Thursday 7 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Just poking my head out of the snow hole that is the bookshop to wish all readers a Happy New Year! The snow and ice has cooled the trading temperature as well as everything else, which is a relief in an odd sort of way.
Before Christmas we had a visit from the Bradford Christian School, which was really great. I want to include a very special review of a classic book, which was purchased by a Year 9 pupil (13-14 year olds I think). This is so exciting because it gives a rarely expressed 'child's eye view'. Thanks are due to the School and the young lady herself for allowing me to reproduce the review here:

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

The book is about a woman in Holland who lives with her sister and father above their watchmakers shop. The story escalates from just a diary of a normal life into a close to death situation when the family are caught and arrested for hiding Jews in their house. The scenery transforms from a house in a town to a small four walled prison cell. Separation, desperation and starvation are all key words in this book, but so are love, trust and sacrifice. The particular thing I like about this book is the ‘just keep trusting in God’ attitude the characters have and their ability to just keep going and loving people no matter how much pain that person may have caused.
I would recommend this to certain people that enjoy reading challenging books or to a friend that might be struggling with something, it’s like the kind of book that shows hope in awful situations.
This book is adventurous and something that you can relate to, and maybe learn from.

So there you are. If you have never read it, now's the time to start! It'll cost you £7.99 at the most.

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