I thought it would be fun to read this series, since there is a British TV show based on it that looks interesting. But after reading the following, I'm done:
Hildegard Staunton was paler than he remembered from her husband's funeral. Her short hair was blonde and curly; her eyes were large and green. Her eyebrows were pencil-thin and she wore no lipstick; as a result, her face looked as if her feelings had been washed away.
So, it's only possible to read feelings on a woman's face if she's wearing lipstick? I had no idea!
If the book had been written in the '50s or something, I probably could have overlooked this, but no, it was published in 2012. I may be overreacting, but there's a lot of good stuff to read and this time, I choose not to spend my time on something that implies that women absolutely must wear makeup or they can't get along in society.
I realize that I'm nowhere near my twenties anymore, but this book is fantastic and has joined my short list of required reading for my kids and anyone who has anything to do with young people. I read it. Then Jon read it. Then I sent copies to my sisters who have older kids. I made Zed and Phin read it and Jacob is partway through it. Even though my kids aren't working dead-end jobs or trying to "find themselves" while we support them, the book resulted in some good decisions for one kid in particular. He knows who he is.
After almost 22 years I returned to my first mission city, Görlitz, on the east border of Germany, with Poland across the Neisse River. I went with Zed and Phin early on a Sunday morning so we could attend church and try to meet up with old friends. That worked out well! I was a little distracted taking it all in and didn't get everyone in photos as I would have liked, but here's what I have.With Br. Rudi Lehmann:With the Maschkes:With Thomas Lehmann:The old church meeting rooms were on the first floor above ground floor here until the mid-1990s. The right half of the building has been renovated, and the left half we used to enter the church rooms from is decaying and locked up. Br. Frank Fuchs drove us here, and afterward he and his wife invited us over for lunch!This building is at Blumenstrasse 2, where we lived as missionaries on the first floor above ground floor on the left. It's nearly unrecognizable after all the renovation that was done.We walked around Zgorzelec,…