I listened to this book months ago. It is still ringing in my mind. It is one of the bests books I've heard or read in a very long time. I thought I knew Bonhoeffer before, but I only knew about him. Metaxas took me into this amazing life. I love his faithfulness to all he believed. I ached with his fiance's grief when he was martyred. His theology challenged me to better examine my own. I bought the hardbound book because I wanted to be able to refer to it and print is better for that. We have listened to Audible books for years and this is my first review. This book is that good.
I grew up in Alabama when this book was set in Mississippi. My family were Yankees transplanted to the south by the military base in Montgomery. they came from a liberal north east academic background and I grew up loving the gentility and history so cherished in the south. We had help (domestic and yard help). my dad helped put their children through college and grabbed his medical bag at all hours of the night to help one of the families who had come to love my dad, Dr. Cocks. He also hated the violence and the intimidation that each side of that uncivil battle waged against the other. Our personal experiences were of love and respect. Our yardman Sherman (I never knew his last name) wanted to see all his kids get through college and my dad helped. Our maid, Lucinda, got too old to work, but my dad kept her supplied with medicine and medical care until she died. The Help is a story that needs to be told. much of it is very true. It's only failing is that it can't give the whole truth. Ugly stories exist, much worse than those in this book. Icould tell loving stories of multigenerational love and faithfulness across racial lines. Kathryn Stockett told her story and did it beautifully. I'd have loved to be her friend. It has taken more than 50 years to gain perspective on the evil and the good of that time. In 2011our pendulum has swung into a different face of bigotry. I hope that God will raise up a writer of Ms Stockett's heart and skill to shed light on the bigotry and sterotyping that limits us, as a culture, today.
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