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WISE Bookshelf: The Poisonwood Bible

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Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach, dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!


The Poisonwood Bible

Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Genre: Fiction (moral responsibility, risk, redemption, faith, greed)


The Poisonwood Bible, a fictitious best-selling novel, chronicles the Price family as evangelical preacher Nathan Price moves his wife and four daughters to the Belgian Congo in 1959. The story, told from the point of view of the mother and four daughters, depicts the downfalls and shortcomings of the family as they deal with the transition to Congolese culture and how they indirectly play a part in the Congo's fight for independence. This novel has already become a popular literary study in high school classrooms, and I greatly enjoyed reading the story from the characters' multiple points of view, looking up the various historical references made, and not having to write a term paper after I finished the book! It contains personal themes we all deal with, fuses fiction with facts of the Congo's (and Africa's) fight for independence from Western cultures, and sheds immense light into the sociology of the Congolese people. I highly recommend it!

Submitted by: Jori McMurtrey | Atlanta | Up to 6 years professional experience


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