We've lived in Utah, Nebraska, upper Michigan and now we've settled in Colorado...at least for now! Marley is 10, Isi is 6 and Enzo is 4.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

To Destroy You Is No Loss

I know that blog title sounds way harsh...but, it's actaully a book title. YES! I read books! And I enjoy it.

I haven't always loved to read. I really started reading a lot once I got to BYU. I HAD to read my text books and I actually really enjoyed reading to learn. Most recently I've gotten into reading for fun. My sister Julie inspired me because she loves loves loves to read. She MADE me join her book club, to which I became very grateful. One reason for my gratitude was I have become exposed to many great books and I have even fallen in love with some. And another reason was the women that are in her book club are awesome! I learned so much from their insights and comments and even from the books they suggested for the reading list.

Anyway, this book, To Destroy You Is No Loss, is a book I was assigned to read in my History of Civ class back in 2006. My professor had assigned an outrageous number of books to read that term (spring term) and realized he wouldn't have enough time to grade our last paper so he cancelled it and it turned out that I didn't need to read this book for the class. I don't exactly remember all the other books we had to read (sad) but, I've had this one on my shelf and I've been meaning to read it. I finally did.

It is a true story of a family in Cambodia. It is extremely sad. I had a hard time putting the book down because I didn't want to leave Teeda and her family in suffering. It is an amazing story of human survival in inhuman conditions.

Though the story is very sad, I didn't cry until the end, the last two chapters. Just when you think relief has come to this family and they cannot possibly suffer anymore they are forced to press on or die. Well, I don't want to give away too much of their story, I know Julie hates that, so I'll leave at that.

It is a great true story. I hate to say I loved it, because it is about true life suffering, so I'll just say that I'm glad JoAn Criddle wrote of this families horrendous experience so we can learn from history and be aware of what some current American citizens suffered.

I am so grateful I was born in the U.S.A.


Emily said...

I went to a lecture by the woman that wrote this book and got an autographed copy. She was in our Stake back in San Jose... and did the lecture for a Relief Society thing or something... great story... and yes, i love the USA!!!

Becky said...

Cool! That would be so awesome to hear her speak about it. I would love to meet Teeda, too.

Brian and chelsea said...

You are an inspiration. I was a reader BEFORE college, but then all those textbooks thrown at me destroyed my love for reading. I havent gotten back into it. But perhaps I will now... I just wish i had a fun bookclub to join like you do!

Kara said...

Hey Becky!
I found your blog on Celeste's website. I hope you don't care I added you to my sidebar! I'd love to read your blog and see pics of your cutie, marlayna!