Again with Shirley MacLaine's I'm Over All That And Other Confessions.
This continues to be a controversial topic in e-mails. Sunny read me some of the ones that have come in.
First, I don't 'believe.' If I did, I would most likely believe in what Shirley writes about because it is a fair and just understanding of the universe. But if you're so upset -- and only now getting -- that I'm not a Christian or of any other practicing faith, you'll need to go somewhere else. Your e-mails quoting the Bible or whatever other holy text are not going to sway me. I do not live in fear. I am not the product of some mood altering drug. My thoughts are pretty much as they have always been on this subject.
I do not insult people for believing and, honestly, I envy them. But I belong to no religion or spirituality. That's who I am. Accept it or move on.
So that's to the ones who just know they can 'save' me for whatever religion they belong to.
Now for those who believe in reincarnation and think I'm missing points of Shirley's writings or those who don't believe in reincarnation and see no reason to pick up Shirley's book.
If The Wizard of Oz is on the TV, I stop and watch. If I know it's coming on, I make plans to watch. I first saw the movie as a child on TV, on a black & white TV. We'd gone to visit my grandmother on my father's side (and this was shortly after my mother's mother passed away). She had a big house, wooden house. The porch was high, high off the ground. Which became an issue to me, a young child, as I watched the house Dorothy was in get tossed around. But I remember my parents and my grandmother going to talk in the kitchen and I was in the living room, in front of my grandmother's large TV. As the movie went along, I scooted back. Soon I was on the couch. Soon I was under the couch. That is where I watched the rest of the film from.
It's a magical movie and one I still love. I love story tellers and great stories. If I believe in reincarnation, I'm sure I would get additional levels in Shirley's writings; however, I can still enjoy her strong writing and story telling abilities.
So can you if you like good writers. I don't have to agree with everything or anything to enjoy a book. I read a lot for work -- journals and studies -- but for my own reading, I want to be taken away. I want to be caught up in the page. Shirley MacLaine's a powerful writer.
I also look to people who will make me think as I read along. She does make me think. I am fully aware that I could be wrong. So be it if I am. But none of that takes away from the joy I get reading her book.
If you're looking for a good book to read, I would strongly encourage you to pick up I'm Over All That. Tricia e-mailed to say the book was 30% off at her Target so you might make Target a starting place to look for the book.
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