Shadowed by Grace by Cara C. Putman -- I found this novel in the new book section. It was about a photographer who went to Italy during the final months of World War II in search of her father. It wasn't really all that interesting to me although it made me think of my times in Europe which have been nice. Need to visit Italy one day.Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim -- another book from the new books shelf at the library, and I liked this one much better. It's about a reporter who covers news in Europe during WWII. The reporter is Jewish, and it was interesting reading about her adventures, her family, and her friends there.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Can't believe it's already July! This year is flying!
Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui -- a Chinese-Canadian tells her story which includes so much about her mother's influence on her life. I learned quite a bit about Chinese culture (at least her version of it) in this book. The part about filial piety (pg. 58) was quite interesting especially at how much it differs from how people raise children here.
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: a memoir ...of sorts by Ian Morgan Cron -- I found this book at Goodwill awhile back and finally read it this month. The author recounts his years growing up with an abusive alcoholic father, and his own struggles with drinking too much, too young in an effort to earn his father's love. My favorite part was when he recounted his childhood to an elderly black woman whom he met at a church he attended in Denver when he was in seminary. The part about Jesus asking him for forgiveness and her reply that "love always stoops," really touched me. (pg. 175)
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James -- I read a similar book about Louisa Mae Alcott that I really liked more than I thought I would. So when I saw this one at the library, I decided to see if it were similar. I liked it.
In The Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham -- I'm over a decade late reading this memoir, but I saw it at a local thrift store, and it drew my attention. I remember when New Tribes missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group, in the Philippines in 2001. It was interesting reading this account of how they were treated, and how they passed the time during their year-long captivity. I especially enjoyed reminders of God's faithfulness to them even during those very low points, and found myself praying for these awful men, that God will show them their need for salvation through Christ. I prayed that the lives of the Burnhams showed them the peace and joy they can have in following Christ rather than a horrible ideology.
Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck -- a biography my mom finished and said was good. It was. But so sad, too. I wanted to jump into this book a few times and intervene on this child's behalf. Goodness, there are some mighty cruel people in this world. I'm reading the sequel to this book now. Not sure if I will finish it in time for this post. (nope)