I was supposed to post this last Saturday. And I host this discussion group. Lol I fail at book blogging this year.
Faith and Fiction Round Table is a group of bloggers who discuss books that deal with issues relating to the Christian faith...we've read a variety of books and this is our contemporary Christian fiction selection for the year.
To be honest, there aren't a lot of ideas/themes to pull from this book to discuss. Essentially, it's a sort of dystopian book where in the future the rulers of the world have managed to eradicate all emotions but fear. So imagine reading a book where the characters can't feel! Fun! It requires a lot of suspension of disbelief to make it through.
Despite all of that, I will say that I think our society has issues with dealing with emotions. And it's not exactly surprising, because they can be uncomfortable and not a lot of fun to deal with. Things hurt. Life sucks. So this book is pretty much saying, feelings are what make you alive...the ability to love and then feel the loss of love is what makes you human.
I remember reading this Russian vampire book last year where the vampire had a special gift of being able to feel what people around him felt. When he went to the theater, though, he could feel all this secondhand emotion. That really stuck with me, because I'm guilty of that I think. There are times when I have absolutely no idea there are broken bits inside of me and some ridiculous movie or TV show will open up the floodgates. And I think our society in general uses TV and movies to feel things in ways we refuse to feel them in our own lives and there's a kind of danger in becoming dependent on that. In living your life for the escape and outlet of stories about other people, instead of just, you know, paying attention to the story of our own lives. Of course there's a reason we have books, movies, and TV. It's only dangerous when those things become more real than reality.
And that's really all I have to say about this book. Others who posted:
Semicolon, Book Addiction, Wordlily, Ignorant Historian, Book Journey, Books and Movies, the 3rs Blog, Thomas Bingaman.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Posted by Amy at 1:45 AM
Faith and Fiction Round Table Discussion: Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee