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About meFollower of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah
Brought to Christ by God through John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress"
Husband of the best woman in the world
Father of five girls and two boys
Grandfather of one girl
Interests: Ancient Chinese Bronzeware, Astronomy, Archaeology, Amber, ... Maps, Mars, the Moon, ... and much besides.

About my libraryComprised of books that have shaped my world view and expanded my understanding of and love for the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and His awe-inspiring creation.

GroupsAbraham Lincoln & Lincolniana, Ancient China, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Beowulf, Calvin and Hobbes, DimSum Thing, Medieval manuscripts, Norse sagas, Oregonians, Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyanshow all groups

Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, Matthew Henry, Hannah Hurnard, Gordon J. Keddie, C. S. Lewis, Elizabeth Moon, Marco Polo, Richard Sibbes, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

Real nameLawrence (Larry) D. Hovee

LocationIndianapolis, Indiana

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Member sinceMay 27, 2007

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Thanks for stopping by! Best of luck on your trip. Regards, Betelgeuse.
Yang! I have a book that I highly recommend to you! It's by Kevin DeYoung called [[Just do something-a liberating approach to finding God's will]]. It's outstanding. If you are anything like me, you have struggled with the concept of being "in the center of God's will" or making sure you were perfectly "doing God's will" over the course of your walk with Christ. This book deals well with these maxims and brings the Scripture and wisdom to bear on how we are to practically live out our Christian lives. We, more often than not, have much more freedom than we think!
I think I picked this one up from WTS( but it's only 120 pages, so you should be able to find it cheap anywhere. Hope you like it and are as encouraged as I was reading it.
Thanks for the paper reference on the Chinese characters. I just downloaded it and look forward to reading it. It is amazing how a good book can touch so many lives.

I love the moment near the end of Pilgrim's Progress when Christian is crossing the River to enter into the Celestial City. But as he steps in the river, his faith begins to fail him for fear as he begins to sink into the cold, dark waters. But Christian has a companion with him named Hopeful. Hopeful helps Christian to stand and boldly tells him, “Be of good cheer, my brother; I feel the bottom, and it is good.” At this, Christian recovers his faith and passes safely through the waters to the Celestial City. It reminds me of how Christians should encourage one another, for when one has felt the bottom, he can build up the other that the bottom is good.

Blessings, Mickey
Thank you, Larry! It's always encouraging to hear such words.

Hey yanguy,

Sorry I've waited so long to respond. I remember reading Bunyan as a teenager and being astounded at the way he could see inside my experience a couple hundred years before I was born. A few years later, I read what became my favorite of Bunyan's work, The Holy War. I remember being moved to tears at the Father's love for me that He would pay the ultimate price and then come, in His Kingdom, to fellowship with me for eternity.

God bless your pilgrimage!


Do you have, or do you know where I might locate, a copy of Jon Hughes' book "The Book of Psalms fo Singing-Concordance. Please contace me directly at:
Hi yangguy---Love your picture. When did you first hear about John Bunyan? What an amazing work PP is. Great for children all the way up to older people. Yes, the Puritans did have their emphasis on godly living, sometimes sounding like one could ultimately fall away, but if most of them mirror John Owen who wrote "Christians are forever" then we know that isn't the truth. Good stuff. Take care and keep reading.
Hey again!
Whewy its been a while! Sounds like a lot was happening with you! Secret Santa's and people from Turkey, or Instanbul, and all that jazz! How in the world did he meet someone from there? Christmas was absolutely great up here in Canada...Dan spoiled me WAY too much...he bought me 8 books and a ton of chocolate! Just add coffee and there is no better combo! Just when things are settling down everything is picking up. I'm saying a tearful good-by to all the snow, as March is here now...I'm turning 19 soon which is rather scary. My last "teen" year! Dan's busy season is looming up, soon it will be long work days from him and lonely ones for me *sniff sniff* he'll be working 5-10 nearly every day of the week. I'll need plenty of hot meals and sudsy baths ready for him! We are saving up for a house- though house hunting has really been a corker so far. Every time we find one that I love there is something really wrong with it- so bad there is no point in buying it. Oi. Ah well, just gotta keep praying and my little house will come along. What has been happening with you since Christmas? I've tried baking bread- I am now resolved to cheat and buy a bread maker...i yi yi that did NOT turn out well ;)...but that's how you learn! Anyways if you have time between scorpions I hope you can drop a line!
ever blonde;
I forgot to mention that my 15 year old is studying architecture.
Thanks for your message - it was lovely to hear about some of your favorite books. Some of your kids sound like mine - especially the Tolkien loving ones. My oldest (now 15) once tried to teach herself Quenya - the elven language from Tolkien. :)
Hey! Wow it sure has been a while, sounds like you and your family have had an exciting year so far! A scorpion in your bedroom...oh my word! How did that turn out? As for Dan :D We knew eachother from Camp YES...but he never really talked to me because for some reason he thought I was way younger than I am...he added me on Facebook and found out my real age so now I get to bug him about that a bit...We are married now, just this past spring in May! Not a big wedding, really small just like I have always wanted :D...He likes reading- which is great..I figured out how to make clothes, after many futile attempts along with banging my head against the table...I've found Dan hates doing dishes, he's found I hate doing laundry. Right now we are getting ready for Christmas- shopping and stuff! This saturday I'm singing 6 songs for our church's Christmas banquet...don't know how that is going to go...Of course I have a new stuffed animal to add to the family...he's a pink fuzzy chubby stuffed pig! And his name is George...we went to a park one time and I got all wet and sore trying to catch a duck named Sanderson...ducks don't like being chased. Everyone up in Canada is pretty worried about the coalition deal right now...a bit of political turmoil...we'll see how the Governor General rules! What else is new with you? excited about Christmas?
ever blonde;
Thank you for your comments. I am glad my tagging system was helpful to you. I sometimes wonder if I spend too much time developing and explaining it.
On medieval English verse, my personal favorite collection is the one by Silverstein.
Hi Larry,

To answer your question, perhaps you can start reading this recent author interview I did with the Georgia Asian Times and you'll see my view on The Art of War and how it can help humankind:
Hello Larry. Thanks for your message. I suppose the best way to start our conversation is if you have any questions about The Art of War or about my book. For example, is there a concept you always have trouble understanding?
I am so sorry for the belated comment... It's almost a year overdue, yikes. I haven't checked my LibraryThing in ages, so I'm going to have to update it a lot, and honestly, I had no idea LibraryThing had a commenting system... Oy vey! Thank you very much for the encouraging comment, I greatly appreciate it. I also encourage your family to continue along the path of righteousness, and I pray your family continues homeschooling! It is a blessing, for sure.

(Apologies, I'm usually slightly more eloquent, I have a headcold at the moment! :( )

hey! Hope you had an awesome Christmas and are enjoying the New Year!!! I had a wonderful Christmas. Thats really interesting about my name, actually I don't know much about it except that it is in the Bible...2 Kings or something like that. How was your Christmas? I was pretty spoiled this a ton of books from my boyfriend, and my parents, and well...everyone else ;) Have an amazing spectacular day!!!
Dear yangguy, I think it's awesome about your son's trip to Uganda and interest in Construction Management, particularly in Africa. When I did my Peace Corps stint one of my main projects was school development (and securing the funds for it), such as building of a water catchment tank, school electrification, and so on. It was very rewarding because we had kids who woke up extremely early to fetch water and firewood and walk a great distance to school, who'd then go home after school and do chores, then voluntarily return by foot at night just so they could take advantage of hours of electrification to study by, such was their desire to learn.

For putting book covers on my profile page, I got the instructions from the LT Group GreyHead's frequently asked questions, and I will try to put a link to it here:

Also the LT user pivox is very helpful about layout details if you want to make it more complex than mine. God bless you and your family! - ER (p.s. saw the DVD Pilgrim's Progress--I liked it, stars Liam Neeson (sp?) before he became famous).
wow sorry if I'm late getting back to you! I've been working at a camp for 5 weeks so everything is pretty backlogged! As for Rupert Robert and Larry...well...I tend to name things with oldish names like that. There is also William- another cow, Bill, the rubber duck, Hezekiah the fish and...well...I can go on really...but I just love those kinds of names! :P Someday I'm gonna have a cat and name him Brutus. Anyways...yeah lol:P Wow your kids are all over the place! Are they missionaries? Lots been happening this summer I haven't been able to keep up with it all!! Oh and this is a bit off topic but I finally got a copy of Pilgrim's Progress! So today is a spectacular day! Anyways I have a ton of homework to do and its only first day and all hokie doodle so see ya later!!!!
ever blonde;
Hey yangguy! Thanks for leaving a comment! Yes, we share 16 beautiful books! You're a C.S. Lewis Reader toooo!!! GREAT! You know what? I'm one of the leaders of the official CS Lewis society in my country, the Philippines. We call it "The Philippine Order of Narnians". You should go on and visit our site!

It's nice that there are lots of us here who are readers and not just that... but "substantial" readers. One must be careful of reading the RIGHT books. hehehe.

ANyways! God bless Yangguy!!! :D
HEYA! Thanks for stoppin by! Yeah I am an avid read of "the professor" (Tolkien) and CS Lewis...they are two of my most FAVORITE authors. I loved Narnia when I was a kid, and was introduced to Middle-earth when I was 13. They are amazing books...Pilgrim's Progress is, to me, the best devotional/christian book ever written besides the Bible. I don't think a better will ever be written. I always read the children's version when I was little and was totally fascinated by Apollyon! Anyways gotta go, thanks for commentin and God bless! Make sure you laugh today!
ps Actually, I still cannot remember my last name. It does not begin with a 'C' though, because that would stand for my middle name hahahaha...Ah well. I'll remember sometime, I'm sure. And it doesn't really matter anyways...
I've never been too fussy about inks. The two dealers I've discussed with have recommended Parker's Quink and Omas. The Parker is rather more affordable and probably my first choice. Both of these dealers warned against Parker's Penman (which I think is discontinued anyway).

Quink, Omas, Skrip, Watermanns ... I've been happy with 'em all. Coincidentally, I recently found following website with much interesting commentary ...

Worth a few minutes if curious. Enjoy.
Thanks for connecting. I've backed into more than one prickly pear in my life, since I used to do research on a wild population of prickly pears. I also spent many hours picking spines out of fingers, arms, chin, etc. with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. But there were plenty of compensations -- seeing bees dive into the mass of stamens to get nectar stored at the base of the petals, or tossing a ripe prickly-pear fruit to a desert tortoise and watching as she wolfed it down. I wish you well.
Thanks for stopping by. I've never seen the play at Oberammergau but I saw a fairly elaborate production up here in the Northwest a few years ago. They had a large permanent outdoor set with live animals (camels, even!) and chariots. I picked up my copy of the book at a used book sale soon after.

And yes, my Northwest collection is pretty extensive. I love the outdoors and wander all over.

I appreciate your encouraging testimony of God's grace in your life. I just purchased the Bruised Reed by Sibbes and The Crook in the Lot by Boston! I'm really looking forward to reading them.
Dear yangguy,

There are a couple of ways you can use Chinese characters in your writing. One way is to open the character map in Accessories (if you are using windows -- I don't know about any other OS) and look for them. You need to know what you are looking for, but I'm sure the most common words are there.

You can also go to and get their Chinese word processor. This is what I use. You used to be able to try before you buy. It's been a while since I got mine, so I don't know if they still do that.

I must say that, although I have the book, I have not yet read it. It is either one of my husband's books or was given to me. It is one I look forward to reading, though.

Um... I think I need to check out "Garfield in Norwegian." That would be one of my son's books, but Norwegian is probably a mistake. Icelandic, maybe, but it's not likely Norwegian. :-)
Hi yangguy, thanks for saying hello. Pilgrim's Progress is a classic, of course, and Bunyan led an amazing life.
Thanks for your message. I have a few Sheaffers too. Are you sure the trim on yours is not gold-filled ... I think that's more typical? In recent years a "Lifetime" from the 30s or 40s was my first choice but using it all the time I eventually dropped it. So now it's back to the Parker 51! Probably sixty years or more old - and with the nib out of alignment - this pen is still a joy to use!
Larry,Good to hear from you about Bunyan and Tolkein. Two of my favorites...but my MOST favorite is CS Lewis. I too love all the ancient languages. Latin especially! Augustine, Calvin and the Church fathers are becoming very close companions. The traditional Anglican church is where I fellowship. Happy 4th of July,
Hi Yangguy!
Thank you for your encouraging post. I actually didn't get julesnpebbles from Hind's Feet. My nickname is Jules and I used to call my daughter "Pebbles" when she was a baby so my username always ended up being julesnpebbles. Now that I have 4 'pebbles' I haven't bothered to change my name. I thank you for pointing out that it comes from such a wonderful book though! Blessings, Jules
Hey good catch about my username and thanks for your testimony. Barry Horner (who is coming out with a groundbreaking book, Future Israel, on another topic next month) has a bunch of Bunyan stuff on his website (, but since I never could figure out how to read books scrolling down on Adobe too well, I think I'm going to just buy his book Pilgrim's Progress Themes and Issues since I want to go deeper into the book. It's gonna be cool to meet Bunyan in heaven. Well, nice meeting you and blessings to the entire "clan." - ER
Glad you were able to find the site. Perhaps we can have some additional conversations about stuff like this. Great user name!
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