The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, France (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Numerous people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, most of the people died from heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion. (via lamusiqueestlavie)
Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
This is the story of how the lives of a Louisiana sharecropper and a wealthy Texas art dealer become inextricably intertwined. The lives of Denver Moore and Ron Hall couldn’t be more dissimilar. Same Kind of Different As Me, tells their story and that of the remarkable woman who brought them together.
I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed and cried as much as I did in the eight hours I spent reading this book. I was captivated by the story line. The authors weave stories of growing up in Texas and Louisiana the way only Texans and Louisianans can. The story jumps back and forth from one point of view to the other which as first is slightly distracting, but is easy to adjust to after a couple of chapters.
I’ve never been so convicted in my life. I saw true compassion and humility. I saw how we as the Church are so guilty of paying lip service to Jesus’ statement that when we have taken care of the “least of these” we’ve taken care of Him. By the time I turned page 99, I began to tear up and whispered, “God, you are changing my life through this book.” I absolutely recommend this book.
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