If you have not read The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander, it’s an excellent choice for Advent. It is a meditation on Mary’s abandonment to the will of God that was a pivotal influence in my life.
The most recent book that has influenced me is Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. It is the story of Deogracias, a young man who escapes slaughter in Burundi and Rwanda and lands in the US with $200 and no English. Eventually, with the help of friends he meets, he goes to Columbia University and then medical school. It is a powerful story of striving and resilience, and Tracy Kidder tells it from Deo’s point of view, so we experience his terror in Africa, his bewilderment in New York, and his faith in the goodness of ordinary human beings.
— Reviewed by Sr. Cecilia McGowan
The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander