I have just finished reading Tattoos On The Heart: The Power Of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle (founder of Homeboy Industries). I am pretty sure this was a recommendation from someone at Yarn Along a while back. And thanks to whoever was reading it as it is a truly uplifting read. Tragic but uplifting. The number of stories he told about finally making a breakthrough with one of the boys, only to have them shot down by rival gangs soon after, is heartbreaking. But there are so many success stories as well. And not success stories as some may see them - no overnight millionaires, or superhero stories. Just success in that many of the men went on to hold jobs and have families, which is the type of life many of them could not see as being in their future.
A quote from the book I found inspirational. I know I can feel this way as well, that I am not really 'enough' for Jesus as I am now. That if only I worked harder, studied my Bible more, was just 'more', then I would be more acceptable. This quote showed me I am enough right now.
"Jesus says, "You are the light of the world." I like even more what Jesus doesn't say. He does not say, "One day, if you are more perfect and try really hard, you'll be light." He doesn't say "If you play by the rules, cross your T's and dot your I's, then maybe you'll become light." No. He says, straight out, "You are light." It is the truth of who you are, waiting only for you to discover it. So no need to contort yourself to be anything other than who you are."
|Another quote from the book.|
For knitting, I am working on Ode To Doris by Kelly Brooker. Wonderful designs!
This is the first one I have nearly completed:
I have knitted this one in my hand-dyed alpaca. It is very hard to see the colours in the photo, but this is what it looked like in the skein.
I have started another Ode To Doris as well, this time in a mix of my hand-dyed 4ply. I am using two strands of a pale red tonal and a multi-coloured. I am liking the way it is looking so far.
And I managed to get some tonal dyeing done this week - much quicker and easier than the hand-painted yarn when the boys are home!
My favourite is the yellow!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been reading and knitting. I'm sure I will be adding to my enormously long list of books I need to read.