West Baptist Church

A place of shelter, faith and laughter

West Baptist Church random header image

Making Room: Soul Food 1

January 15th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

“Fear is always with us: that we are not good enough or strong enough, and so will fail; that we will be hurt.  Fear that what we love will be taken from us.  Fear of dying, even fear of God, or of no God.  But God surprises us by giving us strength to bear what we must; by giving us joy when we think nothing but sadness is possible.  God became human to experience the power that death had over us.  Do not be afraid – God is aware of us in the world, aware of the world we live in, striving for the great good of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  The world is charged with the grandeur of God, it will flame out like shining from shook foil.”

good to a fault

So says Paul Tippett at the midnight Christmas service I’ve just read about in Marina Endicott’s prizewinning novel, Good to a Fault.  Hearing his words of hope are Dolly and Trevor, whose destitute mother, Lorraine, is in hospital having chemotherapy, and middle-class Canadian insurance agent, Clara, who has taken these straggling stranger children in, almost by accident discovering the deep belongingness hospitality can bring.

If you are after some summer reading that will feed your mind and heart, check this absorbing book out.  Good to a Fault is a beautifully written, easy-flowing, down-to-earth examination of the costs and joys of making room for strangers in our lives.

For us at West, a community of shelter, faith and laughter, doing our best to make room for people, there’s heaps in this book to make us think.

Tags:   · · · · 4 Comments

Leave A Comment

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Murray Lowe Jan 18, 2010 at 7:20 am

    For those of us visually challenged- what is the font size? Im keen to read this book

  • 2 Robyn Ryan Jan 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Hmmmmmm sounds like my type of book

  • 3 Thalia Kehoe Rowden Jan 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Murray: my copy is a normal-sized paperback, but I see Puke Ariki has a couple of copies and one may be the bigger trade paperback size.
    Murray and Robyn: I’m glad you’re keen! Liane has my copy at the moment, so chat to her about being next or feel free to reserve it at Puke Ariki. It’s really excellent!

  • 4 Murray May 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

    This book was a very enjoyable read, certainly asked some questions about our motives in caring for others e.g. children. If I don’t like a book I stop reading but I got right to the end of this one. Quite long and in places I felt got a bit sidetracked but nevertheless I’d rank it as one of my top 10 reads.