Friday, January 2, 2009

SCL Book Club Pick




Apparently, SCL is going to have an on-line book discussion in January. Click here to find out about SCL Book Club. The title of the book is Crazy Love, and the author is Franscis Chan. I usually don't read something just because others are, but c'mon, this is SCL, and I can use some extra points. Click here to see what I am talking about. Actually, I think it will be fun to have something in common to discuss with some of my blogger friends. The best thing about books is sharing them. Anyway....
I took my uncle to Borders today so he could look into getting a DVD of Boris Gudinoff (if it is gudinoff for him, it should be gudinoff for us), and while I was there, I looked for a copy of Crazy Love. It was all the way on a shelf so high, I had to ask for help to get it. Still, they did better than Barnes and Noble. They were out of it on Saturday, and offered to order it for me. I said no thanks.
I tried checking it out of the library first, but our entire system (not my library, the whole library system for my region) had two copies. I won't be prepared to be part of the discussion if I wait. See, I try to take books out of the library instead of buying them if I can. Since I don't hold a paying job, a book a week (at least) really adds up. So anyway, a nice young man brought the book down for me without his even having to climb a ladder, or a shelf or something. He just plucked it down like a tomato off of a plant. Okay, he didn't have to bend down, but he barely had to reach.
I have since read the dedication, preface, introduction, and the questions at the end. Actually, I read the questions at the end first. I am glad I did, because the introduction didn't really do much for me. The introduction contains the premise that the Church in America is lukewarm. I don't think I agree with that. There are individuals in my parish who are lukewarm, and their are individuals who are on fire for the Lord. Sometimes I am the lukewarm one, and one of my on fire brothers or sisters encourages me. Sometimes it is the other way around. But saying the Church in America is lukewarm is overgeneralizing, I think. However, the interview in the back seems to be done with someone I can learn from, so I am going to give the book a chance.

*****Update one of mom's nephews called. Maybe if the other one calls over the weekend, I can get rid of this twitch. Click here to see what I am talking about now.

7 comments:

Sherri said...

I'm gonna get the book tomorrow. Hope the twitching ends soon.

Beth said...

Hmmmm....yeah, I need to do some book hunting. I can assure you that my local library will NOT have it. It's the prettiest little historic library but not the greatest collection of books....

Mare said...

just finished reading this a couple of weeks ago! its good.

katdish said...

Well. I bought the book, but I sent it to Nigeria. But Jeff's going to lend me his copy. I read the intro and it looked good.

I went to a funeral today in Georgetown (just outside of Austin). My friend Sarah's dad Norman passed away. He was such a great guy (from Chicago). He was a devout Catholic, so there was a full mass. Honestly, Helen before I started reading your blog I was pretty bored when I went to Catholic weddings and funerals, but I gotta tell you, I thought it was really beautiful and the priest was very good. So, thanks for educating me. They had a beautiful nativity scene, the crucifix, and a beautiful statue of the saint whom the church is named after (all life sized). I got pictures of them on my phone (after the mass and after I got permission) and I'll send them to you as soon as I figure out how to get them off my phone and onto my computer.

Oh, who was the saint? Well, beautiful St. Helen, of course!

Helen said...

Thanks, Katdish. If you have any questions about anything they said or did, let me know. I am sorry about your friend's dad passing away.
My mom's name is Helen, too. She is Polish, but Helen is a popular Hungarian name, so dad kind of insisted I be named after her.
I am quite proud of my patron Saint. She was Emperor Constantine's mom. She journeyed to the Holy Land to find the true cross, and found a Roman temple had been built there. She had it torn down. She also gave her son h-e- double hockey stick when he did some things that were wrong. Just like a good momma should.
I will appreciate the pictures.

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Gabrielle Eden said...

That's an interesting view of the book, since I would first say, yeh, sure, America is lukewarm. But you're right. There are individuals who are hot for Christ. Immediately one who comes to mind is Tom white the director of Voice of The Martyrs, who works so hard for the persecuted church.