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Wieland; or, The Transformation

by Charles Brockden Brown

A very dark story of manipulation and sabotage. Someone or something is destroying the seeming idyllic harmony of the Wieland family. Theodore Wieland, the patriarch of the Weiland family, begins hearing voices telling him to commit the unthinkable. Who or what is behind the voices and what is the ultimate motive behind them.
This book is part mystery and part Psychological thriller. Theodore's descent into madness is chilling and disturbing. In many ways it is a foreshadowing of Stephen King's The Shining.

Reviewed on 2016.01.11

The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas A Kempis

God's purpose in our lives is to make us more Christlike. That work requires our full surrender and death to the self life. It is a process the Lord will bring us through if we are willing to enter His purposes for our life. Once we enter the death process we become aware of the new life of Christ forming within us that started at our salvation.

This devotional presents us many thoughts that challenge us as to whether or not we are actually in the faith or are self deceived by false religious notions.

It lays out a perspective we should all have that only comes from having been in the presence of Father after having sought after Him and found Him.

I commend this work to anyone who is not satisfied with where they are at and want to get closer to the one who gave us our life.

Reviewed on 2012.07.05

Castle Hohenwald

by Adolph Streckfuss

I found an 1879 first (English)edition of this book many years ago and it instantly became one of my favorite books.

Taking place in the time of the Franco-Prussian war it is a romance, a war story, and a mirror on the idealized social concepts of the time.

The main characters are very interesting.

A bit wordy, but that is to be expected from a book of this time period. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed on 2011.07.25

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

by Hans Christian Andersen

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Reviewed on 2011.07.04

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