The Long Room🇮🇪 in Dublin, Ireland

As part of the Trinity College expedition in Dublin, we walked through the highly impressive Long Room. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first edition books that I told you about at the castle (HERE), this was a vast college and beyond what I could have imagined as a book lover. There are many invaluable elements contained within this extraordinary room, and countless busts of famous writers and philosophers are located throughout the Old Library building. Everyone from Aristotle, Homer, Isaac Newton, Plato and Shakespeare greet you while perusing the titles at a distance.Originally built in the 1700’s, this library is classified as “one of the most impressive libraries in the world”. Just walking through it made me feel smarter😄! I also felt compelled to read many more books per year, start a book club, discuss the great writers with my peers…but, alas, we eventually had to fly home and go to work! I’m lucky if I get through a book every other month :/. If you are a reader or book-lover at all, you would enjoy this room immensely. “The main chamber of the Old Library is what is considered The Long Room at nearly 65 metres in length” (213 feet for us Americans).

I suppose the academic and perpetual student in me rose up on this particular day. The small library at Blairquhan Castle and this extraordinary sight of books📚in The Long Room were two “indoor” highlights of my European trip. The “outside” countryside in both Ireland and Scotland captured my heart – my daughters felt the same way. But, here is one final photo (from the internet) of The Long Room – view from above:

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The Blairquhan Castle🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

If I could capture the “feel” of this castle in words, I would. I’m neither talented enough, nor do I think I can convey the warmth and elegance of the interior. For such an enormous setting, those who refurbished this exceptional landmark provided a welcoming, warm, relaxing yet regal and elegant experience for those of us privileged enough to visit and stay for a few days. I can’t begin to tell you how delighted I was to explore the library! Those books you see below? Many were first editions!

Here are just a few captures of the Blairquhan Castle: (If you have the interest, I encourage you to click on the blue link to see professional photos which are far superior to mine below!)   


31 Days to Happiness

After several years of listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on the radio, I was excited to read his new book, 31 Days to Happiness, How to Find What Really Matters in Life. What will give us the peace that nothing else can? The answer of course, is a relationship with God.

Using the book of Ecclesiastes, and countless real-world examples to illustrate his points, Dr. Jeremiah takes us through the life of King David’s son, Solomon. Although Solomon may have had more of everything than we do: wealth, fame, power, etc., his struggles largely resemble our struggles. Life is hard and we are frustrated. So, we attempt to comfort ourselves in a variety of ways.

We have a tendency to try and fill our need for God with excellence in our work, relationships with others, through entertainment, and many other distractions that cannot satisfy in us what only God can. While we enjoy what this world has to offer, Jeremiah shows through Ecclesiastes, that despite all achievements and pursuits, our right relationship with God is where the only true contentment can be found during our earthly existence.

Although I enjoyed the book, I also believe that the message could have been just as powerfully conveyed with a smaller volume. The text ends at 321 pages, which eventually feels very lengthy.

A fitting conclusion to this review is a quote from Chapter 19: Dr. Jeremiah states that, “God’s way may be the hard way, but it is always the high road…”

(In exchange for the book, BookSneeze has requested that I give an honest review.)