Although primitive, the holistic treatments available in the 1800's were innovative and resourceful. The result of these naturally derived remedies of...moreAlthough primitive, the holistic treatments available in the 1800's were innovative and resourceful. The result of these naturally derived remedies often produced triumphant results, especially in a time period before preventative medicine was available. Today, the holistic approach is less sought after as patients are eager for a quick fix and have been inundated with synthetic drugs. The author did a great job in her medicinal research. The over abundant amount of potential suitors for the main character was obnoxious as was the accompanied child-like emotions. Courting in the 1800s was taken very seriously, and it would have been uncouth for a woman to entertain so many gentlemen, regardless of how innocent and casual it remained. (less)
I would have dropped out of society to finish this novel in one sitting, but life must go on, and I'm a big kid now. In all things feminine this week...moreI would have dropped out of society to finish this novel in one sitting, but life must go on, and I'm a big kid now. In all things feminine this week i.e., doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, serving, I thought of Mariam and Laila and how BLESSED I am to have been born in the United States where I have rights and the Taliban does not. As always, I learned so much. The Taliban made so many restrictive rules on men and mostly women, and I’ve included some of them.
• Women should not appear in the streets without a blood relative and without wearing a burqa (also burkha, burka or burqua). • Women should not wear high-heeled shoes as no man should hear a woman’s footsteps lest it excite him. • Women must not speak loudly in public as no stranger should hear a woman's voice. • All ground and first floor residential windows should be painted over or screened to prevent women being visible from the street. • The photographing or filming of women was banned as was displaying pictures of females in newspapers, books, shops or the home. • The modification of any place names that included the word "women". For example, "women's garden" was renamed "spring garden". • Women were forbidden to appear on the balconies of their apartments or houses. • Ban on women's presence on radio, television or at public gatherings of any kind
If a woman was caught breaking these laws, she could be beat in public, and for more grievous crimes, she would be hung in public. SHE WOULD BE HUNG IN PUBLIC. And just an interesting tidbit, Afghan men were forced, by the Taliban, to grow beards and they had to be a certain length (who knew!?!).
I understand from my own research, that overall improvements are being made in Afghanistan, but it is a long road to recovery since it’s been a battlefield for almost three decades. For all the non-fictional Laila’s and Mariam’s, I will continue to pray for you. You are in my heart. (less)
Bravo! This book opened my eyes and filled me with compassion! Before the Taliban and jihadis were common terms in America, there were citizens in Afg...moreBravo! This book opened my eyes and filled me with compassion! Before the Taliban and jihadis were common terms in America, there were citizens in Afghanistan just like us, and their continues to be! The war filled imagery that continues to flood the news warped my mind, and I am guilty of assuming most Afghans have cruel intentions toward western life. Please read this book. It will stay with you if you do.(less)
I began reading this story while on date at Barnes and Nobles. My date had to force me to put it down so we could get home at a decent hour. I returne...moreI began reading this story while on date at Barnes and Nobles. My date had to force me to put it down so we could get home at a decent hour. I returned the following day on my lunch hour to devour the rest of it. There are many stories available about a visit to heaven, but this one grabbed my attention since it is written by a doctor, and not just any doctor, a spinal surgeon. Just as I suspected, the doctor is able to eloquently write her story, which captivated me from beginning to end, all while "watering my faith garden." Thank you, doctor, for sharing your life.(less)
This book is lengthy, so it took me a bit to dive in and get attached to the characters. But once that happened, I couldn't wait to leave work, get ho...moreThis book is lengthy, so it took me a bit to dive in and get attached to the characters. But once that happened, I couldn't wait to leave work, get home, and go on my medieval adventure! I experienced a range of emotions alongside the cast through their ups and down. Most importantly, I was reminded that I am blessed to live in a time and place that ensures my needs are met all while experiencing extreme comfort. Running water, abundant food regardless if their is a drought or not, and a government that is checked and balanced, regardless if I agree with their decisions are just a few luxuries that are often taken for granted and should never be. I found myself driving to work thanking The Lord for my air conditioned vehicle that would no doubt hasten my commute to a mere 20 minutes. Happy reading, folks! (less)