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A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai-Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb Paperback – October 1, 2009
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Fr. Paul Glynn<strong- is a Marist priest who served as a missionary in Japan for twenty-five years. He has written five other books including A Song for Nagasaki and Healing Fire of Christ.
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MUST READ for all historians, especially christian historians.
The story of Nagai itself follows important parallels with that of many great saints within Christianity: somebody who is an independent spirit, perhaps a bit rebellious but also very sensitive, highly accomplished in what they do, goes through difficult times which hasten a spiritual conversion (in Nagai's case the death of his mother), after which even harder times lead to growth and strengthening of faith, culminating, or I should say blossoming, in radiance and fulfillment through service and love to their fellow human beings. But the way the story is written by author Paul Glynn, providing the reader with the full historic and geographic context, make it all the more engaging and compelling.Read more ›
The main story is about an early pioneer of radiology and his experience with the experience of living through the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. But, the book starts much earlier as a frame of reference to Dr. Nagai's story. This book is very Catholic, and traces the history of Catholicism through Japanese history, which is an interesting story in itself. Even for a non-Catholic reader, such as myself, there is so much to learn and appreciate about the strong faith of these courageous Japanese people.
Issues of war tend to polarize people, into demonizing one side and defending the other. People also tend to use acts of war to promote their own interests and political views. This book supersedes both. "He expressed grave suspicions about "angry people" in peace movements. There is a great need for peace movements, he wrote, but only if made up of people with hearts that are at peace." p. 212.
Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Nagai's position, his life had a message that changed people for the better.
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A moving, informative book, though I probably wouldn't be here if we had invaded Japan because my father would have been one of the b GI's to hit the beach.Published 5 days ago by Disco Deacon
Outstanding Love story of suffering transformed and raised up. I have recommended or given copies of this book to many people! St. Maximilian Kolbe was a sometime patient of Dr. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Once in a while, I find that I have read something so magnificent that it has a profound significance on my very soul. This is such a book.
The story of Dr. Read more
I've been to Peace Park in Nagasaki, seen Professor Nagai's hut and the museum. Reading this book prior to my visit enriched the experience immeasurably. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John E. Arnold
This is one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read. I believe the man featured in this true story is a Saint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Psalm 63
This was the most beautiful, inspiring story of a journey from unbelief unto belief in he loving eternal presence of God . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cshalls
The book is inspirational, but will not win any prizes for writing stylePublished 5 months ago by Ross Whaley