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If you haven’t read ‘Tuesday’s With Morrie,’ then I suggest it makes your “50 things I must do before I die” list!

Mitch Albom has a gift for taking the taboo subjects of our lives and 21st century Americanized Western culture, and confronting his readers with questions like ‘What’s our purpose in life?’, ‘What’s the place and importance of our relationships?’, ‘What’s the meaning and purpose of our death?’

‘Have a Little Faith’ deals with an even more sensitive topic, that of religion, the sometimes violent, sometimes awkward and sometimes beautiful relationships between the world’s major Religious traditions and  asks ‘What do I believe?’, ‘Do I have faith?’ and ‘In what do I place my faith?’

While the novel will be popular and will sell, it’s not trendy, while it addresses a controversial topic, it does so without the sensationalism of modern self-help programs, and while it calls people to reconsider the place of formal religion, it does so without being overly moralistic.

In truth, it didn’t leave me with the same warm fuzzies, “I-want-to-hug-everyone-I-love” feeling that ‘Tuesday’s With Morrie’ did, but it still made for a thought-provoking and interesting look at the lesser known people in our religious communities who work tirelessly in the counter-cultural, often unrewarding and always self-sacrificing service of others.

Well worth a read!

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What a lovely book. I finished reading this yesterday morning. It was a Christmas gift and is very much in the tradition of Paolo Coelho’s work.

A beautiful and meaningful book about the important life lessons that people should learn.

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I don’t often read long books. I am not entirely sure whether this comes from a lack of attention span… I have never been able to knit anything as long or involved as a jumper, despite the fact that I was able to knit intricate and fiddly toys! Perhaps it is simply an aversion to spending too much of my time on one storyline. Whatever the reason, when I have pushed myself to read a “long book” I have been delightfully rewarded.

Take my most recent journey into the world of ‘The Alphabet Sisters,’ what initially struck me as a Maeve Binchey-style romance, was a striking and meaningful novel which I am thoroughly pleased I read.

I finished the novel not long after Australia won the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan, interestingly, without the usual grief I feel when I finish “spending time” with the characters I have come to know and love. I loved the novel and I loved the realistic if not entirely happy ending. It transported me to a family where not is all what it seems and three sisters grow to learn that despite all the difficulties life throws at them, their friendship and love for each other helps them face anything.

To my sisters and friends, the novel is at my place for your perusal if ever and when you should like to read it.

Highly recommended by me!

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Wow! What a beautiful film, a visual treat.

From the moment the film opened I made up my mind to immerse myself in the 19th century world of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. I loved the tranquil music, the long pauses and the beautiful scenery. While the romance took a while to ignite I didn’t think the plot was too slow.

My favourite part was the analogy made between reading a poem and diving in a lake…

one doesn’t dive in a lake simply to immediately swim to the shore, the experience of the water and swimming in it is the reason we dive in. So too with poetry. Poetry is read to be enjoyed and savoured first and analysed later. John Keats

Not a direct quote from the film, this is what I remember of it and the meaning I took from it.

The other startling part of this film for me was the scene where Fanny is told of John’s death and is read the description of his last moments. She broke down from deep grief and this was portrayed so accurately and vividly that I could almost feel the difficulty she was having breathing.

Definitely glad I saw this one and I loved my first visit to Cinema Paris at Fox Studios.

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