eBooks are Cool

I didn’t think electronic books were that neat until I had a Kindle.  The problem I used to have with ebooks is that they were only on a computer.  Computer screens used to be a lot more expensive and you couldn’t hold them like a book, at least not when I first considered ebooks.  Things are totally different now.  You don’t even need to buy a Kindle to read Kindle books on a computer, and computers today you do hold in your hand.  There are Kindle apps for the various tablet computers and for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.  On top of that you can still read Kindle books on your Mac or Windows computer.   That brings up one of the coolest features.

Because you can install a Kindle app almost everywhere, you can actually have your library almost everywhere!  Can you imagine trying to take 20 books with you everywhere you go?  Kindle makes 200 or even 2000 books easy to take with you almost anywhere you go.  I still think that Amazon has the best device for me, though.

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a battery that lasts weeks on end.  Not only that, the screen it uses is “front lit” not back lit.  It feels much more like reading a book in black and white, than reading a cell phone screen, for instance.  It’s also a bigger reading area than a cell phone; more like the reading area of a paperback book.  Another neat thing is how easy it is to get new books.

The bookstore is built into your free Kindle app.  Anywhere you are with your computer and a connection to the Internet, you can buy a new book.  That means you can buy a book and start reading when you are waiting for something.  From waiting in line at a government agency, to waiting for your next flight, you can redeem your time by “going” to the bookstore and buying a new book.

Another major thing I like about the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the free data plan.  Yes, I said free.  The Kindle Paperwhite only needs “3G” data because it is primarily a book reading device.  3G data is, evidently, cheap enough now that they can actually sell it to you for the cost of your Kindle and the books you buy naturally.  You get to connect to the Kindle store and to your Kindle library, anywhere that you have a connection to the 3G cellular system and for no monthly fee!  That makes the Kindle Paperwhite one of the most valuable electronic devices to me.  I read for hours and I don’t mind having a device that I use for that purpose alone.

I could go on, and I might do that more in some other post.  I think you get the idea.  I think ebooks are cool.

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Wisdom and the West

The word “Philosophy” when literally translated means “lover of wisdom.”  Being a philosopher is a good thing in that sense, according to the Bible.  Here’s what the Bible says in Proverbs:

Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father;

Proverbs 29:3a

The western world has a big problem, though.  What they call “philosophy” isn’t what the Bible says is philosophy.  The problem has to do with the word “Wisdom” that the philosopher is supposed to be loving.

According to the Bible, “Wisdom” means something very specific.  Wisdom starts with believing in God.  That’s what the Bible says.

The fear of Yahweh. is the beginning of knowledge;
but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

Obviously, you must start at the beginning, and to begin you must fear God.  It’s difficult to fear God when you don’t even believe in Him.  So, what does “Wisdom” call a person or a nation that doesn’t believe in God?  Well that’s here too.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

Psalm 14:1a

Now, that’s pretty strait-forward, don’t you think?  But that’s not all, it also says this:

There is no wisdom nor understanding
nor counsel against Yahweh.

Proverbs 21:30

Remember, Yahweh, is a representation of the biblical name of God.  “Yahweh” is the God of the Bible not the God of any other religion.  What the Bible is saying is that anyone who doesn’t start out believing in the God of the Bible, can’t be wise.  There is nothing “progressive” about throwing the Bible away.  If the western world doesn’t go back to the God of the Bible, foolishness is all that is left.