Books That Inspire 2009


 
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver


Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible is a fictional, but critical, look at Christian missionary work in the Congo. The father of a Baptist American family takes his family of six and embarks on a seemingly impossible mission in 1959. Each chapter is told from a different perspective, and this makes the book more complex, by making readers see unexpected views on this particular mission. While it specifically looks at how one family on a mission can affect the members of a small Congolese community, it more broadly conveys the power one human being can have. As I begin a career in education, it’s important for me to remember to look at issues from all sides and to really consider the effect our actions can have.


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Katie Cook
Staff Assistant
Western History Collections