For the last 13 years of my married life I have spent nights staying awake readying every child/parent self help book I could get my hands on. And I loved it. But if you can believe it, I feel like I am actually getting the hang of it now - being a parent anyway. I am sure that when all the teenage years come I will be right back to my self help books. But for now I get to read my pure loves - documentaries. Weird to some I am sure, but I love to read anything that is uplifting and real - even though I will dive into a fantasy every once in awhile (MATCHED!), but that is always my second choice.
So for this week I just finished two that were so interesting! A CASE FOR SOLOMON was about an abduction in the 1800's of a little 4 year old boy. Usually that would be way to sad for me, but the story was about his return and the controversy of who he was - since they didnt have fingerprints or anything close to what we have today. I learned so much about the old days system of law and it made me appreciate so deeply our governing system today. Crazy twist at the end - good read.
Secondly I finished LEFT TO TELL. My friend Tami Price told me about this story years ago and I have always been interested in reading it. When it finally came in off of the waiting list at the library I was stoked and jumped right in. This one was a serious heartbreaker, but with powerful lessons on Christlike love and forgiveness. If any person ever needed to feel like they could handle the trials they have been given, this would be the book to teach that. Immaculee is one of my newest hero's and an inspiration of mastering one's self. In a nut shell - she is a collage student during the horrific Rwandan Holocaust where almost 1,000,000 Tutsi villagers were slaughtered in 90 days. She survived by hiding quietly in a small bathroom with seven woman/children. She would spend 15 hours a day just sitting and praying while the world around them was in despair. Surviving the ordeal only to be found alone with all but one of her family members murdered by friends. Her journey to internal peace is remarkable.
Well, I am starting my own personal book club - and this was my first meeting. Quite a success I say to myself as I head upstairs to read some more...CHECK!