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The Purpose Driven Life

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This is my second book I own for the same title. The first one, an Indonesian-translated edition, is in Bandung. I had never got a chance to finish it. I bought the English edition last year. This book is by Rick Warren. Asides from this book, I have read his tweets and his daily article and I adore the way he writes. His writings are quotable for me.

This one is special because it’s the first book that I read together with 2 others, Astri and LDK. We read and discussed a chapter for our weekly sharing time. It’s not always weekly, sometimes we had to cancel it and postpone it for weeks but overall it was a special experience and experiment.

The Small Group

I don’t exactly remember the detail but I guess it started a year ago around the time we had the Menjangan trip. We shared common desire to have a small group, to share, to grow, and to pray together. We even did rather awkwardly pray together at our stay in Singaraja.

The detail on how we came to pick this book has escaped my mind, too. But I think it’s a good choice to help us prepare what’s so called the quarter life crisis. :D

The Purpose Driven Life

Most people struggle with three basic issues in life.
The first is identity: “Who am I?”
The second is importance: “Do I matter?”
The third is impact: “What is my place in life?”

According to this book, the answers to all three questions are found in our five purposes.

The book is designed to be read in 40 days, a chapter a day. But I guess that’s too fast a pace in reading something that holds a lot. Every here and there I find something that reminds me or tells me in a gentle way. I feel like reading it again in even slower speed. Scriptures are quoted a lot. That’s a good sign and another reason I should revisit the pages.

As it is a self improvement/self growing book, I’m grateful to read it not on my own. My friends can hold me accountable for each lesson I need to apply and that helps. Looking at the past experience, self improvement book is a nice reading but not quite a strong push to change. At least for me, it is necessary to have friends watching over me.

To finish this book does not mean I can answer those 3 questions above firmly. What I have from reading the book is a good start to calm the uneasiness for the future and to really live.

Living on purpose is the only way to really live. Everything else is just existing.


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September 25th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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Flash Fiction

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Thanks to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, now I know there is such a type of writing called flash fiction.

What’s fun about creating a flash fiction is that I don’t have to think big for the plot. Well, finding the idea is still the most difficult part but to have it for a much shorter writing does help, at least for me.

There are so many awesome entries that I’ve found. I’d like to recommend her 3.13 and his 3.13. They are a pair of equally lovely posts! I voted for several more but those two impressed me most.

Anyway, reading those fiction makes me realize what kind of writer I want to be. I’ve been thinking about that and now I can put some answer to that question.

Most (mm.. I don’t know, maybe 60%-ish) fictions that I admire fall into dark fiction. Well, not dark. I just haven’t found the right word. It contains certain portion of revenge, murders, suicide, betrayal, anger, unfaithfulness, and so on. I found myself voted fictions like that because honestly those were cool, those are cool. I still think so.

It’s not that I object to them. I don’t have any objections. It’s truly great because it’s real. Those things happened in real life. It’s just that for me, if I am about to give impression to my readers (still a long long way to go but someday, someday, amen! :), I want it to be heart-warming. I think that’s my goal.

Back to Ubud’s festival, I submitted 2 entries. I’m going to archive it here.

My flash fiction entries

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September 23rd, 2010 at 9:18 pm

3 Cinta 1 Pria

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I promised myself to finish reading a book today when I decided to buy Sherlock Holmes The Complete Novel and Stories Volume II. The lucky book is in Bahasa Indonesia, 3 Cinta 1 Pria (bluntly translated: 3 Loves 1 Man) by Arswendo Atmowiloto.

Why This Book?

Not why I chose to finish reading this book but why I bought it. The synopsis. It said that this one man had special relationship with 3 women, the grandmother, the mother, and the granddaughter. So. I bought this book. The author was quite famous in Indonesia. I had never read his books so I picked this one to satisfy my wondering about both the author and the story. How can he craft story like that?

Spoiler alert!

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September 19th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

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How Do People Love?

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I thought I knew. Apparently I don’t.

Feel like I’m not capable of loving. So, how?

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September 5th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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