Reading a deeply theological, comforting book, you ask?
Nah. My book is comforting, but doesn't even pretend to be spiritual. It's Betty MacDonald's Onions In The Stew and when I finished it an hour ago, I began rereading her The Plague and I. Yes, the book I reread two weeks ago. I need it again, it's perfect for how I'm feeling and I don't care what anybody else thinks I should be reading--these books are truly helping me recover from that horrible Friday and all the other horribleness in the news since then.
Each of us must know what works for us, what helps restore our peace and equilibrium. And then do it, whatever it is. Just do it, even if your Great Aunt Sophie whines that you're being ghoulish or weak.
These days it's vital that we specifically know our needs so to keep our sanity intact--and never allow anyone to convince us their way of coping is right, ours, wrong.
Anyway. Did you know that you, too, can read Onions In The Stew online? Yep, I discovered that just today and you don't even need a real kindle or a pretend one like mine. Just go here and start reading for free:
Onions In The Stew
I usually skip over Betty's description of her island's history near the beginning. Oh, and here are my very favorite chapters:
Bringing In The Sheaves (oh my, I love this chapter)
Adolescence, or Please Keep Imogene Until She Is Thirty
Onions In The Stew
So there you go and here I go back to Debra's World, alone. Well, not alone-alone. But you already knew that.
And may each of us continue to receive healing from the One who gives abundantly.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (NIV)
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. (NIV)
Oh, and yesterday I found an extremely cool Betty MacDonald slide show. It has lots of information and assorted links about her family and photos and essays and kept me busy for an hour. (Click on 'Click here to start the slide show'.)
And today (December 30th) I discovered Betty's The Egg and I online, as well. Read it here.