Beyond catching up with one another’s lives, dressing up like Downton Abbey gentry, and generally relaxing, a third component of the DIVAS (Divinely Inspired Vivaciously Affectionate Sisterhood) involves sharing books and movies we have enjoyed during the past year.
Toxic Christianity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) prompted discussion because we all contribute and desire to spend wisely what is truly God’s money!
Many DIVAS gave rave reviews to Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption. From age 16 Katie Davis, suburban teen from Tennessee with an enviable resume for college applications, had a passion to live out her faith. The book chronicles her love for Uganda and her ongoing adventure (She’s now 24) living in Uganda and adopting, at last count, 13 Ugandan orphans. The story had particular significance because one of the DIVAS had spent the last academic year in Uganda with her husband, there on an academic scholarship to help establish a nursing program for Ugandans.
Another category of book sharing reflects the fact that many of us are grandmothers now. I actually purchased two of the suggested books as birthday gifts for my six-year-old granddaughter. We’ve already read 47 Beavers, a tale about what can be accomplished when we work together.
Currently, we read a few pages each night from a book with a valuable lesson for adults and children. Sidney and Norman tells the story of two pigs, one who takes pride in his neatness and various abilities. Norman’s next-door neighbor, Sidney, messes up on a regular basis, but both receive an invitation to meet with God one day. The two meetings offer teaching without preaching, a delightful presentation of truth!
So although none of us pledged a sorority while at Houghton College, we have a deeper bond as we discuss the books we’ve read and make suggestions for children’s books. During the last year, I believe all the Divas read Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer. Quite the tome, but rich, so rich in fact, that many of us quoted from his book during the course of the weekend.
One more part to this series needs to be set down as a reminder of the glue that truly holds us together, but that’s for next blog.