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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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Well worth reading, for the history of Japan's entrance into the war, the response of the people of Nagasaki to the a-bomb. Beautiful, saint.Published 5 days ago by Barbara De Minico
What a wonderful man and wonderful story! This book really helps point the way to a brighter future for is world!Published 1 month ago by E. Carleton
I was drawn deeply into witness of Nagai's loce of our Catholic faith.Published 2 months ago by Matthew M. David
A deeply moving biography of a doctor who faced tragedy with heroism. I learned a lot of history I didn't know and wish everyone would read this book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found that this book was not only encouraging, but educational,too. I learned a lot about the "way" of the Japanese. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra M. Pennoyer
A historical, sociological, scientific, spiritual perspective on the gravest act of man. I have found a new patron and role model as I traverse a life for others.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer