Today I spent around $240 on (text)books for college. Yikes. I think that might be the most I’ve spent so far. However, I am so excited for my classes this semester, though it’ll be an insanely challenging one for sure.
I’m taking a class on the Psalms, a class that explores the relationship of faith and suffering, a class on the practices of community development, a survey of China from the 1600s, and a class on 20th century world history. I even ordered them from most excited to least excited! But yeah, those Bible classes are going to be so grand. I am the worst at constantly being in the Word, but when I pop open my Bible, I often go to a Psalm and think, “Welp, I’ve finished my Christian duty for the day.” Yet, the Psalms are so rich! I mean, I know that for sure, like there are denominations that only sing off the Psalms for worship. So I’m so excited to dig into the Psalms, especially Psalm 119. Faith and Suffering will be so good too, just because of events that have happened in my own life and in the lives of some dear friends. The only technical book that we have to buy is Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Lament for a Son, in which the author takes his readers through him processing his grief after losing his 25 year old son due to a mountain climbing accident. The rest of the course material is online, and oh man it’s good stuff.
So here’s all the books I bought today/required for the semester:
The Psalms: A Historical and Spiritual Commentary with an Introduction and New Translation
How to Read the Psalms (How to Read Series)
Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer
Why Do We Hope?: Images in the Psalms
Faith and Suffering
Lament for a Son
Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities
Walking With the Poor
Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets
The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of Modern China
Revolution and Its Past: Identities and Change in Modern Chinese History
History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth
Youth Culture in China: From Red Guards to Netizens
Mao’s War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China
20th Century World History
Contemporary World History
Hitler’s Shadow Empire: Nazi Economics and the Spanish Civil War
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (Bedford Cultural Editions Series)
1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End: A Brief History with Documents
Here’s to diligence for junior year….