Sunday, September 25, 2016

I Am Malala | A Book Review | Blog-tember Day 25

I Am Malala | A Book Review | Blog-tember Day 25 #blogtemberchallenge

It's the last week of blog-tember and we are starting the week off with a book review. I am a bit late in the game when it comes to reading new releases. I like to let the hype die down a bit before picking up a book so I can formulate my own opinion of it rather than letting the buzz influence me. This is my book review.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai | ★★★★
This is the story of young Malala Yousafzai from the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan who spoke out against the Taliban when they banned education for girls and was shot in the head as the result of her protest. I enjoyed and would recommend this book for several reasons.

Having grown up in privileged America, I, and most Americans for that matter, don't know what it is to want for things. We might think we are struggling because we want a new car or pair of shoes, but this story squelches those petty feelings. Malala shares in her book, her deeply-rooted desire to learn. To go to school. To read a book in English. When friends or extended family members are going through tough times, they bring the children into their home and her family eats the cost of tuition for their education. This book makes me thankful for the education I did have and the fact that I didn't have to fight for my right to learn like so many children across the globe have to do every day. It certainly puts things into perspective.

This book shows the life of a real Muslim family in a real Muslim country. She shares her thoughts and beliefs and conversations her family has in response to the 9/11 attacks in the United States, their feelings about the US's attack on Afghanistan, the Taliban's overthrow of an already corrupt government, and eventually, the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden. This book gives an accurate and often enlightening look at the Muslim faith through the eyes of a child and demonstrates how compassionate and peaceful a people they really are.

In this book, you will learn the art of the peaceful protest. Lately, in America and many other countries, if you disagree with something a higher power enforces, you shoot people, start fires, loot, and riot. Malala Yousafzai's story proves that isn't the way to accomplish anything and it's certainly not the way to get what you want. She has, in her early teens, mastered the art of the peaceful protest and has, in time, seen her wishes become reality. There is something to be said for being peaceful and respectful even in your protests.

This book is inspiring. Malala is an inspiration because in the face of persecution, losing her right to an education, losing family members and even potentially losing her life, she perseveres in her quest to see that all girls have the right to go to school and learn. Never has there been a truer testimony of girl power.

What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?

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