Category Archives: dostoevsky

Currently Reading

Now that I don’t have to read textbooks (although, I am planning on reading a few books for school this summer) I have been able to pick up a book by one of my favorite writers, Philip Yancey. I am reading “Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church” Basically, he tells the story of his journey of faith and how when his church was not very Christlike, other sources redirected and pushed him in his faith.

Just a sampling of the people he writes about are Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Leo Tolstoy, Feodor Dostoevsky, Henri Nouwen, and G.K. Chesterton, just to name a few.

I really like the way Yancey writes and he seems to touch on tons of people and topics and books that I have come across in my studies both in Undergrad and now Grad school.

I think I bought this book about two or so years ago and after reading almost halfway through, I stopped after reading about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and opted to read some of there works instead. That was back when I read “Anna Karenina”

This time, I started over and have now passed where I read to previously. I will finish the book and I am quite enjoying it, but I have been re-inspired to get going on my Russian novels. I started “Brothers Karamazov” and “War and Peace” but have finished neither. Perhaps this will be the season I am successful in reading those as well.

If you are looking for some good reading, I recommend Yancey. To date, I have read “What’s so Amazing about Grace” and “The Jesus I Never Knew” Both are fantastic. At this point being about half into the book, I would probably recommend “Soul Survivor” as well.

Off I go to clean so that I can have time to read!


Filed under dostoevsky, reading, theology, tolstoy

Tolstoy & Dostoevsky

Well, I just bought a couple of more books on e-bay. My next Tolstoy attempt will be War & Peace. First though, I will read Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. While I wait for them to come in the mail, I have now returned to my Favorite book.

It Begins like this:

“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton” (Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien)

It just grabs you and says “READ ME!”


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Life from a lefty

I have resumed my attempt to learn to write with my left hand. I practiced this during college when class was really boring and I did not have to take notes. I am almost to the point of not having to think at all when I pick up a writing utensil. Now that’s Progress!

Hear something hilarious the other day on the radio. It was an advertisement for a restaurant. They were trying to explain that the menu is very large, lots of selection. They said, in loose quotation: “It [the menu] goes on & on, just like a Russian novel…and so full of rich character.
I Laughed so hard! I guess this was not intended to be funny, but after taking forever to get through Anna Karenina, it was so funny to me. Totally worth the hard read just to be able to laugh at this commercial. I think I am going to get a copy of The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoveysky to begin on my trip to Chicago.


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