The story of a missionary family living in the Congo during the 1960's- as told from each of the four daughters point of view. I started this book while I was on heavy pain medication, so it was a rough beginning but I'm glad I stuck it through. The unique story telling style and eye opening perspective on Africa were both big pluses'. I finished the last chapters while I had company over. So rude, but I couldn't put it down. It had me hooked.
I was told that everyone should read this book at some point in their lifetime. I'm so glad I did. Ayn Rand was a female philosopher before her time. In this book she uses corporate America, it's executives, and their lives as a platform to discuss her political, social, economic, and philosophical beliefs. Very powerful novel. It's a long read that takes you longer as you stop to ponder the morals she sets forth. Oooh, while writing this post I found out that they are making a movie of this book-- to be released on 2008.
Funny, funny stuff. I used to read this outloud to Christen when I lived with her family. If you are even the most minor history buff, or just enjoy sardonic humor, you will love this book. I would helplessly laugh out loud in public when reading it.
I wanted to do a separate post on this book, and still may as it was one of the top books I read this year. I even gave a dozen or so out as Christmas gifts. It was not an easy read. In fact, I had to put it down a number of times as it was challenging my perspective so much. Totally paradigm changing. I believe my reading of it was timely as it reinforced issues God was bringing to light in my life. Please read it.
Here it is folks, I love Harry Potter. Forget the hubbub you've heard. This series of books is a must read. I only allow myself to read one a year so I don't breeze through the series too quickly. Everytime I finish a book, I find myself missing the characters.
One of the better books I've read in a while. There isn't so much a plot as there is a feel. And, really, that is kind of what the book is about. Life doesn't have a plot does it? Read more about it in one of my previous posts by clicking here
I'm looking forward to rereading this one again in '07. It's technically a childrens book but it's a very intriguing story. Lots to think about and discuss. It touches on the value of life and a sort of constructed utopia.
This is my second time ready the Queen's autobiography. She led a fascinating life and though I remain unsure of what exactly my stance is on the issues in the middle east, I feel her perspective as the former Queen of Jordan is important to hear.
In a word- depressing. Despite the title, pretty much everyone dies. And there are no lack of characters either. It covers an early settlement in Seattle, from when people first moved West through the goldrush and beyond. I've no doubt it accurate but man was it depressing.
Warning: she rails a bit on President Bush and she has some pretty strong opinions on other topics. But, what do you expect from the title really. I enjoyed hearing what a non-conservative Christian has to say about some social issues.
A great book for anyone, but especially those in management or hiring roles. Reading this and taking the accompanying test helped me to understand my strengths and how to use them in a working environment. Sounds kind of bunkish but I'm in earnest.
Though not mentioned in the book, Jim Stockdale was Ross Perot's running mate. Little factoid for you. But this book was written by both Jim and his wife, Sybil. They alternate chapters describing their individual lives as they met, married, his military career, the Vietnam war, and primarily his years as a POW. It details what really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin (he was there), what it was like to be a POW, and how he and Sybil send secret encoded messages to each other. A touching story.