Monday, September 15, 2014
Reading has taken a back seat for me this summer, but I have read a couple of good books to share here at Modern Mrs. Darcy's "Twitterature" linkup:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I loved this novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees. It's based on the real-life story of Sarah Grimke, a wealthy girl living in Charlotte, South Carolina in the early 1800's, and her relationship with her maid/slave, Handful. The story alternates between the two girls' voices; short chapters keep the reader turning the pages, and Kidd's beautiful writing is evident throughout.
The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. (I quoted from this book in an earlier post). This is a simply-written but profound book focusing on what the authors call the "Fourfold Path of Forgiveness": telling the story, naming the hurt, granting forgiveness, and renewing or releasing the relationship. Examples from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and elsewhere, ground the discussion. Questions and exercises follow each chapter, allowing readers to do personal or group work on the forgiveness issues in their own lives.
(For a thought-provoking take on the Tutus' view of forgiveness, you might be interested in reading author Lesley Leyland Fields' analysis here. I appreciate what she has to say, although I assume that the desire to address a broad audience -- not just Christian readers -- partly explains the Tutus' approach. It's certainly something to think about.)