Let Me Tell You

about a couple of books. You could call it fun reading. As I wrote in my notes about 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival At Sea, by Jonathan Franklin: “Basically I started reading and read until I finished. Great story most interestingly told, and terrific use of experts to explain what’s happening.”

Both of these books are my favorite kind of reading: engaging writing, fascinating story. But more—excellent research. Painlessly, from quoted experts, I learn facts I didn’t know. And the best of this wonderful breed of writers will even supply a bibliography.


The second book I grabbed from my library shelves mainly because I vaguely remembered liking the author. Also the book cover was light and beautiful. But as I soon learned the light cover was in heavy contrast to heavy-duty content. Jodi Picoult’s A Spark of Light is in a class by itself. Jodi Picoult does a fine job of presenting both sides of the abortion question. Believable characters behaving in believable ways helped me reexamine some of my own beliefs.

A couple of quotes:

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important,” Martin Luther King

“If he had learned anything during his years as an abortion doctor, it was this: there was nothing on God’s green earth that would stop a woman who didn’t want to be pregnant.”

“When you say you can’t do something because your religion forbids it, that’s a good thing. When you say I can’t do something because your religion forbids it, that’s a problem.”


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