Secondly, a year ago this month I was well on my way to reading through an English translation of the Quran for the first time. I even posted notes about it as you likely know already.
I've successful resisted the pull of the local library. We all know how those books jump off shelves into my arms and I can hardly go there without bringing home a stack. Recognizing this problem, I decided to exercise some willpower and avoid the library completely so I can read through my stacks of books. I tend to focus on library books when I have them since they must be returned within 3 weeks. So these have been neglected until now!
Since making this No Library Declaration, I have read three of the books received since Valentine's Day. And two of them had around 400 pages so ... *pats myself on the back* ;)
This morning I started another big book that has captured my attention within the first 15 pages! It's Journey into America which a friend so kindly sent for my birthday! Akbar Ahmed travels through America with his team of mostly Americans (some nonMuslims) to discover attitudes towards Muslims and experiences of Muslims. I remember seeing this in a bookstore and thinking how I'd like this kind of book. Hopefully there will be lots of interesting things to note. Already I was reminded that an Arab/Muslim country - Morocco - was the first country to recognize the United States' declaration of independence in 1777!
In keeping with the Word theme which has seemed to permeate my life this month (thanks to God or simply patterns my brain is hardwired to notice..take your pick), I read this this morning and wanted to jot it down.
The Word made flesh. It's the key to the entirety of our faith. While some would assume that, like many other religions, our belief is centered on a holy book, the Bible itself speaks otherwise. Rather than a long litany of divine commands, we recognize the Old Testament as an elaborate, intricate buildup to - and the New Testament as a celebration of - the person of Jesus Christ. Taken as a whole, the written words point to the Word.
pg. 25 "The Word Is Alive" by Erin Gieschen, In Touch; June 2011
There is a fascinating illustration of this given in the article that I might share later.
Hope all is well with you! Does May mark any milestones for you? Got anything you want to share? Any interesting books you are reading or have recently read? Was anyone raptured besides Amber?