Thursday, January 15, 2009
There is no me without you
Sometimes it's hard for me to write about things that are overwhelming me. My thought haven't organized themselves in a nice and neat fashion in my brain. I can sit at the keyboard, and type and delete, type and delete. Overload.
This is one of those things.
But my urge to tell you about this books is too strong. I have to try!
So I got this book recommendation from my brother Brian and his wife Amy who are RIGHT NOW, as I type, in Ethiopia, adopting the newest Seay kids.
This book is BIG. I was intimidated. Not because I don't like to read. But because my reading time is limited to after I get in bed at night and am exhausted. So I read things very slowly these days.
But I could tell five pages into this book it was going to change my life.
It is. I am thinking about what I've read about half of the time. I'm dreaming about it.
It is so well written, pouring out the personal story of a woman who rescues AIDS orphans in Ethiopia, but is laced with a wealth of information, most of which I did not know.
I can't believe how ignorant I was about the AIDS crisis in Africa. I'm ashamed that I participated in the indifference by ignorance of what was happenning in real life for millions of orphans.
It's too easy to read statistics and feel disconnected from them.
But it's real now. My niece and nephew live in the city that this book takes place in. What is happenning in Ethiopia is personal to me now. I wish it didn't take that for me to get here, but it did.
You can click here to read a book excerpt. I know buying a book, especially a big one, it's kind of a commitment, and it's a longshot that anyone is going to after reading this post, but maybe if you read this amazingly-written excerpt from the book, you will be won over.
Someone, share this journey with me! There's so much to digest. I would love to hear your thoughts.