Christmas Book Haul!

Some books on violin making 🤗

My Christmas gift last year were these two books on violin making. I started playing the violin three-four years ago. Fed up with rental fees and my fear of tuning and touching the violin in anyway other than playing it, led me to find some cheap violins and take them a part and put them back together with new strings bridges, pegs, and in some cases a new coat of varnish. I have three violins now, one of which (the darker one pictured) was found in someone’s garbage, and the others were cheap finds on Craig’s list. I have carved bridges and made a varnish from an old 18th century recipe. I have even shaped fingerboards. My goal is to one day build my own from scratch. I continue to practice playing though not as much as I should. I like learning Irish jigs and folk songs especially. Soon I will finally finish the darker one you see pictured here. It’s finished, but I needed to reconfigure it’s bridge since it didn’t sound quite like it should. There is a lot of engineering that goes into it, but it is all very interesting to me and will give me, I’m sure, a lifetime of entertainment and teaching.

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Ingredients for making the varnish were found at @kremerpigmentsnyc in New York City

The book of Judges

“Then the Lord raised up judges who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.” –Judges 2:16

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Judges is one of my favorite books of the Old Testament. In this book, God raises up 12 judges over the course of 325 years to help keep the Israelites on the right path. I enjoyed this book because it helped me realize that I too had judges raised up for me in my life to help guide me. When my great grandpa (my grandmother’s father) died, I went 12 years before another person ‘passed through’ my life to lead me further to God. And I was lucky to have the perpetual guidance of my mother and grandmother. My other grandpa (my mother’s father) was a born again Christian and had a very aggressive approach to evangelism, but his wrong way guided me also, because I didn’t want to be like that. Since, I have thought much of my judges, and I give thanks to/for them and pray for them—which, to me, is basically any time I think of them with pure love and gratitude and meditate on their well-being with the knowledge of God’s presence(in this way many of us have ‘prayed’ without realizing it was prayer). Let us all give thanks to those who may have been our guides in the dark.

Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens

Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens is a collection of three children’s stories: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, & The Cricket on the Hearth. According to May Lamberton Becker who wrote the introduction for this collection,

“Night after night [Dickens] tramped the dark and silent streets of London, sometimes for as many as fifteen miles, while [A Christmas Carol] lived itself out, scene by scene, before his eyes. Often his eyes were filled with tears; sometimes he laughed aloud and made such extraordinary gestures it was a good thing that sober folks were all in bed.”

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Reading Dickens one can tell he was an advocate for the poor. His father served time in a debtors’ prison, so as a result Dickens was very aware of his accounts and feared debt. He moved his family to Genoa, Italy for a time, because the cost of living was cheaper. I think his stories have helped many people emphasize with the poor and suffering, and in that alone he has done good for the world with his craft. We should all strive to do this.

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Pictured are the first couple sentences of The Chimes—pulls me right in!

The Call of the Lapwing by Howard Jones

Fun adventure story about a boy who goes into town to visit the fair but wanders into a court room where a young girl is being sentenced for practicing witchcraft. In the exciting and suspenseful climax, he rescues her from prison under the cover of night.

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Illustrated hardcover copy from 1961. This story and Jones’ other work, Beware the Hunter! had both been broadcast as plays for the BBC Children’s Hour.

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The book of Hebrews

“As has just been said, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” -Hebrews 3:15

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In the verse above it is referencing Deuteronomy where the Israelites rebelled after they heard the voice of God. Sometimes we do this too. We hear a voice or He guides us—we feel His hand on us but we deny that it is His hand or His voice or that miracles still exist. Then the touch dies away or we get caught up with the things of this world and we forget He is there waiting for us to listen. This verse is telling us to listen this time and not shut the voice out.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I received this book as a Christmas gift from my mother when I was 12 years old. I was excited to read it, though back then I didn’t read often but liked the idea of reading books, haha. I had a nice little collection by the time I graduated high school. I loved the cozy story of these sisters and it takes place in my favorite century—the nineteenth century! Perhaps in a couple years I’ll read it with my daughter. Maybe I’ll take her to the movie first. 🙂 if you swipe you’ll see a view of our Christmas tree this year!