I picked up Alice Hoffman’s The Third Angel because it was recommended in Fearless Writing.
I have a like/dislike relationship with this book, but I’m keeping on with it because it keeps redeeming itself, keeps pulling me along with unexpected delights.
I am not delighted with a woman who is marrying a man she knows to be selfish and flawed, but I am carried away with the answer to her own question: How do you love such a person? You just do it.
I am delighted when a book reminds me of the truths in my own life, how love is an act, a sacrifice, a looking like God. Love is God and I am becoming more transformed into His image when I “just do it.”
Like the character in The Third Angel, I find myself unmoved by the flaws in those I love, even blind to them, when I get on that love train and we both start going places. Life becomes an adventure of raw discovery, flaws become idiosyncrasies, differences become intriguing – even delightful, and life is good.
There is language in The Third Angel. If not, the editors would probably say to the author, “This is London, you must have language, no one will believe it otherwise.” But if I write a book, the strongest language will begin with “sh” and end with “it” even if the plane is crashing.
Wait. No planes crashing in my book. I will, as they say, write what I know. Spaghetti sauce in a favorite antique bowl slipping out of my hand as I swipe it out of the fridge, breaking and splattering spaghetti sauce all over the kitchen. Living and moving and breathing spaghetti sauce. Everywhere. Little faces astounded at the crash and even more at Mommy saying that word.
But then I would forget about a broken bowl and a messy kitchen because there is a much larger issue: tender and bare feet. I would shoo them away and clean every last speck – not perhaps every last speck of spaghetti sauce, which I will be finding this time next year, but every single last speck of glass.
Because I know these feet are going to be with me forever. I know what is real and good, and that is the life of my children. Life.
I don’t know if Alice Hoffman knows life is good, if her book will end as a good book must, with a satisfactory and victorious ending (a love ending). I do know if I write a book, it will be filled top to bottom, end to end, and side to side with “Just do it” love.
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