Stuff I'm reading....
Death on the Black Sea: The Untold Story of the 'Struma' and World War II's Holocaust at Sea I ran across this at the library last week - the story of 800 Jews who set sail from Romania to Palestine in a rickety old cattle hauler with an engine destined for failure. They were delayed in a Turkish harbor along the way with engine trouble. England pressured Turkey to not help them, as the Brits were blockading Palestine in hopes of keeping the balance of power there between the Jews and Arabs (and we know how well that worked...).
Turkey would not allow them off this ship, so they stayed for weeks until the Turks 'fixed' the engine...although the fix necessitated them being towed out of the harbor and set adrift in the Black Sea, where they drifted until they were torpedoed two days later. One survivor was found.
It's frightening to see governments dickering over policies while allowing people to die...hmmm.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies: Books: Jared Diamond
I just started this last night. I'm a sucker for a clever title.
It's fascinating to see societies make the same mistakes over and over through the centuries...and recognize how we're not immune from the same mistakes.
More details to follow. This is a good book for a long rainy day, and although today is rainy, I have two little boys who want breakfast. Little boys trump guns, germs and steel any day.
Beyond the Cosmos: The Extra-Dimensionality of God : What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal About the Glory and Love of God: Books This book is blowing my mind. One chapter into it, I'm pondering fifth dimensions and quantum physics (because, of course, my Bible college background is so steeped in quantum physics. Seriously, the closer I examine the world around us, the more wonderful and amazing God is to me.