About 10 days ago I began to read 5Q by Alan Hirsch. . Although it is a book I desired to read, I am in the middle of a marathon launch for an online course. I usually read a book rather quickly, but this book I read in small chunks, with my sun tea at my side.
Alan is a writer who writes with everyday language mixed with words and descriptions that were new to me.
BUT I am a word person, which means if I am not sure what a word means I look up the meaning and apply the word in context.
I found it rather unusual for me to be drawn in by the preface of the book.
The title, "In Praise of Soft Eyes" unearthed a curiosity in my mind and pushed me forward to continue to read on. I found the term soft eyes to be intriguing.
Many times throughout my reading I stopped reading, filled my glass with sun tea, and simply meditated on a page or a paragraph.
I felt the author was leading me along a path and not pressuring me to agree with his view, but instead to be open to think through and see where I stand on the topic of APEST and taking a deeper look.
For readers who may be new to Hirsch's use of the word APEST, it stands for; Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher mentioned in the book of Ephesians.
Hirsch opens up the many facets of the titles and meanings like watching a flower slowly open.
My copy of the book is filled with underlines, pink post it notes as markers, circles, question marks, and exclamation marks. The marks represent my aha moments.
In my next post I will share a few of my thoughts from my underlined words, pink post it notes and aha moments.
In the meantime check out 5Q, and instead of speed reading the book, give it a slow read, and ponder what you read.
Now time for me to switch gears and move back into placing the finishing touches on the online course.
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To be continued...