Thursday, February 26, 2009
Beginning in India, the story progresses to Africa where it remains until the protagonist immigrates to America. Marion, the narrator of this fictional autobiography, is one of a set of identical twins. His birth and life at the mission, Missing, provide the basis for the conflicts and triumphs contained in the novel. The historical backdrop, Ethiopia's internal conflicts and coups, impart additional depth to the book's realistic atmosphere. The title "Cutting for Stone" is taken from the Hippocratic oath, but may also reflect a double meaning. The biological father of the Marion and his twin, Shiva, is Thomas Stone, a famous surgeon. In what may be a subconscious effort to emulate and impress their absent parent, both become skilled surgeons. They are "Cutting for Stone".
This is one of the most outstanding books I have been privileged to read. Verghese is a skilled writer and draws the reader into the book immediately. The characters are strong, interesting, and very human; the conflicts are realistic and keep the pace of the novel moving forward. Even minor characters are sufficiently well developed so that the reader would like to know more about their lives. There is gentle humor, emotional turmoil, and great personal triumph throughout the book.
Allow yourself the luxury of time to read "Cutting for Stone" without interruption. If you do not, you will find yourself thinking about the characters and wondering what is going to happen to each one. In my opinion, that is the mark of a great book - the author has captured your attention and quietly demands you give it to nothing else. When a book as fine as "Cutting for Stone" is involved, you are more than happy to comply. You can, if necessary, read this book in multiple sessions without losing interest or forgetting what has previously occurred.
Had I been allowed to rate this book more than five stars, I would have done so. It is truly a masterpiece." (review off Amazon)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Ethiopian Home CookingTHERESA OVERLUND, HANNA PETROS
Hanna and Theresa have returned with another intriguing Ethiopian menu that you can easily duplicate with authentic methods and flavors. Gommen Be Siga Qiqil (lamb with collard greens) is a hearty farmer’s dish that warms your tummy and your heart. Ye Sukwar Dinich Wo’t is a Spiced Yam Sauce and Sofiliya is a lightly sautéed, baked seasonal veggie dish that will impress you with its varied textures and tastes. With the counterpoint of Salata, salad with fresh herbs and lime dressing, you’ll experience the variety and depth of Ethiopian home cooking. With meat; no dairy or eggs.
I was a ton of fun. The only problem was that I have a major sinus infection and could hardly smell a thing. The food was great. Much better than the Ethiopian restaurant I went to. I highly recommend the class.
Not so fun: Being "stuck" at number 6 for boys. There have been no referrals that I know of since the 14th. So it's only 11 days but it feels like forever.
Charlie has bronchitis and has been having trouble keeping his oxygen levels up. So...every 4 hours day and night we have to give him a nebulizer treatment. In addition he is on Steroids...this seems to have made him like a PMSing woman. He is super hungry and emotional.
That sums of life with the Weiseths. Oh yah, as if life wasn't crazy enough....Our store opens Friday!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here is the link to a John Piper sermon on Adoption and how it is the heart of the gospel. It is about an hour but such an amazing message. I took 6 pages of notes and had goose bumps the whole time. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I realized this is what adoption is. Redemption.
Many (too many) were born into slavery. Given up, abandoned, many times the product of sin, etc. They need redeeming. They need to be purchased, won, freed from captivity and distress. Andrew and I also need that redemption- from our sins, our selfishness, ourselves. Jesus is allowing Andrew and I to participate in redeeming a life-not for our glory but for His and to help us understand our own redemption. Hebrews 9:12 "He entered once and for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption." Jesus gave up his life for us...we will give up money, time, convenience for a child. A Life! Isn't that cool! Jesus has redeemed us and allows us to participate in redeeming others. Galatians 4:4-7"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying, "Abba! Father!" So that you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."