The Commons is my weekly Commonplace roundup – notable quotes from the previous week, and current reading list.
This past week I snuck a reread into my stack – The Awakening of Miss Prim. This is such a delightful read, and full of goodness and inspiration for simple living and spiritual growth. I absolutely love the pace and quality of living in the village of San Ireno de Arnois.
“Nowadays, to live quietly and simply you have to take refuge in a small community, a village or hamlet where the din and aggression of the overgrown cities can’t reach; a remote corner like this, where you know nevertheless that about a couple of hundred of miles away, just in case, ” – he smiled – “a vigorous, vibrant metropolis exists.” The Awakening of Miss Prim
The children in the village learn the basics in the village school (the three Rs) but then continue their education at home and with others in the village, in an intimate setting.
“They’re being brought up with good books so that later they can absorb great books.” The Awakening of Miss Prim
I’ve continued with my slow reads, including Educating the Whole-hearted Child. This week’s focus was on discipleship study methods. One point that really stood out was the importance of keeping the Bible as the primary source of Bible study.
“The incessant fragmentation of Bible content into booklets, condensations, Bible stories, Bible products, software, websites, greeting cards, Biblezines, ad infinitum unfortuntately trivializes and devalues Scripture rather than making it more valuable. “ Educating the Whole-hearted Child
I am slowly working through The Fourth Turning – it is so full of minute details I can’t imagine going at any faster of a pace. The premise, that human events in history are cyclical, is just fascinating.
“What happens to each generation separately is only part of the picture. Of more importance to history is what happens to generations together. They age in place in a manner that Francois Mentre described as ’tiles on a roof’ – overlapping in time, corrective in purpose, complementary in effect.” The Fourth Turning
My slow reads continue. I’ve also taken on two more books this week, reading along with fellow book clubbers. Don Quixote (I am reading the newer Grossman translation), as well as Locke’s Second Essay. I’m just getting starting on these two so look for commentary starting next week.
- Educating the Whole-hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
- The Life-giving Home by Sally Clarkson (one chapter a month)
- In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton (one essay a week)
- The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
- The Well-educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
- A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael Schneider
- Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar
- Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Second Treatise on Civil Government by John Locke