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Eat, Pray, Love…

Posted in books with tags on June 23, 2008 by erin

I’m reading. Yup, you read that right. A book. Not a magazine, although I do love a glossy mag. and can’t wait to delve into the new Real Simple. But right now what I’m reading has lots of pages. I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. I know I’m probably the very last person on earth to read this delightful book and I can see why it’s a best seller. I found several paragraphs that really spoke to me and thought I would share them. Elizabeth says is very well: (The following paragraph was taken directly from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book.  Her profound words, not mine.)

Faith is a way of saying, ‘Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I embrace in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.’ There’s a reason we refer to ‘leaps of faith’-because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be-by definition-faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be…..a prudent insurance policy. I’m not interested in the insurance industry. I’m tired of being a skeptic, I’m irritated by spiritual prudence and I feel bored and parched by empirical debate. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I couldn’t care less about evidence and proof and assurances. I just want God. I want God inside me. I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on water.”