Well I gotta tell you, I loved my last book club read! “The cross in the closet” was fantastic. There were moments when, as I read, I wasn’t sure I liked what Tim was doing but as he led me through the days and months of his journey, I was continually drawn into his story. It’s not everyday we get a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes. I wish I was understood more. I’m sure everyone has a story or two about how someone made you feel less than.
I’m told by people that I am too sensitive, without ever asking why I am that way. What makes a person sensitive or fearful or rough and insensitive. It’s life baby. How many times have you been knocked down? Cause and effect! You can’t escape it. You can only pick yourself up, brush yourself off and start all over again.
I can’t imagine being one of those people that get to go to work and do their job and not be judge by their lifestyle. Believe me in a city as wonderful as Toronto, the stereo types are alarming. I have actually heard things like “Is he gay? Oh then hire him he will be fabulous and funny and make us all laugh all the time.” Like we are all the character “Jack” from that hit T.V show “Will and Grace”or “Asians only want to be helped by other Asians.”or “If you talk to a Pakistani person and bobble your head they will respond favourably to you and buy more.” This list could go on and on. I still hear from passing cars, right in the heart of this great city, people shouting faggot. I’m always amazed at how they know who the person is sleeping with. Are there physic bullies out there?
The book! It certainly brings up allot to think about. Allot to ponder and to even inspire change. Not just from the perpetrator but also from the victim. Life can suck but living continually as the victim is also a bad place to start a new day.
What can you do if you feel wounded by life? I wish I had the answer for you here in black and white but for me, I try to live my life with passion, integrity and love. Believe me most days I fail miserably and some of my own prejudices come creeping out but I keep trying. I keep moving forward. I forgive myself for my weakness’s and I keep on reading.
“The Cross in the Closet” by Timothy Michael Kurek
5 kisses out of 5
OK OK!!!! Moving on and moving up!
It’s time “finally” for my next “Bruce’s Book Club” book!
Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picault
In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterlings residents.
One of my fabulous and dedicated reader’s (Mary-Ellen) brought this book to my attention many months ago. It is this March’s book club choice! I am excited to say, On your mark! Get set! Read!!!!