziz, I decided not to get it. The review says, "...does he have the scholarly dexterity to represent the complexity of reading's past while placing the people, practices, local events, and facts of his and others&#

If I die...a follow up

I blogged about this last week. I could not get it off my mind and have been thinking of it quite a lot. I was not sure what and how to get about it but I am now a bit clearer as to what I need to do. For one, I have finally gotten my will done up. I have wanted to do this for a really, really long time but I kept putting it off. In my opinion, he is a responsible person who gets his last will and testament done. My next step is to deal with the small stuff. As it is with most people these days, my life is quite tied up to the digital world. I find it weird if this blog and my Facebook, though not very active, would be left unattended and silent if I die suddenly. I want my Facebook and LinkedIn accounts removed, but I would like my blog to live on, albeit left suspended. And what about all the books that I have amassed? If my son does not want them, I would prefer them to be given to a library than to have them left unused. As far as my ebooks are concerned, I have already ac

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen

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My devotional reading this morning was on the last portion of The Lord's Prayer, "For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever," (Matt 6:13) and thus completing the readings on the Lord's Prayer in R. Kent Hughes'  The Sermon on the Mount . And with this, I thank God for the valuable lessons that when I utter the prayer from now on, it is with better understanding and awe of my God. As much as this doxology may not be a part of the original prayer (it does not appear in any of the oldest manuscripts for the Gospel of Matthew), it is fitting close to the most complete model of prayer given by Jesus. In all our prayers, we need to confess and proclaim that God is indeed the King, absolutely free and sovereign; the Omnipotent, the all-powerful one who can do anything; and the Forever Glorious, whose splendor and honor we can look and depend upon. When he stood with Pilate, Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). The kingdom

Book Review: Pearl of China by Anchee Min

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Pearl of China by Anchee Min I bought 4 of Anchee Min's books back in February and have read all of them except this one, until today. Whilst I found those 3 books just okay and even though this one is over 300 pages long, it has so captivated me that I could not put it down. Not being American and though I'm Chinese by ethnicity, I have never been back to China and my historical knowledge of China is sparse, I have not known about Pearl S. Buck till now. I am now looking forward to reading her books, especially The Good Earth. Some have said that they would rather the book been written from Pearl's vantage point, rather than from a friend's, in this case, a fictionalised version of a friend, Willow Yee. I would disagree and felt that Min did a great job in telling the story from a Chinese perspective. It speaks of a girl who got to know a very special friend in Pearl and how their relationship grew and grew; and when Pearl had to leave China, the tone o

DA Carson is back in KL (9-11 Sept 2013): The God who is There

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Reading: From Tablet to Tablet

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I found this most informative and interesting - a short history of my favourite activity: reading. Source:  http://techtalk.currys.co.uk/ pearlie

The most delightful book ever

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson (Persephone Books, 1938) I had a long tiring week and I felt a need to temporary lose myself in a happy nowhere land of make believe. I scoured the list of books I have in my Kobo reader but they were all either too serious or too gloomy. So I went to Goodreads  and searched for an "easy read" and found Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson. I got my hands on a copy yesterday evening and it was such a delightful read. Had I not been so tired last night and had it not been so late a night, I would have finished it then. I woke up earlier this morning than planned and so I thought I might as well soak myself back into the story and had a most wonderful morning in a long time. It is a Cinderella-like fairy tale: sweet, poignant, funny. The dialogue is absolutely amazing and Watson's story telling skills captivating. It has been awhile since I got so caught up in a read, not since my childhood days when I

Stephanie Wong's Vocal Recital

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A wonderful night of French, German, Italian and Chinese art songs by a very talented lyrical soprano, Stephanie Wong. I was pretty tired but I enjoyed myself. I only wished I was familiar with the songs.  pearlie

A Thousand Words #141

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Never felt so out of place in my life.  pearlie

If I die

I am taking audit classes on Ezekiel for the past couple of months. This question was asked by one of my classmates on Monday in his presentation requirements for credit on Ezekiel 36: what is one thing that you really hope for? The first thing that entered my mind was death, so that I may live. It is a complicated thought. No, I am not thinking about suicide. Yes, I still want to live on here on earth - for the sake of my family at least. I am thinking more in line of Paul's "for me to live and to die is gain."  But that is not what I am trying to get at here. What has been filling my thoughts for the past few days is this: what will happen if I die suddenly? It will be too late to say what I want to say to people I want to say them to. It will be too late to tell them what I need to get done and not done. It will be too late to tell them how to get access to my digital stuff. Mostly trivial stuff, but still...I need them to know. Then I thought there

I Forgot My Phone

I saw this YouTube video yesterday and I found it so poignant. Written by/Starring Charlene deGuzman Directed by Miles Crawford I do see my phone like an extension of me. I find it a very useful tool to do the things I want and need to do. But if I have to choose, I prefer the company of people—I'd rather have a good chat with them than to check Facebook (I used to only go to Facebook about once a month. It's about once a week now.) And I'd rather behold the plate of food in front of me and dig in rather than taking a picture (I am usually so eager to sink my teeth in it that by the time I remember to take a picture of it, it's too late.) But I do feel like the girl in the video. I find myself in those situations very often. pearlie

"Hallowed be your name" (Matt 6:9b)

Like many, I have been reciting the Lord's Prayer since childhood. But never quite truly understood this part of the prayer: "Hallowed be your name". What does it mean to pray that God's name be hallowed? God is already holy and why pray that his name be holy? What is the significance of God's name? One of Pastor Marvin's sermons that is memorable to me is this one he gave on the third of the Ten Commandments - Exalt God's Name Always  as well as this one where he spoke on this portion of The Lord's Prayer - Pray for our Father's Good Name . The question is this: what does it mean for a person to have a name? What does it mean for God to have a name? Just as we know a person by name, we know God by his name, and more, since we now choose names for our children for mere euphony purposes. (Though I did choose my son's name for both how it sounds and what it means, as most Chinese do.) As such, God's name is for us finite beings to kno