Well, it’s time for another ‘top books’ post again! Seriously, where does the time go… I feel like I’m writing these all the time! 😀 We’re already a third of the way through March, and before we know it it’s going to be summer! Ahhh summer… it’s the bright light at the end of the tunnel of school that I’m currently slogging through. 😀 I can’t wait! But for now, I’m marching onwards steadily, hoping that at the end of it all I will have grown instead of fallen to pieces (which I regularly feel like when I do the amount of math I’m doing right now :D). Anyone else out there feeling the stress of school mounting as we head into the last homestretch?
Right, let’s get off that slightly depressing subject and talk about something much more enjoyable – books! I hope you enjoy the reviews! 🙂
The Torn Veil – Gulshan Esther & Thelma Sangster
Recently I’ve been trying to have at least one non-fiction book on the go at all times. I’m naturally way more attracted to fiction, but I do want to broaden my reading horizons. Thus the goal to read more non-fiction! I found this book randomly on a bookshelf in my house and picked it up thinking it looked like an good non-fiction book that I could learn some stuff from. And my expectations certainly were met!
Gulshan knew what disappointment was. Every prayer that bounced off the ceiling, every time a servant had to help her with menial tasks, every day that passed and she was still crippled, she felt the pang of disappointment. Born into a wealthy family, her father spared no expense in trying to get her healthy. They even went on a pilgrimage to Mecca to pray for healing. But the years went by, and no healing came. It seemed Allah had turned his face away from Gulshan, despite her devoutly lived life and constant uplifted prayers. It was at her lowest point that the voice came – a voice that said “I won’t let you die. I will keep you alive. My name is Jesus, the son of Mary.”
Thus began a journey that would change Gulshan forever. She began to read the Qur’an intensely, searching for answers about who this Jesus was. Unhappy with the lack information she found, she turned to the Bible, hoping she could meet this Jesus within the pages. And she did. Not only did she meet Jesus within the Bible, she met him in a dream, and her life was never the same again. Physically, she was healed. It was a miracle, sent straight from God. But when Gulshan told her family that it was Jesus who had healed her, they grew angry with her. “Give the praise to Allah!” they said. But she could not. Jesus had healed her, and she was filled with a desperate longing to know Jesus personally. Ostracized by her relatives, disinherited and thrown out onto the streets, Gulshan had no one and nothing – except for Jesus.
Man, this story was just so fascinating! That is seriously the best word to describe it – fascinating. Seeing how Gulshan met Jesus was incredible. Just thinking about it gives me chills! She was lonely, crippled girl totally transformed by the power of Jesus. I also really appreciated learning more about Muslim culture and how Muslims live. I’ve found myself wanting to learn more about Muslim faith and culture and how best to relate to them recently, and this book was very helpful in that regard. I’m giving The Torn Veil 8* out of 10, and recommending this book to anyone – Christian or Muslim – over the age of 13.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Hoo boy. This book. I read it in one sitting, it was that good. I read it in under four hours, it was that gripping. I sat in stunned silence when I finished it, I was that emotional.
The Book Thief is beautifully gritty and messy and sad. It’s terribly poignant and heart-wrenching, and wonderful. And I can’t do this book justice in any review. Honestly, you just need to go read it for yourself!
In simple terms, it’s about a girl and some books and the people she meets. But ohhh it is so much more than that! It’s a story regained hope, a story of new found joy, a story of light flickering wildly in the encroaching darkness of evil. The characters are memorable, the plot incredibly gripping (I read it in under 4 hours without stopping, remember? :D), and the underlying themes are oh so beautiful.
I honestly am scrabbling for words to describe just how good this book is! The writing is so vivid you feel as if you are living within the pages of the book. The tension is so real I found I had a knot in my stomach as I read. My emotions ranged from ‘oh my days this is terrible’ to ‘this is so cute!’ to ‘noooonooononooooNO!’ to ‘come on come on you can do it’ to ‘please don’t let them find him’ to ‘yess this is how it is meant to be!’ to ‘oh. my. word. that is so true’ to ‘I think I’m going to die because of the feels in this book’. I’m not kidding! (as a side note I just realized that I have been hunched over my computer in a little tense ball as I write this – the emotion that I’m remembering has that much affect on me!). Seriously guys, this is probably going to be one of the best books I will have read in 2018 – it’s most definitely going to be a re-read!
I honestly feel that nothing I say can do this book justice. Just do me a favour and go read it if you haven’t already, so I can stop scrambling for words to try and convince you to do so. 😀 The Book Thief is a very solid 9* out of 10 read for me, and I’m recommending it for ages 15+ (due to some swearing and mature content).
That’s all for today! What about you – what have been your favourite reads in the past month? Have you read either of these two books that I reviewed? Tell me in the comments below! 🙂
(*Note: I’m going to be gone next week on a mission trip. I will schedule a post to come up as usual on Saturday, but comments most likely will not be approved until sometime the following week. 🙂 )