Oh hey, blog. It's been awhile. I had a big weekend. What to write about?? I'm not too sure at this point. Maybe that I finished reading Vintage Jesus. That's a feat in and of itself. I finished a book. It's amazing what a weekend to yourself will do. I also bought a book. The Year of Living Biblically. It's not a Christian book. It's written by a agnostic/secular Jewish journalist who decides to keep all the laws (and suggestions) from the Bible for a whole year. This includes things like not wearing clothes of mixed fibers, rising at midnight to praise God, not speaking ill-will of even the biggest jerks, not sitting in a chair that his wife has sat in while on her "special lady time" and buying a live chicken, having it killed in front of you and giving it to the poor. It's a really interesting look at faith & ritual from the other side. From the perspective of someone who believes in God, it's been sad for me to read at times. I just can't imagine going through life with religion and not relationship. It's mostly when A.J. (the author) isn't sure of how to pray. It's uncomfortable for him. He stands in his living room and raises his hands and recites a Bible verse. Over the course of the book he starts to realize that prayer isn't for him, but for God. Which is true, but he hasn't found the solace and hope that prayer gives us because it's a two way conversation.
It's made me thankful for the torn curtain in the temple through Jesus. I am not good at keeping the same schedule two days in a row, much less remembering all the laws and keeping them. This very secular book has made me glad for Jesus in a whole new way. I think it's also made me look at communion and Baptism in a new light, too. Personally, I think it would weird a lot of people out to see a bunch of people taking communion or being baptized. But, I think that the "ritual" of it is worthy of our time and that God wants us to have a time-out for him. Whether it's the solemn communion or the joyous Baptismal service.
I'm not done with the book, yet. But when I am I'll let you know how it goes. It is an excellent read. It's made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions.
If you're interested in the book here is the link: http://www.ajjacobs.com/books/yolb.asp