Talk about church and religion around the neighborhood (sorry, I'm not going to include any links) has been so very, um, heavy that I thought maybe we should lighten up a bit. Blue Like Jazz is a wonderfully refreshing compilation of essays of one man's spiritual journey. Here's a little excerpt:
There is something quite beautiful about the Grand Canyon. There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows what He is doing. They hang there, like stars, like notes on a page of music, free-form verse, silent mysteries swirling in the blue like jazz. And as I lay there, it occurred to me that God is up there somewhere. Of course, I had always known He was, but this time I felt it, I realized it, the way a person realizes they are hungry or thirsty.
What I liked most about this book is that it made me think about my own relationship with God without making my brain hurt. It revealed things that I need to work on in my own life without making me feel unworthy of love. It reminded me that Jesus is a personal friend of mine.
Let me know if you read it.