May 23, 2014
World's Tallest Man
This week's long read is GQ's poignant story of the giant, Leonid S. The 34-year-old lives in Ukraine, weighs 480 pounds, and is 8.5 feet tall—and still growing. The author, Michael Paterniti, explains why he wanted to write about Leonid:
Beyond my admittedly voyeuristic interest in the facts of the giant's life—his huge hands, his constant search for clothes that fit, the way he traveled by horse and cart—that one comment brought with it the intimation of something heartbreaking and holy. It began a story: Once upon a time, there was a giant who kept growing.... And yet this was a real life. And what kind of life was it when you had to find solace among fruits and vegetables? Maybe he was an angel. Turned out of heaven, or thrown down to save the world. What other explanation could there be?
The Downside of Date Nights
Three marriage-related articles caught my attention recently. Two are apologetics for traditional marriage, a notion that is (amazingly) under great pressure these days: "Why We Should Stop Making Arguments for Traditional Marriage" (meaning the burden of proof is on those who eschew it) and "In Defense of Monogamy and Marriage."
The third is more practical: "How to live happily ever after, according to science." Apparently, date nights don't work!
Jesus the Tiger
The man who wrote Jesus Mean and Wild cannot resist pointing you to a new book of similar nature, Drew Dyck's Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying, and in particular this excerpt.
Being Loved Within Weakness
Let me draw your attention to the writing of William McDavid. His comments on "The Ungrateful Son," a Grimm brothers' fairy tale, match the psychological and theological insights that are part and parcel of his new book, Eden and Afterward: A Mockingbird Guide to Genesis.
From his book (in a section on the Fall, though the comment is apropos to the fairy tale):
Being truly loved and being self-sufficient are in conflict. Being loved, at its height, means being loved within our weakness and failures; being loved in a way that is simultaneous with being known. But being self-sufficient means pretending those weaknesses do not exist; it entails performing and earning.
That certainly describes a lifelong tension I wrestle with.
Until next week, grace and peace,