One reads all kinds of books. Some do not even register. Some you remember for a short time and forget sooner than later. Some you ruminate over and may discuss with others. There are some, however, that refuse to go away from your memories and crop up in your thoughts now and then even years after reading them. You reread them and re-reread them.
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton has been with me physically and in my mind for 40 years. I am sure glad that I got to know the book intimately.
Some startling revelations are so in-the-face that you jolted out of your passiveness:
“I have never thought that a Christian would be free of suffering, umfundisi. For our Lord suffered. And I come to believe that he suffered, not to save us from suffering, but to teach us how to bear suffering. For he knew that there is no life without suffering.”
( It is in the context of the profundity and not religion that is remarkable here. So, it is not a religious discussion ).
Do you have a book that fits this description?
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