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I have avoided writing a review on this book for a long time simply because I have not known how to put into words all the feelings that I have about this book. I will simply say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. At first I was not sure it was for me.
The dialogue moves a bit slowly in the beginning as the author develops the characters. There is also a well-developed plot, mystery, history, and romance. However, to characterize this book as genre fiction does not do it justice. The amazing thing about this book is how the author explores deep philosophical and spiritual issues beneath the character's thoughts, conversations, and events of the book. Thus, I would give it the honor of literary fiction.
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This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it. I read most of my novels in Kindle format, but this is one of the few I have ordered in paperback for my permanent library. One person found this helpful. This is absolutely one of my favorite books of all time.
I won't give a synopsis, since plenty of other reviewers have done that, but let me just urge you to read this book. Well-written, captivating, and I loved the characters so much. They became like close friends, or family, or even part of me. They were "real," they didn't have everything figured out, they didn't gloss over struggles with Pollyanna faith.
They struggled with forgiveness and with moving forward after difficult things. And, as with "real life" people, they grew in their faith by the Two Steps Forward, One Step Back method most of us can relate to. So I highly recommend this book -- interesting plot, wonderful characters, and very "real. Elizabeth Musser writes of a teenager who suddenly finds himself in Atlanta Ga after having been born and living in France with his mother and father. His story begins in Atlanta in the 's with just his mother and American grandmother and follows him as he learns to live in a foreign high school with bullies, African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor.
The loss of his father and then his best friend, Eternity, and an introduction to faith as he gets to know his grandmother's story, continues to weave through his education time in Atlanta, college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and teaching in a college. It is a wonderful story that provides an incredible glimpse of history in different times as well the growth of a faith that sustains. I am working my way through Elizabeth Mussers books.
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I continue to be amazed at the depth and quality of her writings. This book was absolutely gripping. I was so inspired by the spirituality woven into the story. I also enjoyed the historical aspect and learned things I had not known before. I enthusiastically recommend this book. I loved this book which is very well written and which tells the story of several generation effected by the events and horrors surrounding the second world war. It includes stories of bravery beyond our imaginations. It also has stories of faith woven throughout.
I cannot recommend highly enough. Please don't hesitate to download but do be prepared for some late into the night reading.
Loved it well done Elizabeth Musser. Quotes tagged as "self-discovery" Showing of I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree.
When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
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They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me.
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I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there.
Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all. A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning.
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It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.