August 14, 2011, 7:40 pm
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“[I]s your pride saying, ‘God, You’ve done enough. Don’t wash me.’?”
Dan, a pastor in Susan May Warren’s novel My Foolish Heart asks this of Caleb Knight, a candidate for the position of high school football coach in Deep Haven, Minnesota.
Caleb is not the only character in the novel who deals with a prideful nature and a foolish heart. Issy Presley, the former football coach’s daughter, and Seb Brewster, former football hero returned home, also deal with pride and foolish hearts.
The quotation at the start of this review comes from when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and Peter told Him that He would never wash Peter’s feet. According to Pastor Dan, Peter couldn’t “bear to have the Son of God serve a sinner like him.”
This is an interesting concept. I remember the Joan Osborne song, “What If God Was One of Us?” The song proposed the idea that we never know who the stranger on the bus is. No one, as far as I know, as ever addressed Peter’s concern in a song. Jesus has done enough already. Pride will not allow the Son of God to wash his feet. That would be too much.
Caleb takes heed to Pastor Dan’s words, especially after he has his legs knocked out from underneath him. A secret is then exposed, giving new meaning to the phrase, “Pride goeth before a fall.”
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the interaction and growth of the characters.


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