I usually read nonfiction. Most of my books I download onto a kindle app, or listen via audible. The audiobooks are in the background when I work online, and when driving. Sometimes at bedtime I usually listen 2 or 3 times, since I miss parts when I am doing other tasks.
For some reason I'm starting to read fiction again.
Most recent nonfiction:
Dugard's Into Africa. The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingston. Mid 1800s, exploration of Africa was one of the last frontiers for Europeans. Slavery was depleting the continent, to the East (Arabs) and to the West (Americas). The West was fascinated by stories of Africa, and the source of the Nile was almost a Holy Grail. The explorers were imperfect by modern standards - as are most modern people - but had incredible experiences, dedication, failure, triumph, disease, injury, hardship, degradation, pride, and more. I've previously read other books about the exploitation of Africa - most notably, the enslavement and genocide of millions of people in the Congo (Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghost) - a story that includes Stanley's role in that atrocity. In Into Africa, the tales of adventure and exploration are well told, the psychologies of the main characters are described, and the context is illuminated. Stanley reinvented himself as much as a modern politician, and Livingston was driven by religion, lust, science, and adventure.
Most recent fiction:
I just finished James Lee Burke's "The Tin Roof Blowdown", a story of crime during and following the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. The story was complicated, with multiple bad guy characters and flawed good guys. I like stories about the South, and New Orleans, and enjoyed this one enough that I bought another book in Burke's series.
Currently reading Walter Mosely "Devil in a Blue Dress", another crime story. This time, set in 1940s post war Watts in Los Angeles. To me, this has a noir feel, and I'm enjoying it thoroughly.
I need to be reminded to to use the amazon link, to support Nexus.
Anyone else reading any good books?
Does he say things about Jesus' magic tricks? They presumably involved deliberate deception.
Does God deliberately deceive people?
Presumably he writes about the historical Jesus though? Jesus' magic tricks contradict the idealized image.
He treats the magic as little more than sensationalistic embellishments to loosely translated stories over time.
That's an interesting and believable idea, and it's kinder to Jesus than the charlatan image.
But perhaps the "lost years" between Jesus as a teenager and Jesus as a preacher, were spent learning magic in India or something like that ;)
Future, you spend more time in the car than I do, but we both benefit from audiobooks. They make the ride go a lot better, and eliminate annoying radio DJs and ads. Your choice sounds interesting.
I normally read non fiction, personal development, science related and psychology.
Right now I am going through,
Games People Play - Eric Berne
Psychology of human relationship covered in the form of various games. More technical, needs more attention but worth the time.
I have read all of them except the 'The Survival Personality' and I am curious about it.