This book was recommended by my good friend Keelie. She has been a huge influence on opening my mind to so many different things, especially the meaning of life and spirituality in general. I could probably, and maybe I should, write an entire post on just Keelie and all she has taught me!
Anyways, lately more than ever I have been struggling with what I believe in. I grew up in a Christian household going to church regularly for many years (eventually that stopped due to other life and family struggles), but there were many years I went to church on Sunday with my family and many Wednesday nights I spent going to Oasis (youth group). I loved those Oasis days. I had so many friends from different schools I was able to see, got to escape the home life for a bit and it was something I looked forward to every week. I tried to keep the focus on God, but as I look back it was more of a social event for a young teenager. I’m not saying everyone treated it that way, but I feel like the social aspect was the biggest reason why I continued to go. I thought it was the end of the world if I couldn’t make it. I felt like if I closed my eyes when we prayed that would be enough. I listened to the speakers and all that, but it’s hard to understand the serious deep stuff when you’re young, worry free and just want to have fun.