Spring Reading--April and May 2018

April and May seemed to be largely non-fiction months... books for learning something, expanding some knowledge, growing, etc... As often, my reading was books from the library. And, again, a mix of reading in English and Norwegian. I've chosen just a few books this time to share.

A special read was this book, Mittens from Around Norway by Nina Granlund Saether. Original Norwegian title, Votter... votter = mittens. This book explores traditional knitted mitten patterns and reconstructing new patterns based on old examples. I'm so glad this book has been translated into English, as I don't understand knitting/crochet patterns very well in Norwegian (I know, even after all these years...*sigh*...) This book is on my wish-list, as there are several mittens I'd love to try knitting!

Oooo...I want to knit these mittens... snowflakes and kitties!! :)))

Jesus of Nazareth by Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI This is a work in two parts, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, and Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week--From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection. In these volumes Pope Benedict sought to revive and restore Jesus' true identity from the Gospels.  It is an invitation for us to encounter Jesus a-new. And WOW... this work is so theologically outstanding and rich! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read all through both volumes, as these were borrowed through library inter-loan and had to go back before I could finish. You need time with these! Hopefully I can borrow them again.

From Jesus of Nazareth... "the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! ...Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love."

Olav den Hellige: spor etter helgenkongen by Lars Roar Langslet & Knut Ødegård An English translation... The Viking King and Saint Olav (or Olaf as it is sometimes written). Olav was the famed Norwegian Viking chief who became King, and who successfully achieved alliances with other European rulers in the 11th Century, among many other things, including introducing Christian legislation into his rule. He is often credited as bringing Christianity to Norway, but that is not quite true, as Christianity was already becoming introduced to pagan peoples. Olav had many enemies also and was killed, murdered, in a fight for his country. A martyr's death. Very shortly after his death whispers of miracles happening at the battle scene floated around, and Olav gained the respect of a holy man, and eventually becoming a saint. He is the patron saint of Norway. This is a VERY, ultra-condensed version of a little bit about Saint Olav. This book is a BEAUTIFUL hunt for the Saint-King, with the bulk of it being the saga, or stories, of King Olav, as well as other old texts, ancient art depicting his life and the traditions of the time. Fascinating life and history! Unfortunately, this book does not seem to be translated into English, which is a pity. 

And a few cookbooks...vegan and raw food recipes, which inspired some meals we've eaten during April and May, which I will share more about next week. 

I notice my reading and wanderlust with books is already dropping off a bit, which is not uncommon for me during the spring/summer months. After the long winter, being outside calls more. Living the season now, rather than through a book seems to be my current mode of being and doing.  

What about you? What book(s) is/are on your nightstand, or coffee table, in your bag, or on your tablet/device... or even on your wish list?! Any recommendations?!

P.S. On another note... I may be a bit MIA through the weekend. The latest Microsoft update has eaten my laptop! ;( Or just about… a lot of junk happened, and I can’t even get logged on. TJ--who very thankfully works in IT!!--is helping me try to sort it out. Sadly, it was a newer device, and I hadn’t yet done a back up, and it looks like I may lose lots of things like links for you all, bookmarks, photos, etc. It feels like starting from scratch. Anyway, hoping to be back here in full in a couple/few days. I'm borrowing hub's computer to write this I have a iPad, thankfully, but it is old, and I've not been successful in using Blogger with it. I mostly use the Pad mostly for reading and quick email. This post was pre-written to go out, and I have one for early next week too. But I'll try to be back here shortly, and catch up with you all soon.  Moral of story--BACKUP your files before a Windows upgrade!! :/ Has anyone else had big problems since the latest Microsoft upgrade? I hope not...


  1. Good luck with the computer issues. They sound grim and I live in fear of those always!

    You have good reading -- especially the Olav book. Looks gorgeous. I might even read more in the summer because I'm up at the lake alone for much of it and I tend to read "faster" books then. Right now I'm reading a non-fiction called "The Perfect Summer" by Juliet Nicolson about London (mostly) in the summer of 1911, the coronation year of Queen Mary and George V. It's good but I'll be glad when it's done.

  2. i cringe always at any Microsoft upgrade. and they seem to be constantly doing it.
    i think they often just mess with things that have no need of their meddling.
    it gives jobs apparently. and we must find our way in the fallout.
    this is a lovely post! and i love those mittens!
    good luck in your technical difficulties. hooray for TJ! having an IT expert helps! xo

  3. Sorry you are having upgrade problems. My computer guy set my computer so I have to approve any upgrade, so I try to watch closely. Also have external drive to backup every Sunday. Right now I am thinking about upgrading my photoshop, Lightroom and adding Creative Cloud and a bit nervous about what it will do to my computer. I decided to wait until I had a good nights sleep and a clear mind before I do it. Yikes! Books, humm? I have three in progress, but probably mentioned two last time. One is called Fart Cops (my sons book, which I need to get read and write a review on Amazon), a book about Mary Magdalene, and a historic fiction that involves Hemingway and called Love and Ruin by Paula McLain.

  4. Those cute snowflake and kitten mittens looks so cute. I hope you try to make them. You are very talented in these kinds of projects.
    The book on Jesus of Nazareth sound interesting. I do hope you are able to get them again and continue to read them. I love reading the scriptures and especially the part about my beloved Savior. Inviting others to come unto Christ is so important in a world that continues to need Him more in our lives.
    I have read a number of books on Jesus Christ and especially some that have been about his moments in Gethsemane, Golgotha and the Garden Tomb. His life, atonement, death and resurrection are the center of our religious belief.
    Your cookbooks look interesting. I will look forward to you sharing the meals you have tried. My daughter loves a book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It has some very nutritious recipes.
    I'm reading a book right now entitled: "Only The Brave" by Gerald Lund. It is a pioneer story and looks to be a good read. My favorite book is of course, "The Book of Mormon". This is a history book about the Savior's dealings with Ancient America. In the section entitled 3 Nephi it tells about his appearance to the people in Ancient America after his Resurrection. My favorite chapter is 3 Nephi 17. You can read it free online here. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng
    Have a lovely weekend dear Sister in Christ. I love that we both have a deep love and desire to know our Savior more.
    Blessings and hugs for you!

  5. Ugh . . . computers and updates. I hate them. A necessary evil and they don't always go to plan! Hope yours are sorted without too many problems. THOSE MITTENS! Wow! I love them. I wish I was a much better knitter. I have a couple of great books on the Saviour that I could recommend. They are novels, but so good. Jesus by Walter Wangerin is one. I have read this several times, and Master by Toni Sorenson. I am sure you would love both of these. Happy day sweet friend. Love you! xoxo


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