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Victim of Shame: Why me, God? Paperback – November 2, 2010
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I would just say that it's not worth the money unless you like incomplete sentences and a story that goes nowhere very slowly.
Lastly, and this is the biggie - I have no idea where this story took place or who these characters were supposed to be. A concrete setting is never mentioned. We are just in some nameless city in a nameless country and the main character works for a nameless newspaper. The names of the characters were Western and it seemed to be set in the United States, but there were several elements totally uncharacteristic of the U.S., such as the office tea boy and referrals to the nearby "village". The attitudes and reactions, especially those pertaining to and from the women characters concerning their inherent feminine weakness and self-worth as it relates to men and marriage are not generally held Western attitudes nor was most of the dialog how Americans would speak. He seemed to have moved an Asian social context (the one he is obviously familiar with) into the United States, and it unfortunately made the story more than silly in many respects. It would have worked beautifully actually had his main characters been Pakistani or Middle Eastern living in America, but as Americans I found myself laughing and indeed cringing at some of the dialog and situations. The only truly believable character was Maria, the American Muslim convert.
Mr. Zia is obviously a creative, talented individual who wants to use his writing to promote important issues, and I hope he continues to do so. I would just advise him to take the time to develop his story more, pay attention to character/setting disparity and find a really good editor.(less)
The author points out that everyone in the world regardless of religion, nation, society, race, or ethnicity feels the same anguish and grieves the same pain.
Ryan Campbell is a writer for a newspaper. His world comes crashing down and is changed forever in a split second when he is involved in an automobile accident. While in the hospital, he becomes friends with his nurse and learns some valuable lessons.
She shares these words of wisdom with him. "Right is wrong, and wrong is right. It's all in your mind. When it is a matter of right and wrong, one can pass through all barriers."
“It takes a lifetime to learn all of life’s lessons and find certain answers. That is something you have to learn by experience. Some things in life are better understood when we learn them ourselves. Every person has their own way of learning and interpreting things."
The theme of religion throughout this book raises many questions as the author points them out. Questions that are difficult to hear, as well as difficult to answer.
In this book, he has a special lesson to share with his readers and several messages of importance, wisdom, and experiences to learn. For example, There is the healing power of forgiveness as well as the destructive power of vengeance.
I not only enjoyed the story, I also learned many new things as I read it. I cried and felt the same pain as I too, often ask,"Why me, God?" If you have ever reacted to a situation in a similar manner, then I implore you to pick up this book today.