Sometimes I just have to get away from the academic and theological world and escape into a different reality. I have just done that with a most wonderful novel by Sara Gruen called Water for Elephants (Algonquin Books, 2007). This is a book about life in the circus and on a circus train. In this book we learn about the many sides of the circus: the spectacular, the vulgar, and the cut-throat business.
It is a book about love and people who hate. It is a book about community and being faithful to friends. It is a book about being young and getting old. It is a book about an elephant, and running away with the circus. This book is a delight. Take a break and immerse yourself in the world of the circus, a parable of life. Something good just might happen to your soul along the way.