Sunday, March 19, 2006

Books

I just finished a book by Benjamin Levy about learning how to remember names and how important that is. In any job this is important. I meet so many people every night I'm on the road and I've just been terrible at remembering their names. Well, it turns out I'm not actually "bad with names," I just don't have any strategy for remembering them. He likened it to someone who has never had a snow skiing lesson in there life say I'm a bad skier. Well if you haven't learned how to ski of course you are. Anyway, great book. I was able to memorize thirty random words in a specific order with about ten mintues of work after reading the book. THAT IS CRAZY! So yeah, if you think you have a bad memory, check it out!

I'm also re-reading a C.S. Lewis classic, Mere Christianity. I'd like to leave you with a piece of what I read tonight.

"I'm trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Dveil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

2 comments:

Lindsay 3/19/2006 9:25 AM  

You know, that's how a lot of people think of Jesus - as a great humanitarian, but certainly nothing more than that. They probably make such rationalizations because they know they can't deny his actual existence in history, although they would if they could!
The memory-boosting book sounds like a good idea! I have no problem with names, addresses or phone numbers, my weakness is remembering where I put things. I'm constantly losing things or leaving things behind - I've been that way ever since Kindergarten!

Kathryn 3/20/2006 6:32 PM  

i loved that book (Mere Christianity). Yes, some people do think Jesus is great but at arm's length. I've lived a portion of my life with him at arm's length, or even with my back turned to him, but i much prefer living now beside him and in this real relationship where i learn to listen to him, and where i talk to him and he helps me to get over myself and he makes me a better person and gives me hope.

memory building is always a good thing! I find that the nature of my job keeps my brain working pretty hard. . but regardles, there's always room for improvement. With names, i find that once i learn the name it helps me if i keep talking to the person and keep using their name as i talk to them, helps me reinforce the name with the face. or i play games in my mind or rhymes or remember a physical attribute of theirs that helps me remember their name.

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