Sunday, March 30, 2008

Book Cutting and the 123 Book Tag

Marjie tagged me with this book meme, and I couldn't resist.

The game goes:
1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

It's sort of like that book cutting game my friends and I used to play when I was younger. You get a book, ask a question, open the book to a certain page, and whatever was on that page is supposed to answer your question. It was one of the more popular ways of forcing Fate to give you a definite "sign."

My book-at-hand is something related to my previous post. I recently unearthed it in our bodega (storeroom shed) while I was looking for my board exam reviewers. I bought it a few years back, during my last year in medical school, when I was grappling with the dilemma of what I should do next with my life.

Finding myself at that same point right now, I brought the book back inside the house and have been meaning to read it again. With everything that's been going on here these past few days, I haven't gotten around to it yet. This tag seemed a good way to start.

My book? Stomie Omartian's "Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On: Trusting God in the Tough Times." The excerpt on page 123 as specified by the tag follows - but I'm breaking one of the tag rules and going over three sentences.

"What originally seemed like the end became a new beginning. But new beginnings don't happen without something ending.

"Major life changes can be scary. But if we don't cling desperately to the old life, the new experiences can be exciting as well. Trying to keep things from changing only makes the process miserable. It's far less upsetting
to just let the old go and walk step by step with God into the new life He has for us."

I kid you not. This was really the excerpt based on the tag rules. Considering my most recent mind-boggling questions about my life, I can't help but think that there must be something to the whole book cutting thing. A coincidence? Maybe. After all, that is really what the book is all about. Or maybe it's God's way of giving me a few answers in a roundabout way. Who knows? Regardless of what is more true, I got the message.

But I digress. :)

Since this is a book tag, I'm tagging two voracious readers I know will have books within reach - Ris and Megamom. Anyone else who wants to do some book cutting of their own is very welcome to participate. Enjoy!


Panaderos said...

How come you just tagged 2? Who's the other 3? Hehehe (Halata bang nagbo-volunteer?) :D

Marjie said...

well done sweetie. I was going here to answer your question, but you had already done it, so I feel proud. I knew you'd have something interesting pulled up.

Cheers always...

dr_clairebear said...

@panaderos: megamom and ris have always been unabashed about their love for books and willingness to be tagged, so i picked them. :) but please feel free to play, i would love to see what you'll pick.

@marjie: glad you liked that! :)

Jet said...

ay sige ako din... not right away though cause I just did a new entry. thanks dr. clairebear :)

Panaderos said...

I did it. :)

ris said...

haha can God be any more obvious? :) this is why i love random stuff. you never know what you're gonna get. and if He thinks this is how to get your attention, answers can be really surprising.

i've actually done this tag twice already, but im gonna do it still. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Claire.
Right back at you! I have a tag for you here. (sheepish smile)
I'm working on my tag backlogs, so will get to this one in a few days. :)

Anonymous said...

A few days it was, hahaha!
Finally got around to doing this tag.
Thanks, Claire!