So far Church History is keeping me plenty busy. I lucked out in finding the two textbooks-- one at the SAM Academy library and the other through a membership (fee)- based online library, Questia. The second one I have to read online, but for $9.95/month I have access to any of their online books in the Religious Studies section. Besides saving a little money, it made the book instantly accessible to me, which is a big deal since mail is somewhat precarious around here.
Anyway, I'm doing a lot of reading and learning more than I ever imagined. In all my studies of the Bible, I guess I had never thought about what Judaism and Christianity looked like in the context of World History. I find myself surprised again and again by new tidbits and perspectives. Tim is getting to take the course vicariously I think because of all the information I'm sharing with him, whether he likes it or not!
I'm grateful for the opportunity and definitely energized by the academic challenge. As Tim told Ellie this morning, "With great power comes great responsibility." :-) I want to take seriously the responsibility that comes along with a mind that enjoys and excels in learning and not let my brain go to waste. While I'm not sure that I'll ever use this degree for a career, I'm confident that learning more about the Bible and Christian thought will make me a better wife, mother, teacher, friend, daughter, sister, etc. And I'm excited about that.