Recommended reading: Strength in What Remains

A Book Review by Katherine Feely, SND

Education for Justice of the Center of Concern

http://www.educationforjustice.org and http://www.coc.org

 

The reader will travel to: Burundi, Rwanda, New York and will also reflect on the values of the  sanctity of human life, hope in the midst of war, and being fully human in community.

Book Description:

Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of a life devoted to healing.  Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life in search of meaning and forgiveness.  Tracy Kidder shows the reader what it means to be fully human by telling a story about the heroism inherent in ordinary people, a story about a life based on hope.

 

Strength in What Remains, a biography by Tracy Kidder

Random House, 2009

 

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