My husband and I are involved with a bible study group that has been meeting for several years. We have recently started a study called "Not A Fan". It was written by a Pastor in Louisville KY. The premise of the study is to see if you are a "fan" of Jesus (much like we are "fans" of our favorite sporting teams, etc) or are we truly committed to follow Jesus. I am truly enjoying this study; although, I have to admit my toes have been stepped on a couple of times. I guess that is the sign of a good study!!! It is causing me to think deeper about my relationship with Jesus. I am excited to see how this study will change my relationship with Christ. As I grow closer to Him, I know I will grow closer to my husband. I am so thankful and blessed to be involved with a bible study group that loves each other enough to hold us accountable for our actions..not just with each other, our family, friends, etc...but with Christ.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I have to admit that I had some difficulty getting in to this story. I stuck with it, though, finishing it last night. Thanks to my pronto chat buddies for letting me know when you were going to discuss the end so not to spoil it for me!! Certainly did not end the way I was anticipating!!! I had a feeling that the driver of the car that killed Myrtle was going to be Daisy; however, I never expected that Tom would throw Jay under the bus like he did! It did not surprise me that Daisy (and Tom) thought only of themselves and left. I certainly did not anticipate that George would come over to kill Jay!!!
One of the blog "suggested" topics Mrs S posted was which character could we see ourselves in. Here's my little "snippet" of each character: Jay - trying hard to do whatever he could to win back the love of his life...even things that were not honorable; Nick - a good guy caught up in the craziness of life of those around him and doing his best to "fix" everything; Daisy - very caught up in her own life; very self-centered; Tom - arrogant, born with a silver spoon in his mouth and likes it;
Jordan - keeps getting pulled in to situations, but seems to like the drama a little bit; Myrtle - bored with her marriage and likes the excitement that the affair with Tom brings; George - doesn't have a clue what is going on..until it is too late.
I think maybe I relate a little more with Nick. He wants to be a good guy. Wants to do whatever he can to keep everyone happy and seems to get pulled down with the drama. Towards the end, he begins to see everyone for their true colors and realizes that Jay Gatsby is more than the hype surrounding him.
It is a very good story and one that takes some maturity to read. High school age readers may not fully understand the meaning behind all the characters. I think having a little life experience helps one understand this story better.
Thanks to Mrs S for having us read this story!!!