In a day and time when people can't seem to get along... when people are offended by anything and everything... when so very much seems to divide us, Amy Harmon has written a book that reminds us that people of different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities can NOT ONLY get along, but can be compassionate toward one another, can HELP one another, can SACRIFICE for one another. "From Sand and Ash" depicts the plight of the Jewish people in Italy during WWII, and the Catholic people who hid them, fed them, and kept them safe from the Nazis, even though to do so posed GREAT RISK AND DANGER to themselves. Yes, there is a love story (a poignant, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking and ultimately joyous love story), but this book is so much more. It is a history lesson, even for those of us most knowledgable about the subject. It is a lesson in the arts and in religion. And it is a REMINDER that compassion, sacrifice, and love CAN exist between people who on the surface seem SO DIFFERENT.
The characters in this story are fictional, but the situations they found themselves in are very, very real. These fictional characters and this fictional story are set amid the VERY REAL persecution that Jewish people in Italy faced as the Nazis swept across Europe. We've all heard the stories of what the Jewish people endured during Hitler's rule, but this inside look at what happened in Italy, and the way the Catholic church SHELTERED the Jewish peoplehas given me a new perspective on a period in history that we must, never, NEVER forget.
I've recommended Amy Harmon to many of you before, but I simply CANNOT recommend THIS book highly enough. It is one of the most beautiful stories I have EVER read. And I think we could all use the reminder that people of different backgrounds and experiences CAN find common ground and act with compassion and love toward one another.
GO READ THIS BOOK --> "From Sand and Ash"