This post contains affiliate links.So…what book is Hezekiah reading? I didn’t have very many takers in guessing…but the friend who introduced me to the book in the first place recognized it and said, “Best description ever! should be on the back of the book!”
For those of you who are confused…if you read older books at all you will notice that the word “ejaculate” was commonly used. While in 2019 ejaculate only has one meaning, historically that hasn’t been the case.
Hezekiah is very well-read and understood the older meaning in the context of the men arguing. And he also happens to have a brilliant (if dry) sense of humor. He was basically born a 40-year-old man and could read independently at age 4, so his description didn’t surprise me in the least.
Not to spoil anything about the book, but the main character, Ransom, is indeed drugged, kidnapped and taken off to space. His captors were walking around naked because of the heat in the space ship. So, there you go, I hope I have inspired you to check out this lesser-known book of C.S. Lewis.
And speaking of books. The best book I have read this year so far is No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny.
I have mentioned here before how much I love her podcast, Terrible Thanks for Asking. She helps people tell their stories, the good, the bad and the ugly (but mostly the bad and ugly). No Happy Endings is a memoir of life after loss.
“Life has a million different ways to kick you right in the chops. We lose love, lose jobs, lose our sense of self. For Nora McInerny, it was losing her husband, her father, and her unborn second child in one catastrophic year.”
Nora doesn’t sugar coat and her writing makes me feel like I have “permission” to tell the truth about my own struggles. Sometimes there are no happy endings, but that doesn’t mean we can’t lead a life worth living and sharing with others. So, thank you, Nora.
Warning: This book has a lot of swearing and I certainly don’t agree with her on many, many topics (the view of the Bible in particular) however, none of that outweighs what I gained from this book.
I highlighted so many sections of this book I could practically fill a blog post with just those. I won’t of course, but I am going to share a few.
“I had assumed that Aaron’s cancer had given us an immunity to other kinds of tragedy. What kind of a God is going to let you miscarry when your husband has brain cancer?”
Why would God give us a baby with a rare heart defect that took 18 months to diagnose, a botched surgery, a surgery (out-of-state) to fix the first, when we had already adopted two special needs infants? Shouldn’t suffering be spread out a little more evenly?
“I get the sense that they are disappointed in the visit. That I am neither sad enough nor happy enough. I do not meet their expectations.”
I have felt this tangible “disappointment” when Apollo was going through his worst and people wanted to see him as an inspiring role model. Guess what? He made a terrible poster child for Inspirational Sick Kids. He was miserable. He cried all the time. He rarely smiled. He was scared of everyone. I’m sorry if his suffering wasn’t “inspiring” enough. I’m sorry I couldn’t say, “Apollo is always smiling!”
Except I’m not sorry he wasn’t inspirational enough. I am sorry that was what people expected, or, dare I say, hoped for.
I’m am sorry he had to suffer too much. Has it made him a better, stronger person? I don’t know. But I know it has made him a more fearful, anxious person.
What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?