A new year; what will it bring? Curiosity, intrigue and surprises are in store for us this winter with these books!
Escape from Colditz, by P. R. Reid ~ This book has long been on my mom’s shelf. She and I share the same interest in stories of WWII, including POW experiences and especially escape attempts! I remember the Steve McQueen film The Great Escape was a favorite of mine from around age 8. So of course this was on my reading list! The problem was that I was confused because it goes by several different titles, has different editions, sequels, compilations—which do I choose to read? As it turns out, I wish that I had gone with Reid’s later edition, “Colditz: The Full Story”. His first history of Colditz was written a mere few years after his experiences and he did not have more details until much later. I will be getting my hands on that version [as well as several films on it], but yet I can recommend these books by Reid because they make for great reading. Reid appears to keep a light “stiff upper lip” attitude toward his captivity, yet I’m sure things were rougher when suffering the reality. I originally thought this would be a detailing one large escape attempt, rather like the one from the famous Stalag Luft III (The Great Escape, by Paul Brickhill). Instead, I quickly found it to be a narration of the author’s experiences at the fortress Colditz and the numerous failed and successful escapes made from there. More like Hogan’s Heroes though much more serious, real, and dangerous. The prisoners’ innovativeness, and ability to laugh and create entertainment even in a sparse atmosphere was enjoyable to read. No matter how many avenues were thought of, tried, discovered, foiled and so on, they could always come back with another idea to escape. Reid said there were basically two types of prisoners—those who succumbed to their imprisonment, and those who could deal with the depression that accompanied it and so put all their energy toward escape plans. Which one would you be?
A Curious Faith, by Logan Wolfram ~ I’m still finishing up the last chapters of this book, but it certainly has come to me at the right time. I’m immediately drawn to any book with the word ‘curious’ in the title (for obvious reasons), but add the topic of Christianity on top of that and I’m all in! I have been gleaning so much from it and copying out large passages of quotes. This definitely is a great book to start the new year off right. Worry, waiting, fear, control, decision making, spiritual dryness, and disappointment are a part of every human’s life. But in the context of a curious following after God, how do we deal with these everyday things well? How do we endure and trust with joy and childlike faith? I think if you have these questions, you will enjoy author Logan Wolfram. She writes simply yet eloquently. She has really helped to make has certain Scripture come alive for me. I can’t wait to finish this and highly recommend it to my sisters (or even brothers) in Christ!