Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book #70 - On the Wings of Habitat

5153f3txVbL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_ I was searching for books on community, and good karma, and ran across On the Wings of Habitat. I have always admired Habitat, and would like to work for them someday.

I knew Habitat for Humanity was basically a Christian organization, but I wasn’t expecting this story. It’s written by a painter/drywaller in Canada that’s a volunteer. He also has his own very strong, but not formal Christian religious beliefs. He’s a lapsed Catholic, as we find out.

The story is of a blitz build in Canada and this tradesman’s experience. It somewhat has a complaining nature about the blitz build, trying to get too much done with not enough time or volunteer help, and partially a religious book. It wanders through his interactions and spiritual conversations with others on this particular build, going back in time talking about his life or other experiences.

I was surprised how much spirituality there is, and it’s linked with, but radically different than most Christian religions. I almost had to put it down, but I worked through it slowly, thinking about the author’s thoughts. I don’t necessarily agree with the way he sees the world, but it was a thought provoking story.

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