Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.
«I was baptized in blood … my own blood.»
That’s the starting sentence of my favourite book — «Acts of Faith» by Erich Segal. I picked it up in the annual book fair, several years ago without knowing anything about it, except that Erich Segal wrote Love Story. Begun to read and could never put it down. I’ve read it several times after that, first time.
I learned more about both Judaism and Catholicism than I knew before even though I knew, probably more than the average,non-catholic/non-jewish person about both, in spite of being neither. Moreover, I grew to love the main characters and missed them greatly when the book was finished. It has all the ingredients of a great movie, but was never filmed.
It stretches over a quarter of a century and takes you from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Rome, Italy, to Brasilia and finally Israel. Three lives, entwined from very young years and one, forbidden love.