What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Back in Seminary School....
Anyway, back then, in another life, I read Elaine Pagels. So I was very interested when I saw that her new book was on hoopla and then I saw that she was on Fresh Air and I listened and then I listened to the book and it was excellent. Why Religion?: A Personal Story is, indeed, a personal one. She writes about her husband, Heinz, who was killed in a hiking accident shortly after the death of there son.
We have some similarities in our spiritual journy! I mean, not exactly, her parents were scientists and she became famous and all, but we both were Evangelical Christians and were "born again" at a Billy Graham revival! I went to the 1993 revival in Pittsburgh. And although I had known Christ prior to my coming forward at this event, this was impactful for me. This is a book that will evoke a lot of feelings, I believe. For Christians who are more of the black and white kind, it will be disturbing, I think. But for others and for even those who do not know Christ it is a must read. It is also a must read for those who have suffered great loss. Yes, for sure.