Before we dive in to Chapters 3 and 4, I want to make a little change to the reading schedule. You probably noticed that Chapter 3 wrapped up Part 1 of the book and Chapter 4 started Part 2.
I’d like to keep us in the same Part each week, so next week I’m going to ask you to read THREE chapters–5, 6, and 7. Then the following week we’ll do 8 & 9 (then 10 & 11 and so on).
I know that sounds harsh, but guess what it’s going to mean? February 22, the last day of the Read-Along, will be Review/PARTY Week!! Instead of writing about Chapter 15, we’ll do some recapping, some story-sharing, and PRIZE-WINNING (multiple prizes that week!).
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Chapter 3: The Name Game
What did you think of the statement on page 37 that, “Most men define who they are by what they do–their jobs. Most women define who they are by who they know–their relationships.” Agree? Disagree? Do you fit that stereotype?
How about p. 45–“Beneath the surface of every person is a human being with an insatiable need to know who he or she was created to be.” Can you relate to that? How are you doing in the I-know-who-I-truly-am department?
Chapter 4: Puppets and Pawns
The story about the Bible Institute teacher who tried to guilt his students into becoming foreign missionaries made me sick. Has anyone ever tried to force you to become someone you just weren’t created to be? I feel so blessed that my parents never, not ever, tried to use me as a puppet or put square me in a round hole. I do remember my High School Calculus teacher telling me he really hoped I’d make a career out of math someday, and my English teacher telling me she really hoped I’d become a writer. Score one for the English teacher!
If you’re a parent (or a teacher), have you ever been guilty of trying to “persuade” your child (or student) to be something just because that’s what you wanted?
And how about this quote (p. 58)–“As long as we’re content pretending we’re someone we’re not, we’ll never discover our Secret Name. When we need to lie in order to get a new name, we only fool one person. Ourselves.” What do you make of that? Can you relate in any way?
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