On My Virtual BookShelf: More Memoirs
This year I continue to be drawn to memoirs. I think it is partly due to a need to be reminded that everyone’s life is just like mine at times: joy mixed with frustration, heartbreak, a struggle not to give up; broken but hopeful. It is good to know I am not alone in this unforeseen landscape of adulthood.
I just finished 2 books in the past 3 weeks and coincidentally both have strong links with Somalia [maybe there is a sign in that somewhere] and both are stories about when life hits rock bottom, how do you dig your way back to sanity.
For full disclosure, I cried throughout both. They are well written and draws you into the hearts and thoughts of their authors. Both are recommended but only if you are open to a barrage of emotions throughout.
“God, I always thought I was going to be the beautiful, fragrant rose that bloomed for You in the middle of a prominent centerpiece. But now I see that I may only ever be a crocus in the corner of Your garden.” – Sarah Thebarge
In The Invisible Girls, Sarah who is recovering from life threatening bouts of cancer, has a chance encounter a Somalian refugee mother and her kids on a train. While you are suffering and you meet others in worse need, what would you do? Would you be able to find the strength help others build a life, while yours is crumbling? Sarah shows that the way to help yourself is by helping others.
“Forgiving is not an easy thing to do. Some days its no more than a distant spot on the horizon. I look toward it. I point my feet in its direction. Some days I get there and other days I don’t.” – Amanda Lindhout
To be honest, half way through A House in the Sky I wanted to quit the book. It was that emotional. But I kept on reading as I needed to know how she coped with 460 days in captivity. Amanda, an avid traveler, seeking to cement her career as a journalist went to the “most dangerous place on earth” and was captured on her 4th day there by Somalian rebels holding out for a ransom.
She converts to Islam as a chess move to keep alive and experiences the most heart breaking treatment imaginable. To survive mentally, she escapes to a house in the sky. Its a journey towards forgiveness and understanding worth reading.