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Monday, December 05, 2005


So I just started reading this book Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller. I've heard a little bit about his books and thought I'd give it a try. He writes about christianity and God and such. I started the intro and so far I like the way he writes. The book is about a car trip he took and that's really about all I know right now, but I figured I'm traveling here pretty soon so this might be fun to read.

And right in the intro I see this relating directly to me right away! Here's a little bit from it:

"No life cannnot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath. . . . And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?
It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.
I want to repeat one word for you:

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed. "