Shelves: , biography I Loved a Girl is a reprint of the letters primarily between Walter and Francois, Francois being a native African, the result of a polygamous marriage, poor, unwanted by his father, adopted by Walters mission and now writing to him seeking advise. Francois is in trouble. After being baptized as a Christian and gaining a post at a Christian school, Francois has been fired. He loved a girl, or more bluntly he fornicated. Now he is being excommunicated and is filled with questions. What is the purpose of having a sex drive when it cannot be exercised except in marriage, according to Christian teaching?
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Shelves: , biography I Loved a Girl is a reprint of the letters primarily between Walter and Francois, Francois being a native African, the result of a polygamous marriage, poor, unwanted by his father, adopted by Walters mission and now writing to him seeking advise. Francois is in trouble. After being baptized as a Christian and gaining a post at a Christian school, Francois has been fired.
He loved a girl, or more bluntly he fornicated. Now he is being excommunicated and is filled with questions. What is the purpose of having a sex drive when it cannot be exercised except in marriage, according to Christian teaching?
Why does the church preach grace and then strongly punish certain sins? Is it not cowardly to refrain from sleeping with someone when they make advances? Pastor Walter gives great answers to all of his questions. The care and love given in these letters is a model for all relationships, peer or mentor.
You have taught me how to love. You have kindled in my heart a fire of heavenly origin, without which I no longer consider myself a man. But now this fire consumes me. It makes me suffer more than I can bear, and it will kill me.
I do not expect an answer, because there is none. And now you say I should go to Cecile. With empty hands? The analogy can be read in full below. In sum I enjoy reading Christian living books from ages not my own for the perspective they give on timeless topics. This book was first published in but rings with freshness even today. He was captured and put in a cage. But the keeper wanted to make the tiger his friend. He always spoke to him in a friendly voice whenever he came to his cage.
The tiger, however, always looked at him with hostility in his green, glowing eyes. He followed every movement of the keeper, ready to spring on him. The keeper was afraid of the tiger and asked God to tame him.
The tiger reached out with his claws. There was a blow, a scream. When the keeper arrived he found dismembered human flesh and blood. Then the keeper knew that God had not tamed the tiger. His fear grew.
He drove the tiger into a dark hold where no one could come close to him. Now the tiger roared day and night. The terrible sound disturbed the keeper so that he could no longer sleep. It reminded him of his guilt. Always in his dreams he saw the torn body of the little girl. Then he cried out in his misery. He prayed to God that the tiger might die. God answered him, but the answer was different from what the keeper had expected.
He would rather die than go on hearing the roar of the tiger. So he obeyed. As soon as the tiger noticed that the keeper had no fear and that he breathed quietly, he lay down at his feet. That is the way it began.
But at night the tiger would begin to roar again, and the keeper would be afraid. So he had to let the tiger come into his house and face him. Again he had to look the tiger directly in the eye. Again and again. Every morning. Every day brought the same test of courage. After some years the two became good friends. The keeper could touch the tiger, even put his hand between his jaws.
But he never dared to take his eyes off the tiger. When they looked at each other they recognized each other and were glad that they belonged together and that each was necessary to the other. Existence is a question that requires a subjective answer, and the fact that the story does not wrap up nicely models this idea well.
Books by Walter Trobisch
Trobisch, Walter and Ingrid [Hult] Missionaries to Cameroon and family life counselors Born in Leipzig, Germany, Walter Trobisch was drafted into the army at age Wounded on the Russian front, he was evacuated to Vienna, where he began studies for the ministry. After the war he continued his study at Leipzig and Heidelberg and spent a year at Augustana College in Illinois. While in language school in Paris, she renewed her acquaintance with Walter, who now was a pastor in Germany. In she went to Cameroon, but their love grew and two years later they were married. He joined her in the mision and in they began a pioneer work at Tchollire, in northern Cameroon. He also offered classes on sex and marriage for older students, which led to the publication in of I Loved a Girl, the correspondence between him and two young African Christians who were deeply in love.
I Loved a Girl: A Private Correspondence