Heart of Gold by Beverly Jenkins
Kansas plains–outskirts of Henry Adams
Illuminated like a specter by the light of the full moon, Neil July sat his horse and voiced his doubts. “I don’t know why you’re burying the gold way out here. You’re never going to find it again.” Griffin Blake tossed another shovelful of dirt from the hole he was digging. “Sure I will.”
“We’re on the plains of Kansas. No trees. No landmarks. Nothing to remember where it is when we come back for it.”
Griffin paused. “We? This is mygold. I robbed that train.”http://www.rosecityreader.com/
Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho
“Three years had passed. Yugoslavia’s war with Croatia moved to Bosnia, and reports began to circulate of massacres committed by the Serbs. Zedka thought it unjust to label a whole nation as criminals because of the folly of a few madmen. Her life took on a meaning she had never expected. She defended her people with pride and courage, writing in newspapers, appearing on television, organizing conferences. None of this bore any fruit, and even today foreigners still believe all the Serbs were responsible for those atrocities, but Zedka knew she had done her duty, and that she could not abandon her brothers and sisters at such a difficult time. She could count on the support of her Slovene husband, of her children, and of people who were not manipulated by propaganda machines of either side.”
This is a very heartfelt nonfiction book. K.P. Yohannan took me into the world of Asian children. Sadly, most of these children are still living within the caste system. In the caste system, you can not move up or down. If you’re of low estate, you remain that way always. In parts of Asian society where caste is no longer looked upon as productive,the ideas do not go away easily. A child may be given chores to do at school like scrubbing the floor, etc.
These Asian children live very hard lives. Some parents are not able to take care of their children. So they sell their children to other people hoping the people will treat their children well: feed the children well, get them to school and get good health care for the children. It is not easy for these parents to give away their children. Like we in the West love our children, they love their children too. The way these Asian children live is hard to swallow: These children starve. These children get no education. These children live too faraway from health facilities to receive care. Housing is beneath what we would even call housing. Then, because of the caste system there is no way out. You’re stuck.
K.P. Yohannan believes it is really our duty to help and save these children by taking care of their physical needs and preaching the Gospel to them. It is his belief that just taking care of physical needs and not sharing words of Spirit is a job half done. The Gospel must be preached. When physical needs are taken care of and where people are given a spiritual message about the Kingdom, love and forgiveness, there can only be happiness.
Gospel For Asia is a wonderful organization as described in NO LONGER A SLUMDOG by K.P. YOHANNAN. I feel truly good knowing there is an organization which cares so much about how children are treated. Throughout the book there are videos listed, and there are photos on almost every page. Well after this book is read there is a well developed site about the children with personal stories,www.gfa.org, www.nolongeraslumdog.org
It really moved me to read about how much Jesus cared for the little children. The scripture is given “suffer the little children to come unto me.” K.P. Yohannan also recommends sponsoring a child. I had never heard of any one talking about sponsoring a child with such vigor. If you care about and love children, this book, No Longer A Slumdog, will mean a great deal to you.
It’s no surprise that Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley have written another wonderful novel about Jasmine, Rachel and Mae Francis. In Fortune & Fame, These three women joined by Mary Richardson and Melinda and Natasia are putting together a reality show. While taping the show, old issues come up like Natasia’s love for Hosea, Jasmine’s preacher-husband. Of course, there is the old rivalry or friendship between Rachel and Jasmine. It’s always funny how after all the fights and name calling they end up helping one another get what they want from life and liking one another. proving friendship between women can be pretty complicated.
With all the maniacal fun going on there are also the serious issues about the custody of a little boy who biologically belongs to Mary Richardson. Rachel and Lester have been the caretakers of Mary’s son during her long stay in prison. What will happen now? How badly does she want her child back with her? I was surprised that Mary didn’t beg to see her son immediately after leaving prison. Then, there is the issue of leadership. Mary’s husband, Nathan, is a preacher too. However, what he does behind closed doors is unthinkable.
Of course, Mae Francis and Oprah, Own, Gayle King can not go unmentioned. After all the reality show is being produced at the Own studio. Oprah remains above all the horrible shenanigans like lies and competitive moves. I guess this is why Fortune & Fame ends smelling like a rose. I would hate to see the Queen of t.v. brought low in such a good novel.