Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Lent With Kristin Lavransdatter

 I didn't mean to go underground and neglect my blog for a week, but sometimes life is strong and busy stuff and the blog just takes a back seat.

And sometimes, I'm reading an 1,100 page book.

Recently, it's been a case of Both Those Things.


I still don't have enough time to do justice to a blog post today, but I couldn't let the day go by without mentioning The Book I've Been Reading. I started Kristin Lavransdatter just before Christmas (it's been on my To-Read list for years) and read the first book of the trilogy. I loved it, but for various reasons I put it down for a bit while I focused on other things. Just before Lent, I picked it up again. I finished it last night.

It's fitting that Kristin became my Lenten reading. It's a stunning novel -- an epic, really. And it is radiant and blazing with the mercy and glory of God.

Please forgive me, all you anti-dog-earers, but sometimes I just can't help myself. I don't keep pen and sticky-notes handy when I'm reading. I try, I fail. So I dog-ear, then later I go back and copy down all the quotes I want to keep, savor, remember.

I couldn't really dog ear the entire book, but sometimes I thought I'd come close:


Kristin deserves so much more than a quick blog post, and I'll work on that. But I decided this quick post was better than nothing. Make Kristin your Easter reading. Make it your summer reading. Make it your I-Will-Read-It-Before-the-End-of-2015 reading. Make the time -- it's worth the time, in so many ways. 

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6 comments:

Emily said...

I love Kristin! I've been meaning to re-read her for years. A friend of mine sent me the copy you have for my birthday a few years ago, and I just fell in love with her. I started re-reading The Wreath but then stopped, inexplicably....

Karen Edmisten said...

It's such a beautiful translation, Emily!

jennifer said...

I read it on my Kindle and as much as I resist any new technology, I love that I can bring up my list of highlights. So much beautiful imagery and passages on Grace and motherhood and marriage.

Karen Edmisten said...

Oh, yes, Jen, being able to bring up the list of highlights would be a huge one in the pro column for Kindles!

Yes to the beautiful passages on Grace, motherhood, marriage ... so much beauty.

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