Here are some excellent books that I have greatly enjoyed reading during the past few weeks:
1) Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Line of Life by Abby Johnson
2) From Grandmother to Granddaughter: Salvadoran Women’s Stories by Michael Gorkin
3) From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography by Alter Wiener
4) The Liberators: America’s Witness to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsch
(Click on the titles to go straight to amazon.com)
I think that you can figure out what each of the books is about, and here is a brief summary of my thoughts about each book:
1) Unplanned is an absolute must-read for anyone who considers him/herself to be pro-life. Abby’s story gives tremendous insight into the compassion and love among the pro-choice women she worked with for many years before she left her position as a director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in 2009 and became pro-life. Her story is highly compelling – I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in one day.
2) From Grandmother to Granddaughter tells the story of three generations of Salvadoran women from the upper, middle and lower classes (nine stories in all). I had never read anything about the upper class society of El Salvador and was amazed at the lavish, extravagant lifestyle that they led in the midst of the extreme poverty of their countrymen. I especially appreciated hearing each of their varying perspectives on the civil war and its causes.
3) From a Name to a Number will make you weep at least once, I won’t lie. It is beautifully written with such detailed descriptions of the author’s beloved family members who perished in the Holocaust. Learning about the immense difficulties of rebuilding one’s life after liberation from the concentration camp was also extremely interesting and moving.
4) The Liberators is a unique collection of stories and interviews with the men and women, doctors and nurses who helped to liberate concentration camps across Europe. Almost all of them said the same things over and over: 1) they were told nothing about the concentration camps 2) the smell of the camps was horrendous beyond description 3) almost all the local German villagers told them, “We didn’t know!” Many of these liberators were scarred for life by what they witnessed and haunted by nightmares for decades.
Having time to read again has been a pure joy. It’s such fun to snuggle in bed with my Kindle and read the night away, although with the weighty books about the Holocaust it was hard to go to sleep.
I am finding that my Kindle is so much better for me than a regular book, although we know some folks who are pretty horrified at the idea of reading anything but a “real” book! I love my Kindle!