A Heart of Winter

“Gradually I became interested in this book called the Bible. Yet somehow I was uneasy about the idea of reading it. Sometimes I would think to myself, Well, I guess it won’t kill me not to read the Bible, and I would talk myself out of buying a copy. Somewhere in my heart was the idea that reading the Bible would be troublesome, would in some way create a painful dilemma in my spirit. I think I feared that the Bible had the power, unlike a novel, to enter directly into my soul. I can live without the Bible, I would rationalise. Thinking back on it now, I can’t believe that I could ever have had such a feeling.”

A Heart of Winter, Miura Ayako

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