Reading as a Spiritual Practice: The Host

To conclude our conversation on hero stories, I wanted to include this one last jewel: The Host. Yes, I know that it means that Stephanie Meyer has an unfair representation in this series. But hey, its my blog and I write what I want to!  😉

Based on the really poor reviews of the movie, I feel it important to say that this post is based entirely on the book. I haven’t seen the movie and after reading the book decided that the movie probably wouldn’t do it justice (isn’t that so often the case?).

So why include The Host in this conversation?

First, because I found it to be a highly original concept that was well written. In this case, you have two heroines battling one another. Fabulous! We, as readers, get to see two different ways to be heroines. I love that! Not everyone will be a hero in the same way even when faced with the same process. We are individuals on this path to becoming more like Jesus and I love that our path might not look like everyone else’s! We need more of this kind of freedom modeled for us. Wanda has a one set of experiences, a unique background, and a very different personality from her human host, Melanie. Both are heroes of the story as they learn to value the other’s perspective. Both achieve the status of hero through their different ways, even though they share a body for most of the story!

Secondly, The Host is an important addition to our conversation about becoming a hero of our own story because true heroism is portrayed as for the good of the whole. Both of our heroines choose their path for the good of the community–not just their close-knit band of survivors but also for the universal whole. Our paths toward hero status isn’t just for own accomplishment. Remember that the last step of the hero’s journey is to share their knowledge with the community!

Your spiritual journey is yours alone. It may take on characteristics that are familiar to many but yours will have its own unique blend. Relish that! Treasure your unique story! AND THEN…take your knowledge back to the community. Share your journey. There are pieces of it that others need to know. And you will find richness in the journey again by sharing your experience.

If you were going to add another hero story, what would it be? Why is it important to you?


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