The Sweetness of Tears
When faith and facts collide, Jo March—a young woman born into an Evangelical Christian dynasty—wrestles with questions about who she is and how she fits into the weave of her faithful family. Chasing loose threads that she hopes will lead to the truth, Jo sets off on an unlikely quest across boundaries of language and religion, through chasms of sectarian divides in the M...more
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy – Psalm 126, v 5There is enough sowing here for a spring planting. For a few minutes at the beginning of the book I thought this might be an edition of the new Lifetime series Chick-Lit, South Asia. But it turned out to be an intelligent, content-rich novel, reminding me very much of the work of Thrity Umrigar. Haji takes a close look at two families from different worlds, o ...more
"These tears are the proof, Sadee, that there is love in the world. Tears are only bitter when we cry selfishly for ourselves. When we deny and forget the sweet love that tears are made of. When we let our sorrow turn to anger. When people cry for each other, it is a good thing...When you cry for others...you are opening your heart to God, who must see what we do and weep for us, too, ...more
The book revolves around Jo, who comes from a conservative Christian family, but finds herself questioning her faith all the time. During her spiritual struggle, she comes to find out the startling truth about her past, ...more
The life and experiences of Jo March are at the core of this story. She re ...more
It has an interesting story line, great multi-dimensional characteros and a lot of cultural information about Pakistan and Pakistani-Americans. Each chapter is told from a different characters perspective which allows the reader to see each one from both inside and out. There is an intersting dichotomy going on between Evangelical Christians of the missionary and televangelist ilk and the Muslims - both Sunni and Shia. All of it comes together in a fascinating story.
Highly reco ...more
An evangelical Christian family in California connects with Muslims in Pakistan and Iraq through Jo, a twin within the Christian family. The Christian Matriarch, Faith, is a dedicated missionary with compassion for the world but not so much for her family.
We meet the Muslim woman in a heartbreaking situation caused by Muslim (man's) law.
The "Sweetness of Tears" refers to tears cried for others.
Jo March is a twin being raised in SoCal by two wonderful Evangelical Christians. Slight problem, in high school science she her faith crumbles as she realizes this brown-eyed set of twins couldn't have come from two blue-eyed parents. She leaves for ...more
The story involves the intertwining of an evangelical christian family and a Muslim (part Shiite and par ...more
I was very impressed with the rendering of the Christian Evangelical tradition and with the elements within it that question the broader assumptions - particularly the vignette at the end of the book that does to smug Evangelicals what I have wanted to see for some time, and would still like to in real life.
My reading has been leading up to this book, so many aspects of it from Islam to life in Pakistan for women, ...more
It is written from the angle of 4 characters, all narrating their story in first person, a style which some readers find hard to fo ...more
Another beautifully written book. Just gorgeous. A book about belief, doubt, faith, and love. A book about family and secrets. A book about Christianity and the Muslim religions. A book about truth and lies. This book opened my eyes because it was told in such a simple, elegant, beautiful manner. I was absorbed in it. I started to cry towards the end, at the pain within the pages. And then the hope in it. There was hope. I love the concept of the ...more
We live in a world where not only people of different religions argue, fight, and look at each other differently (Ex: Muslims vs. Christians) but also people of different divisions within the same religion (Ex: Sunnis and Shi'aas)
This book brings a couple of those different religions and divisions together, and shows us the human side in them all.
It also talks about the mistakes and wrong decisions we all take, and how it's be ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It explored a lot of current issues like the differences between Muslims and Christians and how we are all just people able to learn to appreciate and love each other. Other issues it explores are the damages of war and separation of parent and child during the formative years. I really liked that the book had a happy ending where I felt that the characters had grown and learned from past mistakes.
i don't know that there has ever been a book to move me to tears more than this one. it will take you on an extremely emotional journey of reconnected family ties, forgiveness, spirituality, war, and romance. you get to experience the stories of several different characters that connect three generations together. it was so moving, i would recommend this book to anyone.
Amazing book. Well written and carries a message of united we stand, divided we fall for all mankind. I highly recommend to anyone who wanted to better understand the emotions involved in hating take entirely too much energy and we are all in actuality the same despite religious and background differences.