Friday, July 29, 2011

The Book Thief

So, yesterday I finished one of the most incredible books I think I've ever read. Seriously. Peeking between the pages, you would see the life of a young German girl during Nazi Germany. She lost both her parents, and watched her brother pass away on a train as they journeyed to their foster parents. It's a really neat book because it's not from the usual perspective. It's actually from Death's perspective.. which sounds rather creepy, I'll admit. It was very interesting though. He, Death's narrative, talks about what it's like to pick up the souls when they move on. Through his eyes, you visit everywhere, from the Germans and Russians battling in Russia, to the concentration camps, to the families back home in Germany. The way it's written is very expressive, and sad :(. Anyways, the girl is a German citizen, she's not a Jew, and it's about her life. It is a powerful book. It's aimed for young teens, but the message and experiences in it are just as moving to an older audience, if not more so. I bawled. It opened my eyes, yet again, to how truly blessed I am. As I read, I just hoped that if I was in that kind of situation, where hope seemed lost and there was so much pain, I hope that I would have the strength and faith to still be kind, and have compassion, like the people in the story.  Like I said, to really know what I'm talking about, you would have to read the book. My country is the best. The freedoms that I enjoy... I just am so, so grateful that I have the opportunities to make my own choices and live the way that I do. I'm grateful I have the freedom to speak my opinion, without fearing for the safety of my family or myself. I'm grateful to have the freedom to worship and believe how I want, without fear. I am so blessed. I love America, the Constitution and the principles the country was founded on. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. It is life changing. So good. Prepare to bawl your eyes out and be inspired.


  1. WOW!! That sounds like a very powerful book!! I am part of a Book Club in my ward, and I am going to recommend this as our next read!! Thanks so much for recommending it!! Love you Whit!

  2. I just bought that book last week! I can't wait to start reading it. Oh Whitney, you are seriously one of the coolest people I know! I hope you are having a blast on your adventure back east:)