Aisha, the favorite wife of Muhammad, gives an account of the beginnings of the Muslim religion and her life as a mother of the believers.
The spirituality in this book captivated me. I was fascinated by the strength of the early Muslims and the faith it took to be members of such a persecuted religion. This book delves into the trials, the wars, the controversies, and the beauty of the history, all through the eyes of a strong woman who had an incredible influence on her people.
While Kamran focused more on the religion, Sherry focused more on Aisha’s coming of age and her relationship with Muhammad, including the difficulties of being in a polygamous marriage. Such a life requires patience, selflessness, and an open heart, all of which Aisha struggles with because she is an assertive child who loves her husband fiercely. Watching Aisha grow up as both a leader of her people and the favorite wife of twelve women was fascinating. It’s easy to apply the things she learns to our own lives.
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
Emily Carr preserves the art of the Native Americans in Vancouver by painting as much of it as she can before it’s all destroyed.
This book was both beautiful and heart-breaking. Her exquisite depiction of the Northwest made me homesick to the point of physical pain. After reading the book I looked at Carr’s paintings, and I was shocked that they were exactly how I pictured them from Susan’s descriptions. Despite how sad it made me over the Indian cultures we lost, this was the kind of book I wanted to read slowly, to soak it all in.