Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Oh dear

Sigh.  I wish I didn’t have this effect on people.  A Jehovah’s Witness called at my door yesterday wanting to talk about faith, modern social evils and how our future would pan out.  We stood talking for ages about the teaching of the Bible, the words of Jesus and the way of faithful witness.  As he left he said he felt like he’d been beaten up.  What?

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365 366 Day 40 (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here)



 This is a very good book.  I read it with great interest.  It had, I thought, a very slightly sour taste – disillusionment or something.  Yet thoughtful and perceptive, not unkind and full of information.  But though it fed my mind it did not especially feed my spirit, and I felt no cause to keep it to read a second time.

  

9 comments:

maria said...

This is the way we have to look at all of our possessions...do they also feed our spirit? If not...out they go!

Beaten up? Well, I think what he probably really wanted to say, was that his believes were a bit faulty and he was confronted with Truth, which to an unbeliever, it always feels as judgement is being passed about them.

Don't worry about it :) You followed what His Spirit showed you to say and how to say it. The rest is His Battle!!

Blessings to you today...

m.

Ember said...

"Do they also feed our spirit?"
Yes! I agree that's the right question.
I feel this about all books and films and TV. As well as asking, "Is it funny/interesting/clever/well-written/well-observed/well-crafted?" etc, I want to add, "And is it edifying to the spirit?"

Deborah said...

Have you ever read the book Rumspringa? I was shocked by it and it could change what you think about Amish people.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5455572

Ember said...

I have seen it but never wanted to read it. I have never been very interested in knowing what the Amish are like when stepping away from their customary path, more in reading about their beliefs and aspirations, the best of their way of life, and discovering what I could learn from it. My favourite books about the Amish are Bill Coleman's photo collections, Randy Testa's "After the Fire", Penny Armstrong's "A Midwife's Story" and Sue Bender's "Plain and Simple".

Deborah said...

I felt sooo sad when I read it. The parents and the kids are short sighted as once you've done all that stuff you can't un-do it no matter how much you'd wish to.

Donna said...

When reading about any group of people I don't feel it's necessary to analyse the scandals and shock-stories, unless they are affecting other people, or unless I'm thinking of joining them. When I read about people such as the Amish, it's to discover, not whether they've got it all right (who has?) but what I can learn from them to enrich my own life.

A Midwife's Story - Excellent, that book has it all - informative documentation of midwifery, amusing (in some cases hilarious) anecdotes of people, and a large dose of attitude-shifting therapy.

The Sue Bender one has been sitting on my wishlist for sometime. In several years time when I've worked my way through some of the books people keep lending me I might read it!

Ember said...

I have that Sue Bender one, Donna, any time you'd like to borrow it.

Wenlock's Edge said...

I just had to post a reply,
My favourite books about the Amish are Penny Armstrong's "A Midwife's Story" and Sue Bender's "Plain and Simple".

I have often browsed Bill Coleman's photo collections online, I will have to look out for Randy Testa's "After the Fire."

Last year, I started decluttering one item each day. I got a little carried away, and by the end of the year had reached a total of 1,500 items. They had to be larger than a paperback book to be counted, so you can imagine the space I have created, I love it. I have decluttered another 135 items so far this year. The ladies at my local charity shops love me :)

I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog (& books) but rarely have time to post a reply as I am in a busy season of life at the moment. Busy but good.

Ember said...

Hey Wenlock's Edge - good to meet you. I've just been reading your blog about Emma! Trach tubes are alarming! My husband Bernard had one towards the end of his life and the trach care was a occupation all of its own!
Send me another comment with your name and address and I'll send you "After The Fire" as a gift. I won't publish the comment, obviously. xx