Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Child Soldier

Ever read a book that you can't stop thinking about?

I'm totally there.

As part of our mission trip to Africa, Jodie has encouraged us to read a book of our choosing about Africa. I have had A Long Way Gone on my bookshelf for quite a few months and thought it was perfect timing to start reading it. I think about the book as I do my laundry, make dinner, walk Cooper, drive to the bank, etc.

I can't put it down ... and can't stop thinking about it.

It's riveting.

A Long Way Gone is a true story about a 12 year-old boy who's village in Sierra Leone comes under attack by the rebels. He is on the run for a year, before being caught and is forced to become a boy solider. He is forced to fight, given drugs, trained to kill and use weapons such as AK-47's. There are an estimated 300,000 child soldiers. 

This book is heart wrenching and sad, but I know the ending is good.

Besides, I think it's nice to read a book that isn't coming up all roses. It awakens our senses and allows us the opportunity to open our eyes to what's really going on in the world outside our own. 

I so want everyone to read this book. Ishmael tells his story through the eyes of the child that he was. It is sad, life-altering, and real.

Anyway, that's why I haven't been blogging. My eyes have been on my book ... my mind has been in Sierra Leone. 

P.S. Isn't Ishmael adorable!?!


Eve said...

He has an amazing smile and the fact that he is smiling is even more amazing!

marisabutterworth said...

I am so glad that you are reading this! It sounds like a must read. I can't wait for you to go to Africa. I am going to have to pick up this book next.