29 Mar 2009
What an inspiring book. Marianne is a real person, who has had real experiences.
There are some words, in this book, that will offend people. I think her choice, in words, though, makes her more real.
I would, however, worry that giving this book to some Christians, would really offend them.
Must I say “offend” three times? I think so. I am not beyond “bad words” and I wouldn’t say this book is loaded with them.. it is not. But, some people, don’t want to read or hear any.. hence my warnings.
When I first started reading A Return to Love, I was very skeptical. I have some very direct spiritual views. I’d say that I’m not part of the “Christian Norm,” at all, though.
I like a book that touches me.. Just like music, I want a book to stir my soul, too. Teach me something.. even if its a different way to think or feel. Make me feel that you’ve come into my life, for a purpose.. even if I don’t know what that purpose may be.
I have an open mind. I was able to turn the page, and continue reading, when my own skepticism questioned what I was doing..
..and I’m so grateful that I did.
Sometimes simple concepts are the hardest for us to grasp, because we are too busy thinking we know everything..
Marianne has taught me, so much, about me. She has taught me something about every friendship/relationship that I’ve ever had.. She has helped me see where failures, of my past, were not failures, if they served a purpose. We simple must accept that we don’t have to know the purpose of a relationship to pursue it… or to end it.
Sometimes walking away is very difficult, but healthy, too.
My budget does not allow me to purchase and give this to those who have touched my lives.. but I want to. I want to mail it to a prison. I want to send several just across town. I want to allow my “former friends” the opportunity to see how we can be so different, and yet the same.
Marianne changed my views of arrogance and selfishness to “fear.” God is Love. Love is all there is. It seems simple. Too simple. But, our fears really do control us.. and if we can but see them as illusions, we can overcome them, and be better human beings.
I am going to break down, some of Marianne’s thoughts and concepts, in future posts, where I can direct some specific thoughts, that I have..
Read this book. Really read it. It will change your mind..
28 Mar 2009
Amy has touched on something very personal to me, in her latest bible study post. Proverbs 31 is one of my favorite scriptures.. and something that has always touched me, so I started reading when I saw her post logo.
Even though Amy and I have walked similar paths, in similar shoes, we do not have the exact same spiritual thoughts or experiences. I can’t let that stop me, though, from feeling that Amy has something to teach me.
My greatest discouragement, in my own bible research, is not knowing how to compare different versions. I am very disappointed that I can’t read scriptures in their original language. Its an unrealistic expectation, of myself, though.
I am never going to read Aramaic or Greek. This makes me love apologetics.
The greatest blessing, that I have received, from my attempts to study or learn Arabic, was a change from my knowledge of “translation.”
“Transliteration” is more appropriate when we talk about languages. There simply are not words, that mean exactly the same thing, from one language to another. Culture and “the times” can also create the word that is chosen, by the transcriber.
What is a concordance? You may know it better by the words “Topical Guide.”
What is a Lexicon? You may know it better by the words, “Dictionary” or “Encyclopedia.”
I can discern. I can be strong, enough, in my own faith, to pray about what I am reading and learning, and ask for guidance and direction. I can use internet resources and do the best, that I know to do.
So can you.
Search, Ponder, and Pray.. Simple Standardz to live by..
28 Mar 2009
I think “talking in tongues” is a simple concept.
It does not mean that we talk, in a way, that makes no one, we are talking to, understand us.
It is not babble. But, it can seem to be babble, to some. The message, then, is clearly not for he whom hears the babble.
I, rather, think, it is being given the Spirit to communicate with others.. “their way,” but “His Way” is a more appropriate thought..
This can take many forms. I, in my mortal knowledge, am incapable of knowing all the ways of this..
I am blessed, to know, that I don’t have to know God’s Plan, in its fullest, to be able to participate in it.
When the Spirit touches others, through you.. you may not even be aware of it.
With that, in mind, I’d have to say, then, that “talking in tongues” could be as simple as a touch.. a courtesy.. a “thank you” to a stranger.. or a smile.
We simply can never know when we are being used by God. What a wonderful thing, though, to be “used by God.”
Let us all want to be “Used” like this.