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David J. Larsen on Celestial Ascent in the Old Testament, Provo City Center Temple Open House Lecture Series

As part of our Provo City Center Temple Open House Lecture Series, David J. Larsen will be presenting on Temple Themes in the Psalms and the Book of Mormon. As a teaser, here is a post excerpted from his paper, The Order of the House of God: Ancient Practices and Modern Experiences. (Shared with permission.) …The idea of priests […]

17 Books for Chinese New Year

This February 8th is Chinese New Year. As we ring in the year of the monkey, why not take some time to celebrate Chinese culture? Here are a few books that feature Chinese or Chinese-American customs, cultures, and experiences: The  Money Dragon – Pam Chun A Chinese girl living in Hawaii tells about her controlling […]

17 Books Your Christmas List is Missing

A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Chimes  (by Charles Dickens) Of course, the top of our Christmas list is the story of old Ebenezer Scrooge. But A Christmas Carol was not the only Christmas story Dickens ever wrote, and there are quite a few collections that have all three of these stories […]

Dictionary Johnson

Samuel Johnson, part 2. The Dictionary Years When last we left our hero, he was struggling in the obscurity of Grubstreet among a multitude of hack writers, poets and other impoverished writers, trying to keep body and soul together by cranking out articles, reviews, biographies or anything else that the publishers asked for. But if […]

Why Read Real Books? Part 1

Let’s begin with the other side of the argument. Top Reasons to Read an Ebook: You don’t like to share. You don’t like deals on used books. You don’t want anyone to know that you are reading Twilight, again. You don’t have the muscle tone to hold a real book. You are a digital pirate. […]

Another Literary Quiz…

Who am I thinking of? He influenced authors ranging from Jane Austen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Nabokov, Beckett and Rex Stout. He is the only English writer, at least since the Renaissance, to have an age named after him. C.S. Lewis said that the biography written about our mystery man was […]