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I found this funny and worth a Be Naked post…even thought we are currently disbanded. Anyone up for a Spring awakening?!

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Yes. It’s true. We’ve been missing in action. We’re all still reading (and some may have even finished) The Bookseller of Kabul. It’s taking a while but we’re still all alive and well.

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Book Summary via bookbrowse.com: In Afghanistan, just after the fall of the Taliban, a bookseller named Sultan Khan allowed a western journalist to move into his home and experience firsthand his family’s life in the newly liberated capital city of Kabul.

From that act of openness emerges this remarkable book, already an international bestseller–the most intimate look yet at ordinary life for those who have weathered Afghanistan’s extraordinary upheavals. One husband, two wives, five children, and many other relatives sharing four small rooms opened up their lives, unforgettably.

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“It’s a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say, ” continued the old man.  “it describes people’s inability to choose their own destinies.  And it ends up saying that everyone believes the wold’s greatest lie.”

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised.

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.  That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

Do you ever feel that particular books come to you, though unexpected, with brilliant timing? My mom gave me this book 5 years ago.  I had read the first chapter, probably 6 times, before this last attempt.  This time- this time I was hooked.  I am the first one finished, this NEVER happens!  During moments of the book I felt it became a bit more spiritual than I’m comfortable with and the language is definitely not captivating.  Still, it really resonated with me.  I believe in fate and I believe in destiny.  I suppose, until now, I never thought about the difference.

In my own personal life, I realize that unless I am ever to reach my own destiny, fate is not enough.

It all comes down to decisions.  Decide to acknowledge. Decide to accept.  Decide to chance.

I’ve seen the pyramids.  And let me tell you, they’re definitely worth it all.

Happy reading,

Jillian

Not too long, The Alchemist is a perfect summer read. It is inspiring and uplifting, loaded full of things to discuss and apply to our daily lives. It is a life-changing book! Start reading!

We now have four members in the Be Naked Book Club! Welcome, Caleb! We all met to discuss the book last week over beers, and then went to see Water for Elephants. See the last post for my thoughts on it versus the book…

 

7 out of 10. What do you think? I give the movie a 6. Having read the book, which is WAY better, there were many disappointing casting choices including a blonde playing Marlena (who’s a brunette in the book, which is mention many times throughout the book!). Uncle Al is not included in the movie and the relationship between Marlena and Jacob was a little downplayed in my opinion. I wasn’t convinced there was more than lust/passion there… I also wanted to see more aerial views that, to me, would of elevated the circus’s majestic quality.

Up sides to the movie are the costumes. I want ALL of Marlena’s outfits. Although blonde, Reese Witherspoon did an amazing job as Marlena. I usually see a repeating character from her in most of the movies she’s in, but in Water for Elephants, she played someone else, which was refreshing. The animal/human relationship was also well scripted and developed. Rosie! What a beautiful creature! Augusts paranoid schizophrenia was also well played. I got a good sense of both sides to him. The ending black and white films clips of Jacob and Marlena living their “happily-ever-after” was also a great touch!

Thanks for reading and watching!

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