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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Eat Pray Love : A Disclaimer

Yesterday, my Mother told me she was going to buy this book. We talked about it and I realized that I was vague in my description of the spiritual journey the author was on. I don't know how Elizabeth Gilbert would define her spirituality. Actually, I doubt she would give it a name. But it's definitely not the non-denominational, Christian, "churchy" upbringing that I have had. She finds God in ways that will be very unconventional to some. And though I don't agree with everything she believes in, or choose certain spiritual disciplines that she has...her words still found a way to draw me closer to God.

I am writing this because I know some of you who read this blog...and I know your backgrounds and beliefs. I also work at a church, and well, let's just say wouldn't recommend this as small group literature or anything.... So please keep that in mind before/as you read it.

With that said....here is just one of the many passages she wrote that I can identify with...

If faith were rational, it wouldn't be - by definition - faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity, it would just be...a prudent insurance policy.

I'm not interested in the insurance industry. I'm tired of being a skeptic, I'm irritated by spiritual prudence and I feel bored and parched by empirical debate. I don't want to hear it anymore. I couldn't care less about evidence and proof and assurances. I just want God. I want God inside me. I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on water.

3 comments:

Diane Davis said...

Here's my blog post about it last october. I just posted a few quotes. LOVE THIS BOOK!

http://msdianedavis.blogspot.com/2007/10/eat-pray-love.html

Lyn said...

Beautiful!

The Unlikely Pastor's Wife said...

You are so funny with the disclaimer. I always give a disclaimer when recommending books like these.....i don't know why I feel I must, it's quite silly actually that I do.

But when talking about this book and how much I love it....I am always very aware of who i am talking with.
:)