This was a gift last Christmas. It is such a fun little book for those of us who love books and writing. :) Not to mention, it contains great recipesThis was a gift last Christmas. It is such a fun little book for those of us who love books and writing. :) Not to mention, it contains great recipes for drinks. ...more
I really want to give this book 3 and 1/2 stars, but I don't think I can do half stars. The retelling of living through 9/11 and being buried alive arI really want to give this book 3 and 1/2 stars, but I don't think I can do half stars. The retelling of living through 9/11 and being buried alive are gripping and moving, but then the story gets repetitive at times, and the writing is not all that great. But, definitely worth a read, and it is inspiring. ...more
Quotes from the book say it better than any commentary from me:
“I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realizeQuotes from the book say it better than any commentary from me:
“I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realized that the interruptions were my work.”
“Grateful people learn to celebrate even amid life’s hard and harrowing memories because they know that pruning is no mere punishment, but preparation.”
“In so many encounters we try to look away from the pain. We try to help our friends quickly process grief. We hastily look for ways to bring cheer to a child or ailing aunt. All the while, however, we act less out of genuine ‘suffering with’ and more out of our need to stand back from the discomfort we fear we might feel. We secretly, restlessly want to move from the place where it hurts. Our evasions do not help others, of course, but rather cause them to put up defenses and drive away those who need someone to care.”
“I realized that healing begins with our taking our pain out of its diabolic isolation and seeing that whatever we suffer, we suffer it in communion with all of humanity, and yes, all of creation. In so doing, we become participants in the great battle against the powers of darkness. Our little lives participate in something larger.”
"I am less likely to deny my suffering when I learn how God uses it to mold me and draw me closer to him. I will be less likely to see my pains as interruptions to my plans and more able to see them as the means for God to make me ready to receive him. I let Christ live near my hurts and distractions.”
“Community, then, cannot grow out of loneliness, but comes when the person who begins to recognize his or her belovedness greets the belovedness of the other. The God alive in me greets the God resident in you. When people can cease having to be for us everything, we can accept the fact they may still have a gift for us. They are partial reflections of the great love of God, but reflections nevertheless. We see that gift precisely and only once we give up requiring that person to be everything, to be God. We see him or her as a limited expression of an unlimited love.”
“Time has to be converted, then, from chronos, mere chronological time, to kairos, a New Testament Greek word that has to do with opportunity, with moments that seem ripe for their intended purpose. Then, even while life continues to seem harried, while it continues to have hard moments, we say, “Something good is happening amid all this.” We get glimpses of how God might be working out his purposes in our days. Time becomes not just something to get through or manipulate or manage, but the arena of God’s work with us. Whatever happens— good things or bad, pleasant or problematic—we look and ask, “What might God be doing here?” We see the events of the day as continuing occasions to change the heart. Time points to Another and begins to speak to us of God."
“The great paradox is that it is in letting go, we receive. We find safety in unexpected places of risk. And those who try to avoid all risk, those who would try to guarantee that their hearts will not be broken, end up in a self-created hell.”...more
Great book. So many powerful moments in it. A powerful true story about lawyer Bryan Stevenson's experiences working to defend the poor, and wrongly cGreat book. So many powerful moments in it. A powerful true story about lawyer Bryan Stevenson's experiences working to defend the poor, and wrongly condemned, many of whom were children when they were sentenced to death row.
What a beautiful book. I would love to go to Rome and just sit down and have a conversation with this man.
Some quotes from the book:
“People are lookinWhat a beautiful book. I would love to go to Rome and just sit down and have a conversation with this man.
Some quotes from the book:
“People are looking for someone to listen to them. Someone willing to grant them time, to listen to their dramas and difficulties. This is what I call the “apostolate of the ear,” and it is important. Very important. I feel compelled to say to confessors: talk, listen with patience, and above all tell people that God loves them.”
“We need to remember and remind ourselves where we come from, what we are, our nothingness.”
“Mercy will always be greater than any sin, no one can put a limit on the love of the all-forgiving God. Just by looking at him, just raising our eyes from ourselves and our wounds, we leave an opening for the action of his grace. Jesus performs miracles with our sins, with what we are, with our nothingness, with our wretchedness.”
“Sin is more than a stain. Sin is a wound; it needs to be treated, healed. The place where my encounter with the mercy of Jesus takes place is my sin.”
“Justice on its own is not enough. With mercy and forgiveness, God goes beyond justice, he subsumes it and exceeds it in a higher event in which we experience love, which is at the root of true justice.”
“Go to Jesus: he likes to hear about these things. He forgets, he has a special knack for forgetting. He forgets, he kisses you, he embraces you, and he says: ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.’ That is the only advice he gives. If things haven’t changed in a month…we go back to the Lord. The Lord never tires of forgiving: never! It is we who tire of asking him for forgiveness. We need to ask for the grace not to get tired of asking for forgiveness, because he never gets tired of forgiving.”
Nothing like a letter from a pope to get extremes on both sides riled up. And the media misrepresenting whatever it is they read for whatever agenda iNothing like a letter from a pope to get extremes on both sides riled up. And the media misrepresenting whatever it is they read for whatever agenda is flavor of the week. I'm staying away from discussing the "hot controversial" topics the media obsess over because those topics are such a minuscule part of this letter and not nearly as "inflammatory" as they would like those who will never read this letter to believe. One innocuous complaint you hear is that this letter is too long. Well, I got news for ya, I read it in one week, and I'm a slow reader. Calling it long is just an excuse not to read it. It was quite an easy read with not much text on one page. Not nearly as long as a 275 page hardcover or paperback. I read the PdF file. It's one thing to respectfully disagree with someone on certain issues, and it's another to trash him because you just don't like him or his style and/or you feel threatened or you give into fear that the media fosters. This letter is filled with beauty, mercy, tenderness, and advice on how to love more like Jesus. It's mostly geared towards pastors, but anyone cane appreciate it and learn from it. My advice is if you want to complain about it, read it first, because many complain without reading a whole text. For Catholics who are worried he is going to "change" doctrine, no pope really can. And for those who want him to change doctrine, well, no pope really can. You can change approaches and tactics, but not doctrine. So for those freaking out over this letter, chill. The letter will let you down. And for those who just want to learn how to be a better person, you might find the letter worth a read. You might not agree with everything written, but you will not doubt Francis's sincerity and humanity. And for those who keep complaining about Francis's style--his talking off the cuff, his "ambigious" answers, etc, let it go. Catholics believe the Holy Spirit chooses the pope, so if you really do believe that, let it go. Because God just might be up in heaven saying, "For crying out loud, He is not going to change. He is being himself, just like I made him to be." :)...more
I actually give this 4 and half stars because I hardly ever give anything 5 stars. There are so few books out there that have common sense, empatheticI actually give this 4 and half stars because I hardly ever give anything 5 stars. There are so few books out there that have common sense, empathetic, and realistic advice on the topic of being a caregiver for a dementia/Alzheimer's hero. And not too preachy or filled with medical terminology that puts you to sleep. This book provides constructive and easy ideas on how to get through the grieving process while understanding it is different for everyone. The author makes you feel as though he is your freind and you are sitting at the kitchen table and just talking about life and its ups and downs. He also boosts your confidence by letting you know you are to be commended for taking up the challenge of caring for your loved one and that many valuable lessons will be learned on the journey. ...more
One heck of a good priest and brave man. Quote from the book. Father Capodanno was a totally devoted military chaplain with the heart of a missionary.One heck of a good priest and brave man. Quote from the book. Father Capodanno was a totally devoted military chaplain with the heart of a missionary. He lived as those he served, so when he joined the ranks of a Marine chaplain, he lived like a grunt in Vietnam. He ran onto battlefields unprotected to minister to dying and wounded Marines without ever giving a thought to his own safety. The grunts came before him. He died trying to reach and give comfort to a dying corpsman. He had already been injured helping wounded Marines, and when he heard the corpsman cry out, he jumped and ran to him shielding him from enemy fire. --Quote from the book. "We counted 27 gunshot wounds ... saw the shrapnel embedded in his shoulder ... and some fingers missing from his hand. The shot that killed him entered his head from the back of is neck. Most of the gunshot wounds were in the back. Usually we looked down upon anyone with a wound in his back, because it was a sign of running away ... in Capodanno's case, it verified what eyewitnesses had said. Capodanno, having seen an NVA machine gunner aim his weapon at a cluster of Marines, ran and deliberately shielded one of them with his own body, back turned to the NVA. Whether he was praying at the time is cloudy. Some said he was ... others said he wasn't ... whatever the case, his action was a profound prayer itself. " ...more
Holy smoke! What a book. I couldn't put it down. Gives me a whole new appreciation for Vietnam vets, especially the paraplegics I knew while growing uHoly smoke! What a book. I couldn't put it down. Gives me a whole new appreciation for Vietnam vets, especially the paraplegics I knew while growing up next door to a VA hospital. With my mother being a Sgt in the Marine Corps (50-55), the VA hospital next door was close to her heart. My childhood was spent befriending Vietnam vets in wheelchairs. And my brothers were alter boys and paper boys over there. Me being just a little girl at the time, the vets never told me why they had no legs--why they were paraplegics or quads. I was just a cute little freckle-faced kid fascinated by their mechanical chairs. The vets would put me on their laps and "drive" me around, sometimes letting me play with the controls, sometimes they would do "wheelies," which of course I thought was fantastic fun. I would ask them questions about their chairs or whatever other apparatus they were hooked up to. They never told me gory details of the war. As I grew older, I learned about it from my older brothers because they became friends with a lot of the vets. But the vets themselves never talked about the horrific aspects of the war with me. I think because they watched me grow up from a tiny kid to an adult they instinctively protected me from that. I lived next door to the hospital for 28 years. Back then the vets lived there so we knew them forever. When I was in high school, some vets would wait for me in the parking lot. I would cut through the parking lot walking to and from school. They would give me tips on how to watch out for myself and staying safe. :) If I was missing for a few days, they would start looking for my mother and ask if I was ok. :) Looking back, it must have been really nice for the vets to have a family of 4 boys and one girl next door to make their days living in the hospital more interesting. Our backyard faced the VA property. When I was real little, I would make mud pies back there and I would look over through the chain link fence and there would be all these vets in wheelchairs watching me from the parking lot. Sometimes we would yell "hellos" back and forth to each other and wave. :) ...more
This was really good, but I just made the mistake of googling him. Dang, has had a history of arrests and divorce battles as a result of spousal abuseThis was really good, but I just made the mistake of googling him. Dang, has had a history of arrests and divorce battles as a result of spousal abuse. Kind of makes makes you doubt the validity of his Katrina claims. Or is the wife the crazy one? Who knows? Just so sad. But it was a great read. ...more
Hmmm. I am torn as to what to rate this book. I feel awful giving a book about my favorite Mother Teresa anything less than a 4 star rating, but I gueHmmm. I am torn as to what to rate this book. I feel awful giving a book about my favorite Mother Teresa anything less than a 4 star rating, but I guess I will have to rate this 3 and half stars. This is probably due to my being a self-proclaimed Mother Teresa groupie. And I have read every book out there on her. This book in no way compares to Come Be My LightCome Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta and The Secret Fire Mother Teresa's Secret Fire: The Encounter That Changed Her Life, and How It Can Transform Your Own, both of which are excellent. I volunteered with Mother Teresa's sisters at a hospice and those are the two books they highly recommend. This book, however, is a good choice for the reader who has never read anything by or knows much about Mother Teresa. It's a good overview. ...more
I m torn as to what to rate this book. It has such a creative premise. The old man is so enjoyable and comical. I laughed out loud many times. I thinkI m torn as to what to rate this book. It has such a creative premise. The old man is so enjoyable and comical. I laughed out loud many times. I think I would give it 3 1/2 stars because it became tedious at times. Also, it was not a book I found myself dying to get back to. But I think it is worth the time to read. ...more