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What I’ve been reading…

February 19, 2009

I flicked my way through, Why I stayed by Gayle Haggard. It is an autobiographical account of her relationship with Ted Haggard who was the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The book begins when Gayle first meets Ted, continues through to his confession of sexual immorality in 2006, and concludes with the place they have come to in life and in ministry.

I find the church culture described in these types of books so different to Australian church culture that I have trouble being able to relate. There are times when I just don’t understand what they are expressing. Maybe it is just the size of American churches compared to Australian churches. Anyway I must confess to not reading the book thoroughly so I’m not writing a ‘proper’ book review.

However Gayle did share one insight I found particularly helpful. She said that she processes things mentally before she processes them emotionally and I suddenly realized that I do the same thing. Often when something disagreeable happens I find myself coping quite well at the time but two days later I can be very depressed about it. Being an introvert it always takes me longer to process things as I tend to be more thorough in my thought processes so maybe this is also part of being an introvert or maybe it’s just idiosyncrasy!

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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