From Ashes Into Light Kindle Edition
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"In this multifaceted story of loss, suffering and redemption, ashes of violence and destruction wrought by conquering races turn to the light of the inner phoenix and deep traditional values, beliefs and cultures." -Whole Life Times
About the Author
- Publication date : February 26, 2016
- File size : 530 KB
- Print length : 240 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Raincloud Press; 1st edition (February 26, 2016)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1941203078
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B01JTE6UMO
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,203 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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"Three lives, three places in time, one single thread of truth. This is a transcendent novel that speaks to the cycle of souls, the terrible wheel of human suffering, and the ultimate capacity we all share for hope and healing."
I read novels, not so much to be entertained or amused, as to be transported to another place and get inside another person's world. Gudrun Mouw's novel managed to transport me again and again. Mouw is able to pierce through the trivial, and give the reader a glimpse of something incomprehensibly vast. Her human characters are complex, compelling and believable. The Phoenix, a being who lives outside the three dimensional world of time and space, is fascinating.
The novel is by no means sententious or moralizing, though it describes concisely the cruelties and suffering that accompany war and its lingering aftermath. What moved me deeply was that in the midst of horrendous suffering there are potent examples of human kindness and courage, including a lifesaving act from an 'enemy soldier' at the prison camp.
Although one of the reviewers on this site was put off by the author's use of various narrators and settings, I found it intriguing and enjoyed piecing things together as if I were doing a jigsaw puzzle. In the end there were areas of the puzzle that remained mysterious, but I enjoy that in a novel: it pulls my thoughts back to it and keeps me pondering. I would especially recommend this novel to literature teachers to use in their classrooms for two reasons: first, it would add an interesting dimension to the other books set during World War II, and secondly, it contains a thoughtful, well researched story of what the Native American experience may have been before and during the time of the California missions.
this was well researched for its historical part.
I did find it a moving story of three different time periods and three different people.
The story is of hardship, faith and family strength that holds one together.
Ruth is a young Jewish girl during World War 2 Austria, Then we meet Saqapaya
who is a native American living during the time of the Spanish conquest. Last there
is Friede Mai who is born during World War 2.
The story tells us of each life and how it effects them. We see the suffering that each
must endure. The effect and straights of family that will hold them together.
can transcend time, space, and evil. This book made me face the stark
reality of mankind at its worst then gave me the joy of seeing that we
have the ability to prevail. The author offers all of us a real-world
journey that passes through the ashes of inhumanity and leads to
realization that a future of light and hope is available to each of