Sunday, September 11, 2005

Books I'm reading, books I want to buy

I've begun reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbudy last week and I'm almost done with it. It's a very enjoyable book. Quite funny... :)

But the message of the book, though, is serious. It talks about a future wherein books are outlawed, or the act of reading it is considered a crime (Books are burned because they are considered dangerous and unimportant). It talks about a future wherein people are too consumed by entertainment and comfort that they can't anymore think for themselves. People are glued to watching "plays" or "dramas" in their "televisors". Isn't that strikingly similar to our present time? (The book was published sometime in the 50s) Most of us today are addicted to the TV, to soap operas or telenovelas and noon-time entertainment shows...

I've also begun to read this interesting book called Spirituality in Nursing which I've borrowed from our school library. It's authored by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien. It talks about nursing being a "sacred" profession, as it involves the caring of the sick and afflicted. It talks about "the Holy ground" that the nurse stands on whenever he or she is in the presence of a sick person. God, the book points out, is present in these people. I like that way of looking at the nursing profession, because it emphasizes its noble character.

There are many books out there that I want to buy. They belong to the spirituality/ philosophy genre. I'm very interested in these types of books these days. Here's some of them:

  • The Examined Life by Dennis Helming

  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis

  • The Case For A Creator by Lee Stroebel (I already read his The Case For Christ and The Case For Faith)


  • If only I have the money! =)

    There's also this very interesting book that I saw over at National Bookstore: My Descent Into Death by Howard Storm. It's an account of the author's "near-death experience". A very fascinating book. However, it's quite expensive (over PHP700), but I could tell it's worth it. I'll be going back to NB to read it for free... Hehehe...

    I'm also planning on reading the controversial and much-talked about Da Vinci's Code, and follow it with Breaking the Da Vinci Code by Darrell Bock and other books that seek to refute Brown's claims in his novel.

    7 comments:

    Bill said...

    I read Farenheit 451 a long time ago. I recently watched the old Farenheit 451 movie. Not too bad but I don't remember if it matched the book well or not. I read it too long ago.

    Bill said...

    Also, I liked both the Case for Christ and The Case for Faith. I haven't gotten around to reading the other one yet though.

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    darlene said...

    Hi dante! I love the book: "spirituality in nursing". Sadly a friend borrowed it and disappeared. I also have a copy of the Illustrated Version of Da Vinci Code. But i suggest that you read Angels and Demons first before opting to read DVC. And when you read it, you must have a strong faith, otherwise...

    By the way I'm an RN by profession, but not practising. Dont ask why...

    Asa ka sa sugbo nag-skul?

    Dante said...

    really? :) bitaw, why aren't you practising? hehehe... =)

    have you worked before abroad? i saw that picture of you with the san francisco bridge in the background in your blog. :)

    thanks for the advice about the book. =) gamay pa ako nabasa sa spirituality in nursing... :)

    Dante said...

    hi bill, thanks for dropping by.. :)

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