In high school I lived in fear of having to read, To Kill a Mockingbird. I really don’t know how I got around it, but I would guess cliff notes saved me. I wasn’t into literary fiction in my teenage years. The books I read were more historical fiction and love stories.
After all these years I can finally say I have read, To Kill a Mockingbird. Jack Walker, my high school English teacher would be so proud. I feel I must say a few words about this profound story. Published in 1960 and written by a lady named Nelle Harper Lee, it was her first and only published novel. After reading her biography I felt a close kinship with her. Not because of any awards my books have won but because I’m not crazy about being in the spotlight either. Harper Lee’s book has won many awards including the Pulitzer Prize, but Ms. Lee is yet to be interviewed or give a speech. In fact she hated all the attention the book brought to her life. Frankly that’s probably why she never finished another one.
To Kill a Mockingbird takes you to the state of Alabama in a time when racism prevailed. The story is told from a nine-year-old girls point of view. Scout, as she is called is a very strong character. She and her brother Jem, who is four years older experience first hand the misery of the life of a colored family when the husband is unjustly accused of beating and raping a white girl. Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father is the attorney who represents Tom.
Here are a couple of blurbs I love from the book:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
This book takes us to the core of human behavior. It reflects our weaknesses and prejudices, much like my recently published novel, The Color of My Heart. Some day I hope the world will truly see only the inside of a person and not their outside appearance, such as beauty, size or color. We truly are all one in Christ Jesus.
I’d like to share this review.
“The Color of My Heart is an amazing journey that will keep you turning the pages. I've never read any story like this before. Sarah Martin Byrd managed to capture the emotions and essence that make a good story a great one. Unique, beautiful and profound, I read all the way through to the end. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.”
Mary Netreba/Author - Rosemary for Remembrance (Historical Fiction Romance)
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