by Brandon Sanderson
LOVED it! One of the most awesome stories and worlds that I've ever read about. I particularly like the battle between good and evil or ruin and preservation. The magical powers were very creative and sound and I am loving all these books with strong female characters. I LOVE the name Vin now.
Everytime I read this or write this it makes me cry. Don't ask me why. My husband thought I was crazy. But here goes... this is what I learned.
In the book there was this man who was a keeper of lost religions in his world. However when his girlfriend was killed in a war he began to analyze all the religions that he had collected feeling that there was no reason to document anything that isn't true or that can't answer all his questions. (on a side note: I feel that we have the only true religion so those feelings aren't valid, but that's not why I bring this up.) He says (in his head):
"What had made these people so willing to accept their religions? He read of their lives, and tried to persuade himself that the people were simpletons, that they hadn't ever truly questioned their beliefs. Surely they would have seen the flaws and inconsistencies if they'd just taken the time to be rational and discerning. However, as the time passed, ... The people did not seem like fools. [and] The faiths he had looked at could not be divorced from the people who adhered to them. ... Why did they believe? Because they saw miracles. Things one man took as chance, a man of faith took as a sign. A loved one recovering from disease, a fortunate business deal, a chance meeting with a long lost friend. It wasn't the grand doctrines or the sweeping ideals that seemed to make believers out of men. It was the simple magic in the world around them.
"Faith was about trust. Trusting that somebody was watching. That somebody would make it all right in the end, even though things looked terrible at the moment. To believe, it seemed, one had to want to believe."
I am grateful that I can make that choice. I want to believe and so I do... I have faith.... Because I choose to believe in something bigger than us all. God loves us and He is watching... And I know that He will make everything all right in the end.
I hope you all get a chance to read this.. it's worth every page of it's ~2,250 pages.