This week I struggled with my gussets. I knew this would happen. I somehow picked up the wrong stiches and found myself knitting inside out. This always happens. I need to get down to my yarn store and have the nice folks help me rip it out and fix it, but I haven't had time for that yet. Sigh.
Under the Banner of Heaven got a lot of attention when it came out in 2003. Krakauer, best known for his non fiction about people facing the elements, tells the story of a brutal murder commited by a few members of a Fundamentalist Morman sect. He weaves the story of the murders in with a history of the LDS church and its place in American history, while musing about faith and revelations. All religions have a bloody history somewhere in the past and it's interesting to think about how current practitioners come to terms with that history. Krakauer also raises a lot of good points about a faith that is based on individuals having personal revelations from the Divine. Since the Friends also base our faith on these personal revelations, it was interesting to ponder these questions, although I think our peace testimony would preclude any Friend from trusting a "revelation" that tells them to kill someone. I hope so anyway. I really enjoyed this book and you can tell, it gave me a lot to think about.