Missing Pages (Books That Helped Me Through Life) Part 2

For those looking for answers or just looking I recommend that you check out the following books.These are not necessarily in the order in which you should read them. That is up to you. These were books that were omitted from my previous post. Sorry.

 

Title Publisher Author, Translator, Editor If Any
JPS Tanakh (Hebrew-English) Jewish Publication Society  
The Lost Books of the Bible and Forgotten Books of Eden Thomas Nelson Publishing  
James The Brother of Jesus Penguin Robert Eisenman

 

I will add a few more when I can find them.  And yes, I have read each and every one of these books. In fact some of these selections more than once, hazard of getting old. You have to refresh your memory.
I have actually read the Bible twenty six times from cover to cover in more than one version. There are those who say no one has ever done this. I say they are crazy however; My Father read the King James Bible from Cover to Cover seven times and could recite each and every scripture without looking. I did not inherit the ability to remember as well as he could.

The Pages That Guided Me This Far In Life

Looking for some heavy reading or to become enlightened or obtained knowledge you might want to read my recommendations below.

For those looking for answers or just looking I recommend that you check out the following books.
These are not necessarily in the order in which you should read them. That is up to you. I find these books still helpful today and use them in my everyday life. Especially working with others. We are a country of many faiths and it takes understanding to narrow the gap. I must say there are two books that are not on this list that I have read but I would only say that you read them if you are strong in what you believe. You have to really be strong or these two books can be a real negative for you. So with caution I tell you the name of these books. “The Satanic Bible” and “The Witches Bible.”

 

Title Publisher Author, Translator, Editor If Any
Great Dialogues  Of Plato Signet Classics Translated by W.H.D. Rouse
Paradise Lost Barnes & Noble Classics John Milton
The Aeneid Barnes & Noble Classics Vergil
The City of God Barnes & Noble Library of Essential  Reading Saint Augustine
Inferno Barnes & Noble Signature Series Dante
Autobiography of a Yogi Self-Realization Fellowship Paramahansa Yogananda
The Works of Philo Hendrickson Publishers Translated by C.D. Yonge
Josephus The Complete Works Nelsons Super Value Series Translated by William Whiston, A.M.
Eusebius Ecclesiastical History Hendrickson Publishers Translated by C. F. Cruse
The Secret Teachings of All Ages Penguin Manly P. Hall
The New American Bible Revised Edition Fireside Catholic Publishing  
A New Systematic Theology of The Christian Faith Thomas Nelson Dr. Robert L. Reymond
The Holy Qur’ān Ahmadiyyah Anjuman Isha’at Islam Maulana Muhammad Ali
Of Late Antiquity Religions In Practice Princeton Reading In Religions Editor Richard Valantasis
Confession Barnes & Noble Classics Saint Augustine
The World’s Religion Harper San Francisco Huston Smith
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls In English Penguin Geza Vermes
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures (The revised and Updated Translation Of Sacred Gnotic Text Complete In One Volume Harper One Edited by Marvin Meyer Advisory Board Wolf-Peter Funk, Paul-Hubert Poirier James M. Robinson. Introduction by Elaine H. Pagels
The Gnostic Bible New Seeds Edited by, Willis Barnstone & Marvin Meyer
King James Study Bible Nelson Publishing  

 

I will add a few more when I can find them.  And yes, I have read each and every one of these books. In fact some of these selections more than once, hazard of getting old. You have to refresh your memory.
I have actually read the Bible twenty six times from cover to cover in more than one version. There are those who say no one has ever done this. I say they are crazy however; My Father read the King James Bible from Cover to Cover seven times and could recite each and every scripture without looking. I did not inherit the ability to remember as well as he could.

Thank You and Happy Reading

I Am

I am not a robot following commands.
I am a person of strong convictions.
I am not a violent person.
I believe peace can be achieved.

I am not a greedy person.
I believe that wealth breeds corruption.
I am not a war monger.
I believe we can work thing out.

I am not blameless.
I have my faults.
I am not free to insults.
I will walk away.

I am not free of hate.
I believe I can free myself of hate.
I am not heartless.
I can love all.

I am not the person you think I am.
I am and always have been strong in faith.
I am not a doubter.
I am a spreader of Good News.

I am not a monster to be afraid of.
I would not hurt a fly.
I am not a mold of society.
I am me and I walk my own road.

I do not believe in fairy tales.
I believe in my heart.
I do not keep secrets.
I am an open book.

I am not God.
I would not pretend to be.
I am not an Angel.
That would be pretending to be God.

I am always here.
I am always caring.
I am always loving.
I am always there for you.
I am the one who will hold you while you cry.
I am the who will listen.
I am the person that smiles at you each day.
I am all of this and more.

I am not.
Yet I am.
That was yesterday.
And this is today.
I am not yesterday.
I am now.

I am not.
Yet I am.

I am.
Are you?

Not Always Do They Come

Some days more than others the words do not come to me.

Because of this I can not always post what I would like to.
I have another passion that I wish to share as I have studied this for many years because my Nieces Father was almost a full blooded “Native American.” And History as the way I was taught does not show the real picture about Native Americans and how they were treated and the result of that treatment. So I am posting my YouTube Video that I just put together. Full of great pictures and a little information. It is more of an awareness video. To get your attention. I hope it does. Peace To All.

The Grove

I walked through a grove.
A grove of hero’s.
The white stones all in a row.

Upon these stones,
Names of those buried there.
Where they served.
When they died.
And the rank they held when they died.

A tiny Cross on some.
The Star of David on others.
A small flag waves in the breeze.
The silence here is haunting.

These stones stand tall and straight.
They bore no fruit.
They only told a small story.
One of a  Soldier who lays now in the ground.

I stop and salute as I pass each stone.
A child ask me why I saluted each stone.
I could only say that it was my way to honor those here.
He said he understood.

As he walked away I saw him saluting the stones.
I knelt down and ask God to protect the young child.
So that they would never know the story told in this grove.
That this grove only grows as those who serve die and come home.

As I walked away I heard a voice behind me.
The voice seemed as if it was in a tunnel.
It said “Bless You Comrade.”
I turned and no one was there.

Sleep Comrade your peaceful sleep.
Dream of times without wars or hate.
Hope for the country that sent you here.
Wait for someday we will see you again.

As I got in my car to leave I felt a hand.
It took my shoulder and held tight.
A whisper in my ear.
And it was gone.

I walked through a grove today.
A grove of Graves.
A grove of Hero’s.
A Comrade In Arms.
A soul of humanity.

Yes, I walked through that grove today.
And there I will stay.
For I am only one story.
My stone tells my short story.
And I will be here forever.

That is the grove of my friends.
That is the grove where I live.
The Grove of the Dead.

For What I Leave You

I am sorry for what I leave you.
This broken world we live in.
I am sorry for the hate.
The ones who will point at you.

I am sorry for the air.
We just could not admit we were wrong.
I am sorry for the water.
We dump everything into the earth.

I am sorry for the pain.
You will feel one day.
I am sorry for the lost Love.
That I can not be there to give.

I am sorry for the wars.
Man can never stop fighting.
I am sorry for the animals.
Others could not understand.

I am sorry that I left you.
But God took my hand.
I am sorry that you are sad.
But one day you will see me again.

I am sorry that life seems not fair.
Some do not believe.
I am sorry for the terror.
Even when it comes in your sleep.

I am sorry for everything.
We left this place worse than we found it.
I am sorry my dear boys.
That Grandpa could not help.

I am sorry someday you will realize.
The things that I write today.
I am sorry for myself.
Because I waited to late to help.

I Love You Very Much.
Know that this is true.
Your Mother knows this love.
For she has share it too.

 

Love
Grandpa

Kids

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Daughter Of Mine

When I first looked into your big brown eyes.
I knew the world was about to change.
Even a small as you were.
You would cause many tears.
Tears of Joy and Love.

I knew we would fight.
I knew there would be times you would not like me.
But I knew that I would always Love You.
That I would watch over and protect you.
Even when you did not want me to.

You started school and I cried.
You played in sports and I cried.
You had a boyfriend and I was scared.
You grew up to fast and I cried. 
You were still my little girl.

You went to a dance and I watched.
As you went from a child you a young woman.
I became selfish and wanted my little girl back.
God had other plans for this wonderful child.

Time flew by and one day you were married.
And I cried.
You had your babies and I cried.
I look and now you are woman.
Working hard to make your life.
And I cried.

I miss the music, the singing and dancing.
I miss your voice each day.
I miss your big brown eyes.
Making Daddy melt, and yes, you got your way.
And that made me cry.

No matter how old you get.
No matter how far away you may be.
I will always love you.
And I will cry.
Not tears of sorrow but of joy.

You see when they put you in my arms that day.
I became something that I never dreamed I would be.
I became a Father and Protector of this small child.
There was no manual of instructions so we did our best.
Now that child is a Mother, Provider of Love and Care.

Melanie, when you were born, God gave me another chance.
A chance to show that I can love as much as he does.
As he is our Father, I am yours too.
And without a doubt you are the greatest daughter in the world.

And I am crying.
Not of sorrow but of Joy.

I Will Always Love You as I told you many years ago.
Proud and full of joy that God gave me you.
And I will Cry.
Not of sorrow but of Joy.

My brown eyed little girl is a woman now.
In joy I cry for the happiness you have given me.
In joy I cry for the memories I have of you.
In joy I will cry, just for you.

Melanie, I Love You.

Dad

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