Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Reverence for Life

Albert Schweitzer

It's been ages, but with all the ups and downs of the past months, I'm trying to get back in the blogging habit. One book I really wanted to share that's really inspired me in these troubled times is an oldie, but a goodie: Reverence for Life, by Albert Schweitzer.

A preacher, missionary, doctor, and author in the early 20th century, I found his words to be impressive and invigorating because his book stills holds up with an ever-changing world and rings with goodness and truth. Although he writes as a Christian author, I don't think one has to be Christian to get something out of his works. I found each chapter to be not only beautifully written, but intensely practical in how each of us can live our everyday lives in fulfillment and harmony with the universe around us. I was particularly struck by certain concepts that at first seemed mysterious, but made more sense as I read further. Ideas like a reverence for life is a way of life, and how even in the midst of suffering we are blessed, and many other nuggets of wisdom.

I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light at the end of the tunnel in these dark days, but also for anyone who wants to really embrace the tranquility that comes from helping others and feeding our souls by living life as it was intended. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.



13 comments:

  1. I've used some of his quotes before. He was quite the inspirational guy! Lovely to see you again!

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  2. Good to see you here again! Thanks for the review of this book. We've probably all read about Dr. Schweitzer, but I would never have picked up his book without reading your words here.

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    1. I found that reading one chapter a night, then dwelling on it really helped his messages hit home, as some of them are quite deep :)

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  3. I am a Christian so I'd probably get a lot out of it!
    Good to hear from you, Mark.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Hope all is well with you:)

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  4. I really like the sound of this book. I'll have to check it out.

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  5. Thanks for the tip. With the world the way it is, I think we could all do with a little more harmony and tranquillity!

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    1. Absolutely! Good to hear from you Nick :)

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  6. Adding that to my to-read list. I need all the practical, inspirational advice I could use in this crazy world.

    One of my favorite books is Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. It's a bit text-booky in spots, but that book has kept my feet moving forward through some of the toughest of times.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Elizabeth! I'll be sure to check it out:)

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  7. Hi Mark - welcome back to blogging ... and thanks for the recommendation for this book - sounds interesting ... I will look it up - cheers Hilary

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