Three for Free: Kindle Books

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  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post.  And yet, still some duds slip through on occasion.  Please do your own due diligence.  I’m your book bird-dog, not your brain.

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Amiel’s Journal: The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel
This looks so interesting I downloaded it for myself.
Amazon Reader Review: This book is for the discriminating reader that appreciates virtue. I could never do it justice in these brief words. I love this work and I am very grateful that it came to be. It almost didn’t since it was published after Amiel’s death, by his friends to whom Amiel left his work. A very personal and beautiful journal, full of wonderful insights into Life, the nature of things, the human condition, etc. I love Amiel. What an honest man.

 

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O, Pioneers, by Willa Cather
I’ve read this, and I loved it.

From an Amazon Reader Review: I have rediscovered the brilliance of Cather’s writing. In the heroine, Alexandra Bergson, Cather offered up a woman who conquered not only the untamed hardscrabble Nebraska landscape but also the rock-strewn acreage of her family and her own long-deferred longings. The tale of one of heart-breaking inspiration – stubbornness bumping up against a more enlightened determination. Alexandra proved to be more solid and capable than any of her male relatives.

Cather draws from the deep well of her own experience growing up on the Nebraska prairie, painting a nuanced portrait of the interplay among the ethnic groups that came seeking their fortunes- the Swedes, Norwegians, Bohemians and French. The interplay of triumph and tragedy makes for a powerful dramatic arc, and kept me reading far into the night to find out the fate of characters I had come to care about. Ninety-nine years after this story was first published, “O Pioneers” still speaks to the pioneer spirit that still stirs in many of us.

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Gesta Romanorum, or, Entertaining stories invented by the monks as a fire-side recreation and commonly applied in their discourses from the pulpit (this one is .99 at Amazon, but free at archive.org, along with other versions of the same book translated by others, such as one by William Morris and a few by Thomas Swann)

Here is a random excerpt:
OF THE LIFE OF ALEXIUS, SON OF THE SENATOR EUFEMIAN (I think this is an error in the archive.org version)

IN the reign of one of the Roman Emperors, lived a youth, named Alexius, the son of Eufemian, a noble Roman, at that time the chief ornament of the emperor’s court. He was attended by a band of three thousand youths, girded with golden zones, and habited in silken vestures. His expenditure was princely. He daily maintained three tables, to which the widow and the orphan were ever welcome.
Their necessities were often supplied by his own person ; and at the ninth hour, in company with other devout men, he sat down to dinner. His wife, whose name was Abael, was as religious and charitable as himself.

But there is ever some bitterness mixed up with the draught of human joy; and in the midst of so much splendour, the want of a successor was long a source of unavailing affliction. At length their prayers were heard ;
Heaven, in its benevolence, blessed them with a son, who was carefully instructed in all the polite learning of the period. Arriving at the
age of manhood, he proved himself an acute and solid reasoner. But reason is no barrier against love; he became attached to a lady of the blood-royal, and with the consent of their friends was united to her. On the very
evening of their nuptials, when the clamour of the feast had subsided, the pious youth commenced a theological disquisition, and strove with much force and earnestness to impress his bride with the fear and love of God. When he had concluded, recommending her to pre- serve the same modesty of demeanour for which she had always been distinguished, he consigned to the care of a servant his gold….

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Bonus free book, since the 3rd book above is .99 if you purchase it through Amazon: The Following of the Star, by Florence Barclay
It was one of the top selling novels in England in November of 1912. Here is a blurb about the book from 1912:
“The love story of a young missionary and a rich woman who marries him because she wishes to give money to the church, but can give money only to her husband.”

Amazon Reader Review: Sometimes a beautiful love relationship develops from respect or from having christian beliefs. David and Diana are married because Diana needs to satisfy the terms of a codicil to her uncle’s will. They meet during xmas season when David is preaching at the local church and Diane identifies him as the person who would exactly fit and meet the conditions for the type of marriage she wants. With a husband who is a dedicated missionary to Africa in poor health it seems that they will never live as man and wife. This suits Diana perfectly as she has no intention of falling in love. David’s preaching, his love of God, his tender heart are all attractions which slowly change Diana’s firm resolve. This is a must read to discover how the elements of gold, frankincense and myrrh are woven into the narrative. All three mingled together with pain, self -denial and eventually bliss produce the kind of love that is sweetest, tenderest, and most enduring. “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning”.

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless.  Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal.  And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books.  Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already.   If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.   Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.  Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices.  Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

To organize the books on your kindle

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Exercising Creativity Muscles

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Isaac Watts, cont.

Previously

III. There are some general mistakes which persons are frequently guilty of in passing a judgment on the books which they read.

One is this; when a treatise is written but tolerably well, we are ready to pass a favourable judgment of it, and sometimes to exalt its character far beyond its merit, if it agree with our own principles, and support the opinions of our party.

On the other hand, if the author be of different sentiments, and espouse contrary principles, we can find neither wit nor reason, good sense, nor good language in it; whereas, alas! if our opinions of things were certain and infallible truth, yet a silly author may draw his pen in the defence of them, book itself regularly, then by the titles of chapters we may be directed to peruse several particular chapters or sections, and observe whether there be any thing valuable or important in them. We shall find hereby whether the author explains his ideas clearly, whether he reasons strongly, whether he methodizes well, whether his thought and sense be manly, and his manner polite; or, on the other hand, whether he be obscure, weak, trifling, and confused; or, finally, whether the matter may not be solid and substantial, though the style and manner be rude and disagreeable.

III. There are some general mistakes which persons are frequently guilty of in passing a judgment on the books which they read. One is this; when a treatise is written but tolerably well, we are ready to pass a favourable judgment of it, and sometimes to exalt its character far beyond its merit, if it agree with our own principles, and support the opinions of our party. On the other hand, if the author be of different sentiments, and espouse contrary principles, we can find neither wit nor reason, good sense, nor good language in it; whereas, alas! if our opinions of things were certain and infallible truth, yet a silly author may draw his pen in the defence of them, and ridiculous arguments. Truth in this world is not always attended and supported by the wisest and safest methods; and error, though it can never be maintained by just reasoning, yet may be artfully covered and de fended. An ingenious writer may put excellent colours upon his own mistakes.

Some Socinians who deny the Atonement of Christ, have written well, and with much appearance of argument for their own unscriptural senti ments; and some writers for the Trinity and Satisfaction of Christ, have exposed themselves and the sacred doc trine by their feeble and foolish manner of handling it. Books are never to be judged of merely by their subject, or the opinion they represent, but by the justness of their sentiment, the beauty of their manner, the force of their expression, or the strength of reason, and the weight of just and proper argument which appears in them. But this folly and weakness of trifling, instead of arguing, does not happen to fall only to the share of Christian writers; there are some who have taken the pen in hand to support the Deistical or Antichristian scheme of our days, who make big pretences to reason upon all occasions, but seem to have left it all behind them when they are jesting with the Bible, and grinning at the books which we call sacred. Some of these performances would scarce have been thought tolerable, if they had not assaulted the Chris tian faith, though they have now grown up to a place amongst the admired pens.

I much question whether several of the rhapsodies called the Characteristics, would ever have survived the first edition, if they had not discovered so strong a tincture of infidelity, and now and then cast out a profane sneer at our holy religion. I have sometimes indeed been ready to wonder how a book, in the main so loosely written, should ever obtain so many readers among men of sense. Surely they must be conscious in the perusal, that sometimes a patrician may write as idly as a man of plebeian rank, and trifle as much as an old school-man, though it is in another form. I am forced to say, there are few books that ever I read, which made any pretences to a great genius, from which I derived so little valuable know ledge as from these treatises. There is indeed amongst them a lively pertness, a parade of literature, and much of what some folks nowadays call politeness; but it is hard that we should be bound to admire all the reveries of this author under the penalty of being unfashionable.

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Rinktum Tiddy, Simple Supper Recipe from 1922

soup bowlRinktum Tiddy, says the original author of the Good Housekeeping article,  was served to her at a little hotel in the Maine woods when on a trouting expedition.  How to make it:

Heat one pint of canned tomatoes and add one teaspoonful of salt (0ptional), one teaspoonful of sugar or 1/2 tsp molasses,  one eighth teaspoonful of pepper, a dash of cayenne, and one tablespoonful of chopped onion. When hot melt in it one half pound of cheese, grated, adding it gradually while stirring constantly. (this is important, don’t boil the cheese).  When smooth add one teaspoonful of butter and one beaten egg stirring all the while.

Serve on slices of hot buttered toast or hot crackers.

Adapted slightly from a 1922 Good Housekeeping recipe for Sunday Supper

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Free Kindle Reads

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  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post.  And yet, still some duds slip through.

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Mornings in the College Chapel Short Addresses to Young Men on Personal Religion
by Francis Greenwood Peabody
In case you’re wondering what happened, Peabody was almost certainly one of the reasons for the replacement of Christianity in America with Social Justice as sufficient religion.

After a brief time as chaplain and teacher at Antioch College in Ohio, Peabody served as minister at the First Parish in Cambridge, a Unitarian church. In 1880, Peabody became a lecturer on ethics and homiletics at Harvard Divinity School. He subsequently served as the Parkman Professor of Theology (1881–1886), Preacher to the University (1886–1906), Plummer Professor of Christian Morals (1886–1912), and Dean of the Divinity School (1901–1906).

Although Peabody strongly influenced the religious, moral, and philosophical climate of Harvard as the University Preacher and Plummer Professor, his most enduring achievement was his introduction of the study of social ethics to the Divinity School and Harvard College. Peabody’s social ethics courses stressed the need to study the religious and social implications stimulated by industrialization, and he championed social-science methodology, the case study method, and liberal interpretations of the New Testament. In his teaching, preaching, and writing, Peabody characterized Christianity as a religion that required Christians to act as agents of social change, de-emphasizing personal salvation in favor of social action. He also used photography to document social problems and strengthen support for social reform. (more here)
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Twinkle and Chubbins Their Astonishing Adventures in Nature-Fairyland, by L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz Baum)

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A Virginia Scout by Hugh Pendexter
Wikipedia says: Hugh Pendexter (born 1875) was an American journalist, novelist, screenwriter. Pendexter began his career as a humorous writer; some of this early work was anthologised in Mark Twain’s book, Library of Humor and Wit.[1] Pendexter’s main body of fiction consisted of historical novels and Westerns for such publications as Adventure and Argosy. [2] Pendexter was known for his detailed research when writing fiction; his stories were “often accompanied with extensive reading lists of the books that were used in writing the story”.[3] Pendexter’s novel, Kings of the Missouri, about fur trading and the founding of St. Louis, is regarded by some critics as his best work.[4]

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Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War, by Talbot
From the preface:
Ever since the earliest days of the great conquest of the air, first by the dirigible balloon and then by the aeroplane, their use in time of war has been a fruitful theme for discussion. But their arrival was of too recent a date, their many utilities too unexplored to provide anything other than theories, many obviously untenable, others avowedly problem atical. Yet the part airships have played in the Greatest War has come as a surprise even to their most con vinced advocates. For every expectation shattered, they have shown a more than compensating possi bility of usefulness. In this volume an endeavour has been made to record their achievements, under the stern test of trial, as an arm of war, and to explain, in untechnical language, the many services to which they have been and may be applied.

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless.  Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal.  And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books.  Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already.   If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.   Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.  Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices.  Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

To organize the books on your kindle

Thanks for reading!

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