Another Book Meme

I was tagged by Wordsmith.

So here’s the rules of the Meme:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The three sentences are from The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova:

“Somebody obviously doesn’t want you–or–anybody–checking out that book,” I observed. I kept my voice quiet, watching her. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard,” she said sharply, putting sugar in her cup and stirring it.

Consider yourself tagged Kay, Heather, Michelle, Laura, and Cliff.

7 thoughts on “Another Book Meme

  1. MOI: I gave it a shot but couldn’t find 5 friends – isn’t that pathetic? I’m so new at the blogging I haven’t built up much of a list yet. Thanks anyway. 🙂

  2. My response:

    Mine is from ‘Not by Politics Alone: The Enduring Influence of the Christian Right,’ by Sara Diamond.

    “In any case, they hold no moral high ground on the divorce question, and yet the drive to save the traditional family requires some sort of response. There are two approaches within the Christian Right and the broader evangelical subculture. One, the legal route, is to try and make divorce more difficult.”

    It’s a fascinating book, and one guarenteed to spike one’s blood pressure. 🙂

  3. OneSmallStep,

    It sounds like an interesting book! I would probably agree though, that divorce (and marriage) should be more difficult. So should having a baby. But, hey, that’s just me.

  4. MOI,

    That particular section was involving the aspects that the Christian Right targets. One thing that they don’t give as much attention to is divorce, compared to abortion and homosexuality. The reason why they can’t is because evangelicals have the same track record as seculars do in divorce — it happens a lot. So if they attacked it as much as the other two, they’d lose a lot of followers.

    However, I do think divorce happens too frequently. On the “lesser evil” side, I’d rather have it be too frequent, and let women escape bad situations, then infrequent and them remain in danger.

    I still recommend the book, though.

  5. OneSmallStep,

    Yes, I’d much rather they escape than stay. Nowhere in the bible are women enjoined to stay and be abused verbally or physically! I think evangelicals are in a bind here as well, because if they really followed the bible as literally as they say they do, they’d realize that Jesus said not to divorce. This is why I can’t take the bible literally either. Legal bindings before mental and physical health? Uh uh.

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