Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Break Time!

So...I need a break. Classes just wrapped up (forever!) and I have been completely stressed over that, not to mention Christmas is next week and we just found out we're flying home. I have to somehow make up a whole bunch of hours at work before next week, plus meet with my book club, buy and wrap more presents, go to a work party Friday night, plus another Monday morning, and I'm exhausted. I would love to keep writing about holiday books, but I just don't have the energy. To tell you the truth, I don't even have the energy to read lately and I still have a pile of Cybils nominees waiting to be read. Therefore, I'm taking a brief blogging break. I'll be back soon with lots of reviews and hopefully good tales of time in New York after Christmas. Miss me!

7 comments:

Erin said...

I hope you have a great Christmas, Amanda!

Becky said...

I hope you have a great Christmas, Amanda. You definitely need some time to relax and just be. No worries. No pressures. Christmas is coming much much too fast for me. I don't know how I'll ever get in the mood with everything going on.

Susan said...

Have a Merry Christmas, Amanda. I'll be interested to see what you post when you get back. Be safe and have fun.

Katie said...

Hello, I found your blog and it looks awesome. Have you read the book "And Three Makes Tango"? It's interesting because I think you may have said that "Closed hearts equal closed minds." As Christians we're supposed to speak out about wrong things going on. We are supposed to help people by praying for them. God cares that there are people who claim to be His child and are tolerating sins. They don't even think it's wrong, when the Bible clearly names homosexuality as a sin. Here's a website (from Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry-"CARM".org-google it if you don't trust it)that I think you might like: http://www.carm.org/issues/homosexuality.htm.
Don't worry, I won't bother you anymore, I just don't want you to harden your heart toward God and think that sinning is okay. If you don't read that, that would be like hardening your heart. Please listen to God and not satan.

Amanda said...

Katie,

Though I appreciate the "nice" comment that you initially started out with, I really wish you would have left it at that. It is because of the closed-minded individuals in this society that we have hatred and that we have children growing up believing that it is ok to bluntly tell someone that they are wrong for being themselves. I am a children's librarian. I am also a strong Christian that has an excellent relationship with the Lord. I am not the book police. If someone does not want their children to read a book such as "And Tango Makes Three" that is, of course, their perogative. I would never tell someone not to read a book, that they very well may like, nor would I suggest reading a book that I know they would find offense. Everyone is different. I think the book was delightful. The story was sweet, the illustrations were great, and it is an excellent book to teach children about differences in the world. Which there very much are. Our society is not vanilla, though I know a lot of "Christians" believe it would be better if it were. I'm very sorry if you do not believe that God accepts everyone, despite differences, but I believe he does. God loves everyone. White, black, green, gay, straight, whatever. It doesn't matter. Now I will go back to praying and worrying about things that truly matter, rather than stressing about closed-minded individuals. Though you said many Christians are "tolerating sins, not even thinking they are wrong" it is not tolerating it is accepting people as they are, as God does many a time in the Bible. Please do not participate in commenting on my blog again, though if you would like book suggestions on the beautiful differences, among God's people, as well as on acceptance, I, as a librarian, would be delighted to give them to you.

Maggie said...

Amen Amanda!

I like to think of my job and my religion as the same, as in I'm spreading humanity - the quality of being human in all its different forms - to everyone I meet. I would never want to discourage another from finding God or Great books b/c they are sinners. Who among us isn't? My motto is to leave the judging to God, whoever that God may be! I'm Methodist, but rather than being taught this stance, I think it came naturally. :D

Amanda said...

Thanks Erin, Becky, Susan, and Maggie! These are the comments I enjoy receiving! Especially since the rude comment was left on a post that said I was exhausted and stressed and just needed a break. She really wanted to just push me over the edge! :-) Merry Christmas to you all!