Thoughts on recent readings

I have been reading a lot more lately.  I find it interesting how much I love reading when it isn’t required for seminary coursework.  Last week I read the book Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper.  Hill Harper is one of the star’s of CBS TV show CSI:NY. Not only is Hill Harper an accomplished actor but he is a graduate of Brown University and also a honor graduate of Harvard Law School.  Although I have already faced many of the situations that Hill covered in his letters to the young man, I found many of his perspectives on life and success fascinating.  Although I did not agree with every premise he laid out, especially his constant assertion that God AND the Universe had dealt each person their circumstances, I did enjoy his discourses on working towards your dreams and goals and manifesting the destiny God has for your life.  Another plus to the book was his inclusion of answers to the yound man’s questions from many successful people such as NFL star Curtis Martin, Jamie Foxx, tennis star Venus Williams, and Senator Barack Obama.  It was a blessing to a read a book that I knew came from the heart of the author with the intent of reaching young males with a message of hope.  Specifically I believe his intent was to extend hope to the young minority males, who sometimes feel like they have no chance to succeed. I gained a new respect for Hill Harper through reading this book.

Currently I have begun reading The Irresistable Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne.  This is an amazing book thus far, detailing Shane’s experiences as an intern for Mother Teresa in Calcutta orphanages and leper colonies.  I will detail more on this book when I finish.

Here is a quote from Shane’s book which is something Mother Teresa told him, ““We can do no great things, just small things with great love.”

What small things will you do this week, with great love?

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