Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week.
This week’s read: Dear God: Honest Prayers to a God Who Listens by Bunmi Laditan. If you sometimes struggle with whether it’s okay to be completely honest with God, you need to read this book. Bunmi Laditan pours her heart out to God, pulling no punches as she tells him how she really feels. And that’s okay, because God is big enough to handle our emotions and love us just the same.
I was making a list of things I know for sure, but when I went to write “God loves me,” I couldn’t – it felt like a lie. I believe you love me, but I don’t know it. I think you do. Your book says you do, but I guess in the back of my mind I see you as a giant Zeus – a despot in the sky. You knew Eve would eat the fruit. You created the tree. You allowed the Holocaust. Have you heard the phrase, “With friends like you, who needs enemies?” I suppose that’s why I find trusting you so hard.
I know I’ve had my own moments where I wanted to scream at God that I didn’t understand, and how could he possibly let things take this turn, and right that minute, I sure didn’t like him very much. I think this book will be a comfort to any of us who’ve ever felt that way – so yeah, all of us.
Might this book be one you’ll pick up?
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Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers.
If I’ve read a book and I don’t see it as an addition to the permanent collection, I’ll happily pass it along to someone who might be interested. But I don’t lend out books that I want to keep.
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Bunmi Laditan’s sounds interesting. It’s not something I would probably pick up, but perhaps my mother-in-law would like it. I do love that opening though. How many have had that same questions? I imagine a lot of us.
I am not a big book lender myself. When I do, it is most likely to be a book I am willing to part with.
I hope you have a great week!