Quote of the Day & A Book Review

July 17, 2010

But if you're content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. (The Message Bible, 60)

I love this quote and I also love a book I just finished reading, "Jesus and the Disinherited" by Howard Thurman. In fact, I added it to my "Related Books" page-go take a look! It's theology that actually focuses on the outcasts in our society and what they can do. Too often theology focuses on what the rich can do to help the poor, but the poor need to be talked to directly just like anybody else. As a person with several disabilities, I am also an outcast and I could relate to much of what he is saying, although the book was originally written to mainly address racism. The book reminded me of the twelve steps, because it is a spiritual program for those who are bound by addiction and Thurman's book is a spiritual program for those who are bound by society's expectations. I highly recommend it. I liked that Thurman's sentiment that it's not that we are to be more moral than others, but that we are to be as free as we can be.

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