ince this blog will probably draw people beyond my normal sphere through search engines, I’d best explain. See, I’m an agnostic (meaning I’m not sure what’s out there, or even if there IS anything out there). But I’m curious, so I’ll read some religious works (I’ve got two books of the Bible queued up and back before I blogged everything I read, I’d read the Hindu Gita cover-to-cover).
Anyway, the coworker who gave me this book to accompany my second Lent (I do it for the betterment of myself, and this time I failed – badly) is what I’d call the perfect Christian. She’s not judgmental, she’s not a prophesizer, she just answers my questions and supports my curiosity. Having dealt with those who are a bit more… pushy… I appreciate someone who provides an open opinion of her own beliefs. Beats talking about sports around the office coffee pot.
Yes, but isn’t there supposed to be a review of sorts here?
Anyway, 40 Days with Jesus is a handy little book of forty guided meditations (perfect for Lent). Each takes about a minute to read and longer to reflect upon. Its a tidy book of the interpreted thoughts of a loving God, which is a good thing to have over some of the dark days every poor human faces on this Earth.
I actually rather liked entries. Did it make me a Christian? No, not really (possibly not yet – who knows what might come?). But I did take comfort in it – the book has one exercise which deals with worrying about the future. This is one of my own little imperfections, this need to worry, worry, worry about something that hasn’t happened yet. But there was a nice little statement about this, something I really took to heart and carried away with me, a way of coping with the stress of the to-come. Of course, the book is more than a self-help tract; it is the interpretation of sections of the Bible, a possible gateway drug to the passion of the Christ.
It hasn’t hit me yet; I keep waiting for my epiphany. But I can recommend this as a present, especially to someone who is seeking a truth or dealing with an uncompromising world. The perfect gift.