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I want you all to know that life is good! I so greatly appreciate all the questions my family and I have received. I don’t think a day goes by in which someone from church asks doesn’t ask one of the following questions. “Are you all settled in? How are your kids doing? Are you unpacked yet?” Thank you for caring so much about my family and I. I can confidently say that we are all doing well. As with everyone, life always has its challenges. Nothing always going perfectly smooth, but overall, life is good. Thanks for all the ways you have helped it be good.
I thought I would share a bit about what I am reading these past couple of months. As I mentioned during one of my first Sunday’s here, I try and read one to two books a month. Sometimes they are faith based, sometimes not. Whether the book is fiction or not, it is always with the focus of learning about myself, the church and the world. So, without further ado…
Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline. You can also see this as a movie in theaters and was recently the number one movie in America. The book takes place in not so distant, dystopian future. Poverty, crime and homelessness are rampant, and to escape it all, the vast majority of people, especially younger people, use the “Oasis,” a virtual reality world. The book focuses on life in the Oasis, and particularly a challenge/game the creator of the Oasis left people upon his death. While I there will be many who won’t enjoy the book because it is not their style of, I enjoyed it (and its seemingly unlimited 80’s references). It also can serve as a social commentary and critique on our current culture and the dangers within it.
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of the Nations by Amy Chua. Chua is a Yale Law Professor. In this book, Chua studies tribalism and how it can affect us at a personal level and how it plays out on the international level. She specifically looks at past conflicts (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Venezuela) that the US has been involved in and identifies where the US has not looked at the proper group/tribe dynamics/relationships within a country which has led to poor decisions and outcomes. She then relates it to the US today and how we can better understand what is going on in our current political climate.
You can now find these books in the library here at Holy Trinity.
Also, I am looking at a date to discuss previous books I have read, specifically, “When to Jump” and “Barking to the Choir.” If you have read those, I hope to talk soon.
The two that I will be working on for this coming month are “A Failure of Nerve” by Edwin Friedman and “The Orthodox Heretic” by Peter Rollins.
Lastly, I hope you are starting to enjoy the weather. It seems like we are skipping spring and going directly from Winter to Summer!
Grace and Peace,