Saturday, May 21, 2011
While the World Watched
So, I thought I knew a lot about the Civil Rights Movement, I mean I learned about it in school in the 1970's and 1980's, right. Well, I now know there was a lot I didn't know. But that's not all this book is about. Carolyn Maull McKinstry gives us a look into her life, a life filled with death, fear, inequality, but most importantly God. At the age of 14, she lost her 4 closest friends in a Klan bombing at the Sixteenth Street Church, her church, in Birmingham, AL. Her life was spared by minutes. But her loss, her anger and her fear would last a long time. She marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. But the loss of those 4 friends would haunt her for a long time.
This wonderfully written book leads you through Carolyn Maull McKinstry's life as she comes to terms with the loss and her hatred and comes to forgiveness through the Lord. Her road was not smooth or quick, but it led her to where she was meant to be. I received this book to review while I was going through a Sunday School class on forgiveness and how when we forgive others as God forgave us, we are in his grace. I really loved this book, I had a difficult time putting it down. I would recommend this to anyone whether or not they have an interest in the history of our Civil Rights Movement.