by Batya Casper
"Israela" by Batya Casper, (Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC, 2011), is a story of love, secrets, betrayal, loss, survival, and hope. The story unravels through the eyes of three women, each with their own viewpoint and vision for the future. Centered around the conflicts of the Irsaeli and Arab people, this book helps us to understand the struggle and cost of peace. What would the land we inhabit say to us if she had a voice? Can we soften our own hearts enough to listen?
"In my heart, I call to their mothers, 'Take your sons to your houses, Bind them to your chairs; gag them, blindfold them if necessary until they grow calm. Then teach them, for they have forgotten, about peace, about the blessed life, about a future- a present- without pain.' Beneath their prayers, in their morning cups of coffee, beneath their love making and their child rearing, and in their sorrows, especially in their sorrow when burying their dead, I hear the simmering of heating souls; I smell the charge of armies, of lives exploding uselessly into smithereens. I sit mourning over a disaster still to come."
My book club won copies of this beautiful book from Book Movement and we would like to pass four copies along to one lucky winner for their next book club selection. If you have been thinking of forming a book club but haven't yet made that leap, enter to win and have a set of four books for your invited members to get you started. Check out my previous posts on Starting a Book Club and how to Take Your Book Club from Fair to Fabulous for more tips.
Enter to win four copies of "Israela"
Simply leave a comment on this post with a link back to your blog or website or email email@example.com so that I have your contact information if selected. The deadline to enter is June 15, 2011.
Stay tuned for the next post at The Key to the Gate featuring a Q & A with Batya Casper, author of "Israela."
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