“We are perishing for want of wonder,
not for want of wonders.”
While researching the other day, I came across this Chesterton quote. I had to reread it a couple of times to really let it soak in. Chesterton was an English writer and theologian at the turn of the twentieth century. I’ve not read any Chesterton and I see him appearing in the future on my What I’m Reading series.
In this hurry-up-and-achieve-it world, I feel that we have lost our “want of wonder.” We rarely slow down and “smell the roses,” let alone sit and study the rose.
What can you see if you sit and wonder at a rose? The scent, the depth of color, the intricacy of the petals, the curl of the stamen, and so much more!
Or what if you sit in your living room and wonder at the light in the room, the sounds in the house, the texture of the fabric of the chair you’re in?
We can even get industrial and digital. Is there wonder in your laptop? The weight of it in your lap, the smoothness of the case, the contrast between the surface and the keys, the many gifts that had to come together to create the digital world.
Wonder is there! We just have to stop and find it.
What do you think of this quote? What can you find today to wonder at?
I am a book girl! I love libraries and book stores. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as too many books. Friends regularly post book related memes on my facebook page. However, over the years, I’ve let too much technology creep into my life. Hours I used to spend reading have been spent with facebook and netflix. I can almost feel my brain becoming flabby. So this school year, I decided to do something about it.
We’ve been using Veritas Press’s self-paced Omnibus courses in our homeschool for the past two years. It is a classical curriculum that meets all of my educational goals for our homeschool very nicely! This year, I decided to read the book list ahead of my son so that we could fully discuss the literature. I started filling pages with quotes from the books. Quotes that touched me, spoke to me, or warned me. The “Blogging Through Omnibus III” series was born. I’ll still be posting recipes and photography. My hope is that reading more will cause me to write more.
I hope you’ll join me on this endeavor. There’s beauty to be observed in “The Great Conversation!”
You can see some of the books I’ll be starting with here.
It’s fall and that generally means more time to read…at least in our household. There’s nothing like curling up with a warm drink, a comfy blanket, and a good book. Here’s what I’m reading in September:
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Prayer on Fire by Fred Hartley I’ve been reading this book for a couple of months because it is the book our small group is reading. I only read a chapter every two weeks. Lots of good jewels in this one!
Discipline by Elisabeth Elliot I haven’t read a book by Elisabeth Elliot since I was in high school. Since my word for this school year is “focus,” I thought this book would help me! Expect to see some posts in the future from this book.
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe This is a hard book to read, not because of the level of difficulty in the literature, but because of the subject matter.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley I feel like the appearance of this book on my list is the answer to the question “Which of these books doesn’t belong?” It is part of my son’s home school curriculum. Even though I’ve assigned it before, I’ve never read it. No time like the present!
Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford Pretty apropos for fall, don’t you think?
The Confessions of Faith and Catechisms by The Orthodox Presbyterian Church While I’m not Presbyterian, I am finding this book very helpful.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen One of my favorite books!
What are you reading this month? Comment below and let me know!