Saturday, April 26, 2008

snow, the garden, and c.s. lewis

It is snowing here today, much to the dismay of the girls and much to my concern as I have planted some plants already.

Below are some irises. They be fine.



This cold frame has squash in it. I just planted the seeds earlier this week and they haven't even sprouted. They will be fine.



In this cold frame, I have three tomato plants. I've had tomatoes freeze in cold frames, we will see.



I also have some peppers on the front stoop of the house in pots. They are in plastic bottle cloches and I covered them with towels last night. I hope they will be okay.

I recently finished C.S. Lewis's book The Screwtape Letters for the first time. I think every Christian should read it. I particularly think students should read it before going to college as it will help them recognize the foolishness in what is often considered logical and scholarly research.

He used these two quotes to introduce the work

"The devil...the prowde spirite...cannot endure to be mocked."

Thomas Moore

"The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn. "

Martin Luther

We should realize it is a satirical piece of writing.

These two quotes were two quotes I felt I could extract from the book without weakening the quote or by giving away something that would be better if you read the book for yourself.

"For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our Enemy has of reality of whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered to them. "
C.S. Lewis

"Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."
C.S. Lewis

If you haven't read it. Read it soon.

8 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the Screwtape Letters. Brilliant piece of writing and always an excellent read.

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  2. I read Screwtape in High School. It would make an excellent book club book. ALthough I would recommend several mtgs throughout the book as I remember not being able to follow it very well without class discussions.

    If we got snow at this time of year, I might faint. OUr spring is 3 weeks early here, my lily of the valley are halfway up already.

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  3. Oh My!! It was nice and warm her today we worked outside most of the day. We did get a thunderstorm and it brought in a cold front. I hope all of your plants are ok.

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  4. It is my most favourite CS Lewis Book, well with a slight leaning towards The Great Divorce.

    I particularly think students should read it before going to college as it will help them recognize the foolishness in what is often considered logical and scholarly research. Amen! God has made foolish the wisdom of this world.

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  5. Your poor plants, I hope they survive. Our living room is like a green house right now, I have tomato, marigold, cornflower and basil on the window sill. Lol, function over beauty.

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  6. oh yes, I'm 35 in July, the albums on my blog were all my parents' favourites as I grew up, some I really enjoy still today...like as you mentioned Hotel California.

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  7. You remind me of my Dad your Granddad

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  8. I have not read the Screwtape letters.
    It sounds like it is a must read...
    thanks for the little quote...
    I cannot believe that it snowing there again!!!
    wow, it will still be snowing when summer is ready to arrive...

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