This book brings the reader on a "wander"ful journey across Central America in a story of romance, growth as a traveler, and personal triumph over lif...moreThis book brings the reader on a "wander"ful journey across Central America in a story of romance, growth as a traveler, and personal triumph over life's painful obstacles. I loved it from start to finish and felt a deep connection to many of the characters and their emotions. The character development makes the reader feel as if they know the individuals and care deeply about the outcome of their choices. Whether you are a seasoned backpacker/traveler, just catching the travel bug, or simply like to live vicariously through the stories of others--this book is for you.
I am so grateful for having won this in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway- it was a wonderful experience that re-infected me with the urge to travel. I wish I had read it sooner!(less)
An enlightening window into the lives of Islamic radicals that focuses on the power that can be gained by truly understanding the underlying social, c...moreAn enlightening window into the lives of Islamic radicals that focuses on the power that can be gained by truly understanding the underlying social, cultural, and religious causes that trigger young people to embark on violent jihad. While the actions of many of these individuals are by no means easily forgiven, the book offers an eye-opening look into their upbringing and life events that brought them to their destructive decision s. Some were led into jihad for the chance to love, others by religious interpretations that later came into question. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book when I won it through a Good Reads Giveaway, but I am now a firm believer that everyone should read these stories and take away a different way of looking at the roots of radical extremism and its repercussions.(less)