Pride and Perjury

I picked up this book in a charity shop for a pound. Having read the blurb on the back I thought it might be interesting and I might learn something about politics from it!

This autobiography of Jonathan Aitken written at the end of the nineties is well worth the read. Former journalist become politician he openly shares his life, passions, and mistakes in an honest  fashion that held me captive until I reached the end of the book.

It is filled with intrigue and revelations of the consequences of his choices for good and for bad. It’s an honest, sometimes humorous, sometimes emotional account of what his hopes and dreams were for himself and his family along with filial loyalty and friendship on the one hand, and anguish from paparazzi persecution, lies, deceit and very real fears and the consequences of pride.

I personally remembered nothing from the time when this all took place other than his name., I was not interested in public affairs at that point in my life and didn’t read newspapers so I just associated his name with the government. That was it.!

What surprised me most was the unexpected open honesty about the spiritual journey that accompanied all the drama and turmoil of his life.

I’d say this was a pound very well spent and now plan to get reading his follow-up autobiography Porridge and Passion and maybe even his biography of President Nixon.

 

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The Cross and the Switchblade

This is the story of how David Wilkerson, a Christian pastor in America from the suburbs felt called on a mission from God to help some young boys in New York  that he read about in a newspaper. They had committed a gruesome murder but his heart went out to them as he looked at a sketch of their forlorn faces in a court room.

The tension of this real life drama as David Wilkerson wavers between faith and disappointment keeps the reader gripped in anticipation. The leading of the Holy Spirit confirms time after time that he’s on the right path and yet doors are locked in front of him time and again.

As I followed this emotional journey I found my own faith building and a desire in me to do more for the kingdom and live by faith as I read on.

The amazing testimony of how God led David to young gang members and drug addicts in New York is truly inspirational. Filled with amazement at the bravery of those that got saved from their terrible life threatening addictions and then ministered to others, I could not put this book down.

A ministry was born out of this amazing account of miracles and transformed lives in the 1950’s called ‘Teen Challenge‘ which is carrying on the work to this day and has spread across the globe.

 

We Should All Be Feminists

A book written by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie ,an established Nigerian author who grew up in Nigeria but now spends her time between America and Nigeria, it’s an interesting read. Very short, only took fifteen minutes to read but a good insight to the attitudes of Nigerians on gender issues. The author expresses a desire for change in the way children are taught about relationships.

She challenges the social order of beliefs in her home land as well as America. I could relate to the issues of the cultural belief that women are subordinate to men, as even here in Britain this attitude can bring about much abuse. Nigerians apparently have an expression for what they perceive to be women’s power – bottom power. This means using your sexuality to get what you want. Now there’s a topic for discussion!

I found the content although a little brief very thought-provoking about our own cultural mindsets here in Great Britain. Worth the read!