Happy Ascension Day/Sunday after Ascension (depending on where you live and what your diocese does)!!!!!!
Since I am done with school, and it's summertime, I have been taking full advantage of the library. I go at least a few times a week to find awesome books and movies, because reading is amazing.
The other day, while searching the shelf, a book title--in lovely script--struck my eye. Pulling the novel out, I glanced over Motherland, by Maria Hummel. The cover looked quite sad and compelling, and glancing at the brief synopsis, I was not surprised to see that this was a World War II book. I greatly enjoy reading historical fiction, and I took an entire course last year on Holocaust literature, so I grabbed the book. Over the course of Friday night and Saturday morning, I gobbled up this story. It is so touching, so profound, and so beautiful in many ways.
Overall, Motherland gives the reader hope. Hope that no matter how dark times may be, truth, justice, and love will prevail. It also encourages us to become aware of what our government is doing, and to really know what is happening in the world. Many of the characters in Motherland have little idea of the horrific actions that the Nazi Party was doing, just as many people today have only a small grasp of the different ways in which the human person is not being respected by governments or societies. During World War II, there was less advanced technology, so it is understandable that people may not have known the truth. But today, we have amazing technology that connects us to all parts of the world--what's our excuse?
I highly encourage Motherland for older teenagers and adults of any age. It has a fairly simple, engaging structure, but pulls the reader into many emotional complexities. This book was an awesome addition to my summer reading-I love it when I come across gems in the library unexpectedly!