Monday, February 02, 2015

In Season Reads

This is a miraculous nonfiction story full of human energy and effort and God's goodness.  A Lost Boy of Sudan becomes a refugee and runner.  God's preserving hand was so evident in his life, and he speaks without bitterness of his difficult childhood.  As a teen boy he came to the U.S. with little to no formal education and graduated from high school in a language he did not speak. Sweet humor and secrets to running fast lay in "zebra meat."

Zany, fast-paced mystery.  A precocious twelve year old girl is the sleuth in 1950s England.

This book is a dichotomy of a winsome Iran before the revolution and a sickening spiraling of a nation in turmoil. The writer's father was executed by the new regime and she saw her safe little world warp into an unrecognizable future.  I found the book subtlety addresses many social issues through the survival of her mother in a patriarchal society which does not honor women.  She reveals her privileged upbringing and the escape from the reign of terror.  It was a sensitive account of how things might have been and her personal confessions.   The book takes it title from this beautiful poem below.

After reading that, tell me is not God's goodness to his Creation written on each man's conscience?
Makes me think of the True Son.

This is the eyes wide-open version of the Iranian revolution.  It is a horrific story, but somehow written with beauty and dignity.  I found it fascinating, painful and a plucker of the heart strings.

The odds are crazy.  The outcome miraculous, but what after 20 something years you discovered that you have a famous twin on the other side of the world?  Two Korean adoptees find out that though they were single birth babies born to different women (according to their birth certificates), adopted by different couples, grew up on different continents, speak different fact they were identical twins separated at birth.  Makes this mom wonder just slightly, does my Teddy have a twin?

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