Thursday, October 04, 2007

Interesting book review

Today, I checked the blog of Imad Moustafa, the Syrian ambassador to the US, as I do now and then. He often has interesting things to say, especially about music, art, and literature.

A couple of weeks ago he reviewed The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. In order to spare his family the pains of raising her, a father gives away his newborn baby girl born with Down's Syndrome and says she died at birth. He thereby wrecks the lives of everyone involved.

Unlike Ambassador Moustafa, I haven't read the book, although I plan to, so I'm only reviewing his review. He makes the point that in trying to protect his family from harm, the father achieves the opposite. I don't know about the book, but it sure works that way in real life. This is what Jesus referred to when Peter tried to protect Jesus from the cross and earned for himself the name Satan - right after Jesus had told him, "Your name is Peter." Satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy. And yes indeed, when we try to keep people from harm at the expense of pursuing truth and letting God be their rescuer, there's no telling what anguish and destruction we bring on them and ourselves, just as Satan does - whether as individuals or nations. No wonder, too, since overseeing God's business is at least as dumb as overseeing anyone else's.

Moustafa's review is at http://imad_moustapha.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/09/the-memory-keep.html

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