Friday, July 22, 2016

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of GodThe Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A spiritual classic - now to re-read it!

I've had this in my queue forever - even before I had a Kindle, since I have a paper copy that belonged to my father. I've read at this over the years and have finally completed it.

It's a simple text, one which boils down simply to:
"we should establish ourselves in a sense of GOD'S Presence, by continually conversing with Him."

Not hard, but not easy always to remember. The most marvelous takeaway I find in it is simply saying the title as a self-command: practice the presence of God! It's a tremendously centering meditation.

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First Contact by J.M. Dillard

First Contact (Star Trek: The Next Generation)First Contact by J.M. Dillard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another enjoyable step through cinematic Trek history!

As noted, I'm enjoying reading these books - reliving the movies with my own imagination and that of the author. The fact Dillard did the final movies - from V onward, including all the TNG movies, works so well - she maintains themes from one book to the next, while she fleshes out the story. I've also appreciated the afterwords that discuss the decision-making process behind the movie development.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Star Trek Generations by J.M. Dillard

Star Trek Generations (Star Trek: The Next Generation)Star Trek Generations by J.M. Dillard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

VHS tape is on my shelf, but the *book* is best..... Working my way through Trek History.....

I'm enjoying my summer survey of all things Cinematic Trek - I've got all the books in hand and it's very enjoyable. With a summer of dystopian news, I need some Trek Utopian visions!

There is a continuity and depth when the author can draw on *all* of Trek history for the narrative, not just relying on visuals. When one author like Dillard gets to handle multiple books, you get an even tighter connection across the stories! I look forward to working my way through "First Contact" next (in fact, I've already started....)

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