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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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Currently reading

Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna
Ramie Targoff
7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life
Mary C. Neal, M.D.
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis

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.