Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some Good Reading

I just finished reading two books.  The first was called the "Year of Living Biblically," by A.J. Jacobs.  It follows his year as an agnostic Jew of living his life by every law in the bible, a little over 600 to be exact.  From the so called "big ones," such as the Ten Commandments, to the little obscure ones such as not cutting your hair on the sides of your head and not wearing mixed fiber clothing. 
 Jacobs gives a fun account of his year and the struggles and triumphs that ensue.  What I found interesting is the the old idea of fake it to you make it concept.  If you lived your life like how you wanted instead of how you felt, does your life take on those characteristics?  If you act humble even when you feel proud day in and day out, will you in fact become more humble?  They say it takes 21 days to cement a habit.  Try picking one thing and doing it for 21 days and see if it becomes a bit easier to do.  
The other book I finished was a very quick read.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  It was a simply written but beautiful book.  It tells the story of a father and son traveling in a post apocalyptic time.  Its the tale of two people trying to keep their morality in a world that offers nothing in return if they do.  Can you keep hope alive in the midst of despair.   Both books were good reads and worth the time to dig into them.  

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