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This review is from: Finding Alice (Paperback)
I sat down with this book at noon today and told myself I'd only read a chapter while I ate. Despite imminent deadlines and work stacked up forever, I finished the book at five-thirty. I don't even know what I ate for lunch.
Alice tells her story with such immediacy and disarming transparency that I feel as if I walked with her through hospitals, under the bridge, in the home of the cat lady and on toward a not-so-fragile state of wellness.
Besides the page-turning story, Carlson offers us an interesting comparison-- that of an abusive, dysfunctional, legalistic church contrasted against everyday Christians working out their faith by simply trying to live as Christ lived.
As an aside: I'm an Alice in Wonderland enthusiast and I usually cringe at the way contemporary books draw on the classic. In 1932 G.K. Chesterton worried that the delightful story of Alice had fallen under the "heavy hands" of didactic scholars. "She has not only been caught and made to do lessons, but she has been forced to inflict lessons on others." I think both Charles Dodgson and Chesterton would have been pleased to see the way Carroll's Alice lent a framework to Carlson's Alice.
Finding Alice is such a story of hope-- through the near-constant din of haranguing voices, we catch the wonder of that still small voice that changes lives.
I highly recommend this book. It's a great story but it's so much more. I'm buying copies for our local library and our church library.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2014 1:51:24 PM PDT
This is the best review I've read in re this book. In fact, I just ordered it!
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