And, no, I don’t want to talk about what hasn’t been getting done around here while I’m reading….
I do, however, want to tell you that this story is the most amazing example of cHesed-based communitas I have ever heard...and I've heard a lot of them.
The Back to Jerusalem band’s story shows extreme love of God in the face of incredible persecution--laying down one's life for one's Lord; Irina’s book shows the power of the love that lays down one's life for one's friends …WOW!
I don’t have time to process more right now, but I wanted to share these two quotes:
From p. 225—“Strange things happen when you have nothing to depend on except God’s help.”
And from p. 238—“…the best way to retain one’s humanity in the camps: to care more about another’s pain than your own.”
That I have been able to read this book this quickly is a testament to its powerful story…this book is going on my recommended reading list for everyone who wants to understand the power of cHesed, the centrality of the concept of covenant to discipleship, and the amazing and rare gift that is this level of communitas.
Wow....Irina and the other women of the Small Zone, and their families, were a bigger part of what brought down the iron curtain than most realize.