Monday, March 15, 2010

Listen by Rene Gutteridge

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Nothing ever happens in the small town of Marlo . . . until the residents begin seeing their private conversations posted online for everyone to read. Then it’s neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, as paranoia and violence escalate. The police scramble to identify the person responsible for the posts and pull the plug on the Website before it destroys the town. But what responsibility do the people of the town have for the words they say when they think no one is listening? Life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Definitely a lighter fare than Mountains Beyond Mountains, but a very good read all the same.  Yes, it's a "Christian" book (i.e. inspirational fiction from Tyndale) but Gutteridge does a terrific job with this.  The religious aspects of the book a not heavy handed - I'd say fairly innocuous really - and it is a fast moving, story.  She really does a neat job showing how a "nice" town could unravel if people start finding their private conversations published on the web.




Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

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This is a book worth reading.

The thing that drew me to it is odd - I was looking up the phrase "the long defeat" - from the Tolkien quote:

"Actually, I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect 'history' to be anything but a 'long defeat' - though it contains (and in a legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory."
 ... and I came across this wikipedia article: 

This term has been used in some circles to denote the struggle against the ill effects of poverty and injustice.
This usage was popularized in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains  by Tracy Kidder. This book describes the efforts of Dr. Paul Farmer, who selflessly serves the poorest of the poor in medical facilities in Haiti and other poor countries.
Great book.  Find it.  Read it.