I just read this superduper awesome book. The Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs per a reccomendation by my super awesome uncle (cousin? family lines are tricky) scott. (hi scott!)

and I LOVE IT!

in fact. YOU should probably go read the book right now and then we can talk about it. it’s about this guy (A.J.) who lives a year of his life following the bible literally. and although he’s an agnostic. the book had a strange affect on me.

maybe it was because the book wasn’t written by someone talking down to me. or maybe it was because there were just SO many verses referenced. or maybe it was because the word “biblically” was in the title. but whatever it was. I feel like praying more.

and, so because I had A.J. Jacobs to thank for my new found stronger faith, I thought I should probably ask him to be my friend on facebook.

and then send him a message on facebook telling him how awesome he is.

and then e-mail him the following e-mail:

Hello,

I just sent you a message on Facebook too, but I swear I’m not a stalker. My name is Crystal Lindell and I work as a reporter in the Chicago Suburbs. I’m on month 11 of your book ‘Living Biblically’ and I just wanted to drop you a note to say that a. I LOVE the book, B. I’ve oficially decided to reccomend it to EVERYONE I know. C. I’m sad that I’m getting to the end, because I enjoy reading it so much.

Favorite parts so far include (but are not limited to): 1. You and the chicken. 2. Your visit to Uncle Gil 3. The husband who makes his wife go into a different room for seven days every month and then claims it’s a nice break for her from chores. 4. Your many reasons for avoiding handshakes.

And I also wanted to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about the various topics you address. For example, I just went to Wal-Mart to buy some contact solution because I couldn’t see out of my left eye, and I was kinda in a hurry to clean my contact. But the woman in front of me was taking FOREVER, and then she was trying to make me laugh by doing things like pointing to her four apple-cinnomon air fresheners and saying ‘If my house doesn’t smell like apple-cinnomon after this I quit.” But I didn’t laugh, because it wasn’t funny. And then she had about 12 coupons, each of which she had to dig out of her clear, plastic coupon book. And THEN, she explained to the casheir about a time Wal-Mart had accidently charged her twice for the same purchase and the refused to credit her bank account the difference.
And I was thinking ‘Be slow to anger,” which is one of the things you work on in your book. So, I took I deep breath and tried to think happy thoughts. And I was able to complete my transaction without even giving the woman an evil eye.

Anyway, I’m sure you get a TON of e-mail everyday, so if you took the time to read this, I really appreciate it. I am planning to read ‘The Know-it-all” next and I’m very excited about it.

You newest fan,
Crystal Lindell

but he didn’t e-mail me back.

so I was a little sad.

but then. oh snap! he facebooked me:

“I’d love to be your friend.
AJ”

And it totally made my day.

and so, I’m going to have to go out and by some more of this man’s books. so i can stalk him. and then maybe one day, he’ll film a movie where I live and I can shake his hand.

stranger things have happened.

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