I used to like writing reviews and criticisms of stuff (like music or books) that I liked or didn’t like but now sometimes I’ve learnt to just breath with it and maybe just live with it.
When I wrote this list of books I read last year here, I planned on writing reviews of some of the books that I really liked. I still might. As I have updated the list of books I have read this year, it has constantly seemed like a relatively short list but I was not taken by it. That thing about quality and quantity is mostly true.
The past few days in this new month have been very fruitful with regards to my book reading goals. I finished reading two books I wanted to get through – The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Love Does. The block quote that is at the beginning of this post is a spin-off of the sub-heading of each chapter in the latter.
I love reading biographies. There’s just something about them that I’m not quite sure I have the words for yet. I am currently reading a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It has been interesting to say the least. I have been reading this book in a shuffle with a lot of other books – some of which I have since finished like the aforementioned ones.
On my opening quote – I read a line from an article which I sadly cannot remember. The author made a general statement about all writing (I hope I’m remembering correctly) being some sort of commentary. I think that line of thought encapsulated what led to my transition from using the word “review” in some of my earlier music reviews to “my thoughts on [insert name of album]”.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany during the rise of Hitler who opposed a lot of the inhuman policies and deeds that Hitler perpetuated. I have very limited knowledge about the things that led to his rise, his reign and fall but reading from the perspective of the struggle within the church has been very eye opening. I like that he stood for something (and gave his life for it) especially when some seemed to waver when it mattered. Reading some of his sermons, he definitely had amazing foresight of the things to come when Hitler first came to power. As I was reading it today, I came across these infamous words.
I have had so many lessons and insights from the biography. Maybe I’d write a more detailed commentary when I’m done. My piece last week here was partly inspired by the title of the Love Does book.
If you’ve been following my blog long enough you would have noticed my series of untitled poems (check them out here). Titles are always welcome 🙂
Lest I forget, here’s another quote on pain 🙂
What books are you currently reading?