I continue to work through chapter nine of Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography. I have a few paragraphs written for a post but I keep editing and deleting and rewording. Sunday morning I got hit with the writing bug. Then Monday and Tuesday my sisters came to town with their families and we’ve been going over to my mom’s to be with them each day. Yesterday morning I finally got out on a nice long walk down a beautiful stretch of rural road. Manuevering down a hilly blacktop takes a lot of concentration! With Lucinda William’s “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” on my ipod I briskly walked and ran for a straight hour. I got better exercise than my typical six mile walk along the bike path in Chicago. The change of scenery was a welcome treat. Beautiful skies, stars at night, hilly pastures, its all a luxury I wish I could take home. I’ll be traveling with my dad and daughters today. I plan to bring along DB and a notebook. We’ll see how far I get.
I just have to say that while DB has been one of my most richly rewarding reads its also the most work I’ve ever put into a single book. Maybe a better mind than mine wouldn’t find it this hard, but I spend a lot of time working the angles. I read and reread a lot. This is a book I’ll no doubt continue to struggle along with for years to come. The reading and plodding really stretch my mind into new places. Its like mental weight lifting. Trouble comes in finding other folks who can really share my interest in the material. I have met exactly one other person this year who has been entirely through this book. I met him by chance in a bookstore over the summer. If you’ve been all the way through DB, chime in here too.