Sunday, February 10, 2008

What 'cha reading?

Eclexia tagged me (when I get around to updating my sidebar of blogs I read, I'll be adding her). I am supposed to talk about a book. Here are the rules:

Here are the rules of the first meme:
1) Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).

2) Open the book to page 123.
3) Find the fifth sentence.
4) Post the next three sentences.
5) Tag five people.

This was my response -
Hmm, we just moved mid December and many books are still packed away. We are working on unpacking and getting organized. Right now the nearest book over 123 pages is “The Name Book - over 10,000 names - their meanings, origins and spiritual significance.”
Page 123 starts with Halle, Halla, Halley and goes through Hanan, Hannan, Hannen.
The fifth “sentence” (which I’ll interpret to mean name) is Haman or Hamilton - meaning from the fortified castle; faithful - Proverbs 20:6 - many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but a faithful man, who can find?

I'm to tag 5 but I'm going to cheat. If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged!


DM said...

I wanted to cheat and pick something funny or lighthearted when I read this...we JUST today hauled in another bookcase into the office..that makes 3- 40 inch by 7 ft tall book cases...2 within arms reach of where I'm I scanned the shelves looking for the closest book...grabbed it (it happened to be The Christian Counselor's New Testament by Jay Adams..thumbed to page 123 like you said..found the 5th it and the next two and thought..hummm I don't want to share that...I'm not even sure what it means, plus I'm the last guy who wants to go to people's blogs and posting bible verses..but as I sat here...I had this unsettling thought..why was I uncomfortable doing this...I was just following your random directions and this was the book sticking off the shelf the here it is:
Mark's Gospel Chapter 9 vs43...And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. it is better for you to enter life crippled than, while having two hands, to go away into Gehenna, into the fire that can't be put out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off;it is better for you to enter into life lame than, while having two feet, be thrown into Gehenna (what's Gehenna by the way) And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better to enter God's empire with one eye than, while having two eyes, be thrown into Gehenna, where the worm doesn't die, and the fire can't be put out.
Now that was some heavy duty stuff!

Enola said...

I'm so jealous of the bookshelves. I had to look up "Gehenna" (so see your post was good, because it made me go look something up, and knowledge is always good). The NIV version does not use "gehenna" - it says "thrown into the sea" and then later "thrown into hell". New American Standard says "thrown into hell" and then "unquenchable fire." The Message says "throw it away." King James says "Sea" and "hell"

Ahh wickipedia to the rescue - Gehenna is the Jewish hell or purgatory. In English, Jews use the word "hell" instead of gehenna. The name derived from the burning garbage dump near Jerusalem (the Hinnom gulch), metaphorically identified with the entrance to the underworld of punishment in the afterlife.

And I found this interesting --
In both Rabbinical Jewish and Christian writing, Gehenna as a destination of the wicked is different from Sheol, the abode of all the dead.

I LIKE THAT - A LOT. I really like that. I think the wicked deserve a worse place than just the ordinarily bad. (all theological discussion aside).

Thanks for sharing and playing along. I'm glad you didn't cheat and pick something "funny." I enjoy learning.

Hidden Tears said...

hmm, I considered doing this, however the closest book to me right now is a Fundementals of Nursing and I dont think that would be very interesting to anyone.

eclexia said...

I'm jealous of DM's bookshelves, too!

Hidden Tears, if it makes you feel any better, my closest book was Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary and I posted the three definitions after the fifth one on page 123....

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

This must be a popular meme! I've been tagged to do the same one. I just haven't gotten to it yet.

Perfect said...

My book is The Language of Letting Go. This entry is entitled "Anger At Family Members". Here is what comes after the 5th sentence:

"It is important to allow ourselves to feel - to accept - our anger toward family members without casting guilt or shame on ourselves. It is also important to examine our guilty feelings concerning family members as anger and guilt are often intertwined. We can accept, even thank, our anger for protecting us but we can also set another goal: taking our freedom. Once we do, we will not need our anger."