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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens, Gillen D'Arcy Wood
Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants
Louie Giglio
Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet
Lyndal Roper
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Mark Batterson
1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation
Peter Marshall
House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown
Nathen Amin

Starting Today on Audio

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II - Adam Makos, Larry Alexander

Chivalry is not a term I usually connect with World War II, so this book caught my eye. In historical fiction, authors seem to try to paint Germans either as really great guys who happen to live in a horrible country and do their best to avoid doing what they're ordered to do or stereotypical bad guys. It is challenging to write a German character in World War II who is just a regular guy. This book tells the real story of a German who was not a Nazi, a pilot who did not take the opportunity to shoot down a damaged enemy plane. Could it be that every war has regular guys on both sides? It is so much simpler to assume it is always good versus evil.