Sent in by Kalman Bugica
Sent in by Michele SimonsIt was the summer of 1998, and I was immersed in my daily commitment to goodness and justice, while simultaneously raising my two preschool children. C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters lifted the veil. I caught a glimpse of a world where complacency is cultivated, and where distraction and difficulty are deliberately woven into my life to throw me off my stride. I could almost hear Screwtape's consternation--"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
Sent in by Loretta Alford"Black like Me" was the first nonfiction book that I read. It taught the truth about racism. After I read this I was more afraid than I had ever been of the White race. My Aunt was a reader, she had wall to wall bookshelves. When we visited I would stay up all night reading. I had to get permission to read this because it was an "adult book".
Sent in by Will HanleyThe Holy Bible (NIV) was influential to me since it ended 12 years of drepression in my life.
Sent in by Jacob MoroshekAbout the founding of the state of Israel. Inspiring characters bring to life one of the greatest stories in modern history.
Sent in by Bruce WestbrookA relatively unknown book, that is amazing -- "The Songlines" by Bruce Chatwin. I cannot rave about this book enough. Chatwin achieves an insight into where literature, poetry, geography, history and cultural anthropology all come together. He takes us from ancient Greece, to Australia, North Africa and other places. His basic point is that the epics of all ancient, pre-literate cultures functioned as their histories and also their roadmaps. What did the Aborigines in Australia have in the millenia before GoogleEarth? -- their oral literature -- their epics. These things didn't exist simply because they were good adventure stories. They also functioned as guides and histories and more.