Saturday, 27 July 2013
I just finished reading - actually LISTENING (due to poor vision, I only do audio books), to Debbie Macomber's book "God's Guest List" and I just realized how my last post " I'm a Wannabe" must look and sound. I am afraid that, in that post, I must sound extremely self-centered and egotistical. I give no credit to the many "enablers" that have helped me to get to where I now am. I did not get there under just only my own steam, though I must admit to a somewhat monomaniacal personality. My excuse for that is: now that I am retired, I can afford monomania.
But getting back to to the subject I was talking about. I realize that to some readers the very title of that book would be a turn-off! Many people just cringe at the thought of being preached to. They do not wish to hear bible passages or religious sermons and the like. But the title "God's Guest List" in this case is rather misleading. Although the author does quote bible passages and she does relate the passages to her subject, this book is really not a "religious" book as per say. The whole book is simply a philosophical approach to life in general. Yes, it fits a religious theme, but that same approach can fit into an atheist's lifestyle or the lifestyle of any other religion (though I have to confess to ignorance of specifics of religions other than Christianity). Still, I am confident that other religions all share the same basic concept of "decency and common sense". What this book promotes is not "Christian religion"! It advocates a common sense philosophy of life: "Strive to do your best and take advantage of each and every opportunity that presents itself along your path. Cash in on the lessons of your mistakes and the difficulties that you encounter along the way toward the achievement of your goals.
A couple of years ago, I blogged a short poem here entitled "The Value of a Mistake" (October 27, 2011), and that theme fits in with the suggestions that this book advocates. Religion or philosophy, this book makes total sense for just plain LIVING and getting the most out of life!