Hannah Coulter: A Novel
by Wendell Berry
Audio Book: 8 hours
Date Published: 2004
Point: We all face joys and hardships, victories and fears, birth and death. It is not our duty to always win. It is our duty to keep living right on.
Path: This book is based on the story of one woman’s journey through life. It takes the reader through the highs and lows of life, her life, and probably your life. You see pain, joy, anger, peace, cancer, crops, divorce and restitution. It is a hard and difficult path, but it is life.
Agreement: This book was not the average account of how we wish life would be. It explained life as it is. It is hard. It is not fair. It is full of laughter and tears. It makes one hope for the resurrection. One day, all things will be made right.
Disagreement: The author, in expressing the realities of life, also uses real language. Language of war, language of hate, language of fear all come to the surface.
Personal App: I cried as I listened through this. I longed for the future peace. I wished life wasn’t so unjust. I wished good always won, when I could see it. I wish my life were not so hollow.
Favorite Quote: "You can't give yourself over to love for somebody without giving yourself over to suffering. You can't give yourself to love for a soldier without giving yourself to his suffering in war. It is this body of our suffering that Christ was born into, to suffer it Himself and to fill it with light, so that beyond the suffering we can imagine Easter morning and the peace of God on little earthly homelands such as Port William and the farming villages of Okinawa." (171)
Stars: 4 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.