On the Proper Reading of Books

In high school, and college, by God’s grace and my laziness, I didn’t really have to study. I only took notes if the teacher required we take notes, and even then often didn’t.

As a consequence of my laziness, I didn’t learn how to study, or how to take notes well. Also, since then new tools that can be used for note-taking were developed, that is the smart phone and tablet.

I learned a bit when I got saved and started reading the Bible. Not so much the note taking, but reading for a purpose other than for entertainment or facts. Learning proper hermeneutics, by God’s grace, came shortly thereafter. Very thankful for this one!

What I haven’t learned yet is how to take notes while reading a book. I’m sure I could just start taking notes, but I want my notes to be useful in the future.

So, with that in mind, I ask you, how do you take notes on what you read? In my current situation, I’m reading a book that is a little over 1,000 pages, is likely to be very deep, and I will probably want to be able to recall and locate sections or quotes quickly.

How do you take notes? Suggested methods? Tools? Paste the whole book in to Evernote  and hope their search works well?

The Perfection of Beauty

Beauty is sold in exchange for a “dime”
Nothing to attract us to You, yet we worship Your creation as fine
Captivated by it’s forbidden fruit

Pleasing our senses, so we suppress the truth
And eat the lie
Media’s fig leaf deadening our soul and mind
Sin blinding us to You
The only objective Beauty that’s truly absolute
Hidden in the symmetry of Your goodness, glory and truth
Each attribute working harmoniously
Justice with patience, wrath with graciousness
Omnipotence with humility, long-suffering with faithfulness
Each a note to a sweet melody
The ultimate hymn entitled “God’s Beauty”
Immutable, no change

Because “dimes” get lost daydreaming in dark gutters
Unable to hear the call to wake up
They, the noose, dripping honeysuckle
Lips pasted on with Mac makeup
If they truly beheld Your beauty
You’d make magazines and Mattel go bankrupt
You sent Your Beloved to be lifted up
On a beautiful, seemingly ugly cross
The visible image of Your hiddenness
Only You are beautiful and yet invisible
True beauty is spiritual

Therefore, sanctify our worldly minds
Your complexion is unappealing to lustful eyes
Besides, apart from new birth in Christ
Sinners beholding Your Holy beauty would die
Therefore, beauty residing in the eye of the beholder is a lie
It is found in the Beautiful One- The Most High
– Shai Linne – The Perfection of Beauty

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. – Exodus 34:6-8 ESV

Why our country is going down the drain

Why our Country is Going Down The Drain

Nothing original from me, though I do think I have a financial related post in the works, we shall find out sometime Monday. I’m going to save at least 5% on my power bills, maybe more. And, yes, I do plan to write about finances on here, among a few other things. Posting my occasional photography attempts, my playing games with tech, my faith, and whatever else comes to mind that doesn’t fit with the theme of my other blog. (Which, I may reveal… maybe.)

Until then, enjoy the video.