Night

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. School has started back up again and things are a bit busy to really sit down and blog, which will also explain the shortness of this post. I wrote this well over a week ago and am just now getting around to posting it.

I did want to take a second to recommend a book I just started reading last night at 11:00 and couldn't put down. It is possibly a book you read while in High School. The book is called Night by Elie Wiesel. It is a memoir of Wiesels experience in the Holocaust, what he saw, and how it affected his life and particularly his faith. I read for 2 hours straight last night, before realizing how late it was and how I needed to go to bed. It is an easy read in terms of length and writing style, but not so much in context. I have never really read or studied much about the Holocaust, and to some small extent I've known how horrific it was , but to read this account of a first-hand experience opened my eyes anew to the suffering, pain, and pointless trajedy that was the Holocaust.

I haven't quite finished it yet, but I did want to point out one interesting thing about this book. Throughout his story, Elie talks about how the brutality, murder, and torture that he saw completely distroyed his faith in an Almighty and loving God. As I read, I began to sense myself asking a question that I don't ask much, or that I tend to just brush off. That question was "Yeah, why did God allow that to happen. Why did he seemingly stand silently by while millions suffered and died horribly. In fact why does God allow such trajedy to happen at all?" I know that it's not my place to question God. I know his ways or not my ways and that we live in a fallen world. But it was just interesting to see how someones story and their view of God can affect my thoughts about God, and challenge what I really believe.

Again, let me encourage you to read this book, as it will definetly stir some questions in your mind.

Ok, now I offically feel like I should have been on Reading Rainbow...anybody remember that one? "Fly high in the sky...."

Have a great weekend!

2 comments:

Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. Sounds like an interesting book you are reading. I'd like to borrow it. I just wanted to make sure I understood what you meant when you said it's not your place to question God. I think that it's totally ok to question God. It's only by asking questions that we understand things. There's definitely a difference between questioning why things happen and allowing your faith to be shaken or even broken. I know that we may not understand fully God's ways, but I think he wants us to understand as much as we can in our human way of thinking. That's my opinion anyway.

By the way, it's "Butterfly in the sky..." Sheesh!

Love you!

February 6, 2008 at 6:46 PM  

"...take a look...it's in a book...reading rainboooow...reading rainbOOOOOOOOOW!" LaVar Burton is the greatest.

That sounds like an awesome book. If you've read my latest post you'll see that I am reading Confessions by St. Augustine. Another good one.

Thanks for the book recommendation.

February 9, 2008 at 7:32 AM  

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