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I just finished reading The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Really good read. I would totally recommend it to all. I can say this-my understanding of the sabbath is now more spiritual as opposed to legalistic. As much as my generation craves work, success, technology, and adventure-we also crave rest and slowing down to enjoy the things we have created and the fruit of our labor. I think we are becoming more conscience of time and reality and we are seeking to find ways to slow-down and enjoy the journey.
From the book:
To gain control of the world of space is certainly one of our tasks. The danger begins when in gaining power in the realm of space we forfeit all aspirations in the realm of time. There is a realm in time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space , becomes our sole concern.
So if you are looking for a breath taking story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Then I recommend A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier.
It’s a true story of Ismael Beah. Ismael takes us on a horrendous journey. He does a great job of bringing the reader into the story. I felt like I was walking with him…I could see his smile, feel his pain. I heard the sound of the bullets, the cracking of the machetes and fear thumping through my soul. I felt as if I was walking with him, from village to village…I could see the African sky, smell the food and sense the tension of war.
Yes, It’s a gripping read, about a boy who’s life is turned upside down by the evil of war. It will make you sad, it will make you mad, and yes at times it will make you cry. Sometimes you think that this story can’t be true, that evil does not exist in this way. I wish I was right. But I’m not.
It seems to take a story to cause change. I know all about all these global issues. But truthfully it seems hard to grasp. That is until you know someone. There becomes an emotional attachment, a certain friendship. The story becomes real, the story become ours. It’s no longer about a country across the world, it’s about a boy that cries, runs, bleeds and suffers. I remember being a boy, I can’t imagine the pain and suffering.
Definitely a great book. A must read. But if you read it, you will be compelled to act. And that is a good thing!