Thursday, March 24, 2011

Religion, The Wonder Years, Tragedy . . .

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Just when you thought my blog couldn't get any more random I do a Q & A over at Jeff Pearlman's blog. He writes for Sports Illustrated and is a New York Times Best-Selling author. He also is a big Wonder Years fan and recently saw the episode I guest starred on then googled me and found me over here.

Here's a teaser from the interview and then you can head over to his blog and check out the rest.

J.P.: Along those lines—how do you know, 100%, that you’re right? I mean this with total respect, because it fascinates me. There are probably 500 religions in the world, and people of all faiths are convinced theirs is the way. How do you know, sans uncertainty, that you’re correct?

W.H.: Do I know 100% that I am right about Christianity? Some days yes. Some days no. That is where faith steps in. I don’t think you have to be 100% certain. But are you certain enough? I have not looked into 500 religions, but I have looked into a lot of them. (Was not raised in a Christian home.) And I have concluded that Jesus is as he claimed “the way, the truth, and the life.” Doesn’t mean I have it all figured out. Doesn’t mean that I like everything about it. There are some concepts that are difficult to understand and things I think I would do differently if I were God. But I trust that as Isaiah 55 says “His ways are Higher than mine” and ultimately I would really suck at being God. I look at Christianity as kind of like a puzzle—there are a few pieces that I can’t seem to make fit, but so many of them fit together that I trust that those pieces actually do fit. I just can’t understand it or see it right now. Most of and enough of the pieces make incredible sense to me. Add that to my personal encounters with God and it’s enough for me to commit my life to being a follower of Christ. It is definitely not blind or uneducated faith. I care about truth. So far I have not read or seen anything that has proven to me that what I believe is a fairy tale. And I read more than Christian literature and the Bible. In fact, right now I am reading Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. I like to try and understand different points of view.

Great question, huh?

So if you want to hear about Leonardo DiCaprio, my best and worst acting gigs, arm wrestling with Kate Winslet, how I met my husband, and how we could emerge with increased faith after living through the death of our firstborn . . . head over to Jeff's blog and say hello.

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The Elwells' Weekly said...

Great interview! I love how you expressed your faith in a real and approachable way with out backing down!

You can totally see how God was at work to direct him to you for his Q&A series! :)

Steph @ MomKaboodle said...

3 husbands?? Really?? (though the 25 kids thing should probably shock me more!) =)

Great interview - I love the answers re: your faith (and your Faith).

Oh, and I'm wondering how much of a stretch playing a semi-crazy gal was for you. hehe, kidding.

emily @morefromthemoorefamily said...

Very nicely done interview! I love your humor!

TDM Wendy said...

Thanks Elwells Weekly!
Steph - 3 husbands. Can you imagine? Brother husbands? I like having just one, good one.
Emily - Thank you.

Casey said...

I love your honesty. Lord, I believe,help me with my unbelief. At the end of the day, I'll take Jesus.

Kristen said...

It is so awesome how God is using you, Wendy. Were your ears burning this morning? Sara (of Sara, Dave and the boys) and I were talking about this on the treadmill today... :)

Jessica Johnson said...

perfect interview. loved your answers. speaking the truth, girl! ;) and i really want 60s hair to make a comeback. not kidding. i love it.

TDM Wendy said...

"At the end of the day, I'll take Jesus."
What a great quote. Could be a book title.
Kristen -
Funny. But I was just emailing with Sara! Will be speaking in Roseville in October!
JJ -
It was pretty sweet hair. How did the TDMs find time for that?

Angie said...

Girl, you are FUNNY. Good job being a Jesus Freak. A likeable, lovable, Jesus Freak.

And I agree about Modern Family. Even AI is a bit sketchy for kids at times. What show isn't anymore? We watch Phineas and Ferb as a family. That show is hilarious.

My Fam-i-Lee said...

I haven't commented on your forum before, but I've been following your blog for a month or so. I enjoyed your interview, and I really respect that you are so open and honest about your faith and beliefs. I was a little saddened that you were attacked in the comments for saying that Modern Family wasn't appropriate for children. We all have a right to our beliefs. I'm glad you share yours.

TDM Wendy said...

Maybe we'll have to check out phineas and ferb. I know my son has seen it.
My Fami-i-lee,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

hannah singer said...

what a great interview!!
love your blog!! xo

My Fam-i-Lee said...

I recently came across this song and loved it. Thought I'd share.