A while back I told you all about a book I was just getting into, "The Help". At that point I couldn't really make an informed recommendation because I hadn't finished the book yet. Since I have convictions about what I feel the Lord would have me to read & I know some of you do to, I don't take making recommendations lightly. None of us has oodles of time to sit around & waste on a bad book, whether the story itself is disappointing or the content is just too colorful, if you know what I mean.
That being said, I can wholeheartedly recommend "The Help." My goodness, did it ever make me think! In really such a short span of time our country has made some major strides as far as discrimination & integration go. And I never really thought so before, but I think we still have progress to make. It might not be so much with black people & white people anymore. I think it's gotten more complicated than that. We have so many 'minority groups.' You can't classify just by race anymore. There are belief systems, sexual orientations, financial classes, educational distinctions, tall/short, fat/thin, red headed with freckles, & so many others. It just really made me pray that I would learn to show the love of Christ to anyone & everyone that I interact with. After all, every person is a person that Jesus loves.
Let me just put one caveat on the book: there is one section that would not be appropriate for young readers. Definitely preview it before you give it to a teenager to read. It's not a gratuitous scene; it actually is telling the story of an attack that two of the ladies endure. Just something to be forewarned about.
And if you're not convinced that "The Help" is a good read, I'll tell you one more little thing. My friend Autumn borrowed the book on a Friday night & by Monday morning she emailed me to tell me she was done with it, she loved it, & could her coworker borrow it?