Archive for the ‘Autobiography’ Category

Love Does by Bob Goff

Immerse yourself in the wild and whimsical life of Bob Goff. A lawyer by day, missionary by night, Bob will impart you with wisdom beyond compare. Love Does by Bob Goff is not quite like any book I have ever read. It is nonfiction, but never dull. Bob talks about actions that speak louder than words, and his book is full of stories that prove just how much love can do.

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Bob is the founder of Restore International, which works in Uganda, India, Iraq, Somalia, and Nepal. Restore International’s mission is to change a few lives for the better through fighting for freedom and human rights, and working to improve educational opportunities. Many of Bob’s stories are set in one of these countries, and some of the situations he has been in are truly amazing. On one trip to India, Bob and his three children rescued some children that were being trafficked and held hostage in a shed in the bush. Through his organization, he also started a school in Uganda. This school started out with only a couple students, but it has since expanded from a day school to a boarding school with over 400 students. When Bob sees a need, he doesn’t think ‘somebody should do something about that’. Instead, he thinks about himself, and what he can do to make a difference in that situation. And whether that be carrying a bucket of water bottles down Main Street and handing them out to people who look thirsty, or rescuing children in India, Bob strives to make a difference wherever he goes.

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I also had the privilege of meeting this spunky and enthusiastic author a few weeks ago. I found him to be very engaging and inspiring. He told stories from his life and his book, and afterwards, to my great surprise, he agreed to go out for frozen yogurt with us! He was very down to earth, and he invited us all to come to Uganda with him. Then again, I suspect he does that to everyone. The following passage sums up the book pretty well: “Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love.” If you would like to get more involved with Restore International, please visit http://restoreinternational.org.

The target audience for this book is really adults, but in my opinion, mature kids (probably ages 12 and up) who want to be inspired to live a more meaningful life would enjoy this book. My personal favorite part of the book is when Bob talks about encouraging his kids to write letters to world leaders. These letters turn into trips to visit those leaders in their own home countries, resulting in amazing adventures for the Goff family.

Anne Frank Remembered

Millions of people all around the world have read Anne Frank, A Diary of A Young Girl, but few people have heard about the story of the eight Jews who hid from the Nazis for almost three years from the perspective of the one who risked her life to keep them safe. Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies is a wonderful book about a young woman who helped to hide the Frank family and four other Jews in The Netherlands during World War II.

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Miep Gies was an office worker at Opekta, a company that made pectin in Amsterdam. She hid Anne Frank and her family, and will be remembered for her bravery and kindness for years to come. Miep wrote a biography later in her life, about hiding the Franks, from her point of view. She relates to anyone who reads Anne Frank Remembered the personalities of some of the people she hid, and the anxiety and danger of trying to hide, feed and protect these people in peril. Unlike in Anne Frank’s account, Miep uses the real names of the people she was helping. Miep was the first person to revisit the Secret Annex after it was raided by the Nazis. That is when she found Anne’s diary, and decided to keep it until Anne returned home. Unfortunately, she never got the chance to give Anne back her diary.

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One of the most interesting parts of Anne Frank Remembered is the details of the Gies’s meeting of Otto after the war was over and all of the concentration camps still run by the Nazis were liberated. Miep wrote her story in 1987, and died January 11, 2010. I really admire her for her bravery, and how she was willing to risk her life like she did for a cause that she believed in.

To see a news story about Anne Frank Remembered, including an interview with Miep Gies, click on the link below.

NBC News Story

The Diary of Anne Frank

Read a book about a courageous girl living during the Holocaust as a Jew in Amsterdam. Experience extreme courage and live in a secret annex. Hear the bombs overhead. This is the life of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank was a Jew living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. Once the war started, the Franks went into hiding, and Anne started a diary that is well-known today.  I adore Anne Frank, I mean, I’m a lot like her. I like to write things down, or journal, and read a lot. (As you can see as you read my blog) My favorite part of this book is the way Anne explains the everyday, ordinary details of being in hiding. For instance, arguments, romance, and just plain waiting for the war to be over.

The book is best suited for teenagers, so not for little kids.  It is definitely an autobiography, and I strongly advise you to read it if you have not already.  Once you’ve read it, you will understand more thoroughly what World War II really was all about, and how hard it was on Jews. But I would like to warn you that the diary does not end like any other book. It ends very suddenly.   In real life, Anne ends up going to a concentration camp, and sadly, her story doesn’t end well, like most children’s stories. So get ready for a bitter-sweet story that will make you sad, but make you think at the same time.