Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Phyrne Fisher is an independently wealthy heiress in the 1920s, after having served as a nurse in World War I, and in order to fill her days hires herself out as a "Lady Detective". The first season is available on Netflix and is really quite charming. The costumes are my favorite part, truly exquisite.
The second season is only available on AcornTV - kind of like Netflix for British shows - so I haven't seen it yet, but I just discovered that the television series is based on a series of books! I check the first one, Cocaine Blues, out of the library yesterday and look forward to breezing through some quick, entertaining period mysteries.
I was intrigued by this buzzfeed list of "32 books that will actually change your life". I heartily concur with the selection of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Crime and Punishment, and Sophie's World. I thoroughly enjoyed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, too. Under the Banner of Heaven's irresponsible and inaccurate depiction of Mormonism and its conflation of fundamentalist polygamists with the mainstream LDS Church certainly doesn't put it at the top of my list. I was pretty neutral on Life of Pi, I didn't care for Never Let Me Go, and I thought The Joy of Cooking was a bit of an odd inclusion to a list of "life changing" books.
And, of course, there are other books I'd add to my own list. The Screwtape Letters, which we just discussed at book club last night, Half the Sky, Left to Tell, The God Who Weeps...
What are your "life changing" books?
This blog post "3 Reasons I Quit Loving the Sinner and Hating the Sin" from back in October has stuck with me. I've never liked that phrase - "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" - and she beautifully articulates the problems with that mentality.
I love her insight into the story of the woman being stoned for adultery and her observation that "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" is "made of 25% Love and 75% Sinner, Hate and Sin...that ratio is the antithesis of Jesus’ life, Jesus’ words, Jesus’ actions, and Jesus’ friendships. Does it really come as a surprise to us Christians that a phrase made of 1 Part Love and 3 Parts Sinner, Hate and Sin has failed rather spectacularly to deliver a love message?"
And she closes with this:
This is the time to call out Neighbor! And Friend! And to love on each other with extravagant grace. This is the time to create Sanctuary and to be the Good Samaritan who had no standards when he helped the man by the side of road. Just none. Except generosity and love.Amen.
And so, you see, it turns out I cannot love the sinner and hate the sin, because it’s not my job to root out either one in anyone’s life but my own. But I can become a home for Love, and I can Love my Neighbor, who, it turns out, is every single one of us.
And with that, I'm going to pat myself on the back and say "yay for me!" for not missing a single week of Friday Fours for a year.
Yay for me!