I just finished another book. I must say, I am on a roll. For the first time in a long while, I have rediscovered a love for reading. I might recommend "Love Walked In" by Maria de Los Santos, but only with the disclaimer that there are some poor choices of expletives.

If and when I fall in love, I mean really fall in love, I may quote this line...

A real life doesn't mean getting what you want: the achievement, the privilege, too, is knowing what you love. But getting what you love? Having what you love love you back? Oh, my friend, it's a miracle: your one tiny life's head-on collision with divinity. Page 299


I guess I could quote it now. Being on this side of eternal bliss--the "pre" side, or Prebliss. It still fits. The divine head-on collision that is the miracle of true love, really is a miracle.

When I am a writer (notice there is no IF), I will love this line even more than I did when I read it the first time...

Getting the words right mattered, but so did describing his voice when he talked and capturing the feeling that filled her as he spoke and after he spoke. She thought about the word "capture," how it put a writer on par with a fur trapper or big-game hunter, and how it implied that stories were whole and roaming around loose in the world, and a writer's job was to catch them. Except of course that a writer didn't kill what she caught, didn't stuff it and hang it on a wall; the point was to keep the stories alive. She felt skeptical about this way of thinking about writing, she decided, but was glad to have considered it. Page 203

Because I am a therapist (even in training), I love this line now. The job of a good writer, rather a good therapist (ah...does it fit?), is to keep stories alive.
Stories are whole and roaming loose and free. Helping others capture their stories, to tell them and re-tell them and look for the shining moments of joy and gratitude and imagination and creativity, that is what puts me on par with the big guns. hm? Do I sound very strange? This is just where my mind went--on a safari where people's stories are the game, but not just their stories, their hopes and dreams and intentions. The ones that so often are ignored when they enter a therapist's office.

7 comments:

Aubrey said...

Is it just me, or has this book group sparked a fire within you? I LOVE reading again. And thanks for the suggestions on what to read next. I've almost finished The Other Boleyn Girl. What a page turner!

¡emily frame! said...

the 4th book in Twilight came out, I think we should all read it on the beach.

¡emily frame! said...

it doesn't mean what you think it means. the only common factor in my headaches are that i am on birth control... so diaphragm here i come?

DESTINY said...

What did you think of the other Boleyn girl? I read it and wished that books had ratings, but it was good. Another book you might like is The kite runner and I am reading These is my words right now which is great. anyway- I love getting suggestions on what books to read- I think next i will try the love walked in book you read.

Dopp Family said...

Wow Charity... you are a good writer and a deep thinker! I hope you do write a book so I can read it.

Yay for book clubs too! I'm remembering my love for books again and they are so much fun!

DESTINY said...

don't know why i missed the line about that book having swear words. Maybe i won't read it. darn it.

¡emily frame! said...

i know, sad right? i'm basically dressing a smaller version of myself. they don't have a chance of normalcy.