Anne & Iyanla

Peter began to say to Jesus,
'We have given up everything and followed you."
Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first." (Mark 10:28-31)
Recently I watched the late night rerun of Oprah which featured the second half of her interview with Iyanla Vanzant.  I remember in the early days of Oprah's show, she featured Iyanla regularly.  Apparently they had a falling out, Iyanla got a show through Barbara Walters' production company and then things fell apart.  She lost her show, her marriage, and her money.  The final devastation was the death of her daughter.  She now has a new book about her experience and a new, though somewhat sparser and simpler life.
Anne Rice suffered the loss of her daughter at age seven, wrote the Vampire series afterward, became a widow, went back to the Catholic Church, wrote books about Jesus, then "unfriended" the church, stating it was anti-everything and moved on with her life.
I read books by both these women.  I enjoyed Iyanla's books and when she appeared on Oprah, I enjoyed her personality, good humor and regal earthiness.  I enjoyed the Vampire series, but was not interested in Anne Rice's personal life.  Or Iyanla's for that matter.
I think the commonality of both these women is that when it was time to sell a book, their spirituality was suddenly front and center.  
Today's gospel talks about giving up everything and following Jesus.  When I became Catholic I left my old life behind - no regrets.  But I wonder about those who seem to boomerang from belief to belief.  I understand changing your mind or having a change of heart.
But when it comes to your very soul, shouldn't it be worth more then the selling of your latest book?


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  • For what it's worth, I started to explore the Catholic Church after reading The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. And after reading Memnoch The Devil, I had no choice but to become a Catholic. :D

  • I haven't read those. I'll put those on my wish list. Thanks for the comment. I needed to smile!

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