I found reading in 2011 really difficult. Don’t get me wrong- it is not that I did not read. I just didn’t manage to get through my list, book club lists and then all of the professional and personal reading that one must do. So I have been trying to change in these first few days in 2012. Have you read any of these? When I put them alongside each other it does appear to be an eclectic mix. Love to know what you recommend from your reading on 2011.
So this is a confession of some recent trashy television viewing. Big Love-The final season. There are many things that appeal in this crazy HBO drama. It is not all fabulous acting or narrative, but a strange insight into polygamy and Mormon life. There are glimpses of Christian speak and doctrine interwoven with nasty rows between sister wives, jealousies and bitterness; dozens of children to take care of and food to be prepared. Much of the early series made marriage seem real. All the same issues were there, whether you are sharing your man or not. But the question is what does a ‘real marriage’ look like?
In a day where we see the media dominated by same sex marriage debates it is not surprising that HBO has allowed Big Love to drive a ‘political’agenda to have polygamy embedded in the average American psyche – maybe to one day make it real and seem normal. Marriage is such a gift, the relationship timeless and sacred. Tim and Kathy Keller’s book, The Meaning of Marriage is reviewed here. It looks like it might help us think about marriage and the love between husband and wife in a helpful way.
But there is really only one Big Love. HBO’s version is not it.