Inspirational and informational!
"I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity"
This is a powerful book with a powerful message: peace, through mutual respect and forgiveness.
This author grew up in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip (25 miles by 7 miles with 1.5 million people), filled with misunderstanding and hate. He always knew there was a better way and set out to find it. In his family there were 11 people in a 9 feet by 9 feet room, no electricity, no water, no toilet.
As the conflict worsened between the Israelis and Palestinians, he continued to see the similarities of these people. He refused to see any situation as hopeless. There are extremists on both sides.
When he graduated as a doctor, mostly he worked away from home. The complications of border crossing boggles the mind.
His wife died of cancer and he was unable to get home easily. His three daughters were murdered by missiles in their bedroom.
But the Quran teaches to endure suffering patiently and forgive. The author lives in Toronto now and still believes everything happens for a reason.
He believes revenge and hatred do not work. People must build bridges.
"Tuesdays with Morrie"
by Mitch Album
This true story covers less than 2 years, when Morrie Swartz made death his final project- teaching Mitch, an unemployed sports writer, "The Meaning of Life". Mitch used the advances on the book to pay Morrie's medical expenses.
"Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip".
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in".
"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
"Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
"Death ends a life, not a relationship".
"One Native Life" by Richard Wagamese
"The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls