In the wake of a November and December devoted to studying for and taking the LSAT, January has afforded the rediscovery of my love for reading. Thanks to my parents and my Aunt Kay, I had a number of new books from which to choose when Christmas came to an end. The three I started and finished this month have surpassed my expectations. All three speak poignantly to the human condition and our shared experience. Each illustrated unique truths about the lives we lead and the world in which we live. Two left me in tears and the third made me nervous to be sleeping in my house without some sort of firearm. Rather than give a book report for each, I've given the lasting impressions each left me below. I would encourage you, if you are in need of reading material, to consider them all.
The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson: It's powerful to observe both the heights of genius, creativity, and ingenuity and the depths of evil of which we are capable.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: Perseverance in the midst of suffering really does produce a crown of life.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen: Unforgiveness is a cancer that destroys while forgiveness is essential to a joyful life.