>> Friday, September 30, 2011
My second installment of books I enjoyed. I read a good bit, so it takes alot to make it on my "favorites" list.
I read this book when I was part of a book club a couple of years ago. Probably not normally something I'd pick, but I was so glad I read it. It is the true story of one woman's life within, and escape from, the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints), along with her children. The FLDS has been in the news alot the past 3-4 years. I was fascinated and appalled by the details of the life within the FLDS she provides. I can't even imagine living that kind of life.
Another true story. This book follows Louie Zamperini, an Olympian runner, from childhood to his 90s. The largest part of the book details his experiences as a POW during WWII. I was hooked from the beginning; as a mom of 2 ornery boys I found the stories of Louie as a boy irresistable. I loved his mother -- a quiet woman of faith. It would be impossible not to be inspired by Louie's character and his triumph over such incredible circumstances. The book is very real, in that it also talks about Louie's struggle with alcoholism after the war and his conversion to Christianity which ended the alcoholism. The book is very well-written (this is the author of Seabiscuit) and one of the best I've read in the past couple of years.