31 books I can’t live without: Cry, the Beloved Country (22)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on! 


51iv9ssk9l-_sx315_bo1204203200_Title: Cry, the Beloved Country

Author: Alan Paton

Synopsis: A “…deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, this book is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.”

Why I can’t live without this book: Race and privilege. Power and whiteness. The potential of justice, reconciliation, forgiveness and grace. This book, which is a recent discovery of mine, tackles issues of race as it related to Apartheid in South Africa – but it is so, so relevant to the conversation happening in America today. If you read this and don’t find yourself underlining nearly every other sentence, please shoot me a message so we can read through it together. I will gladly email-stalk you until you understand. (Love, Cara).

(One of my) favorite quotes: “But there is only one thing that has power completely, and this is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.” Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

So, Cry, the Beloved Country: have you read it? Did it change you? Have you given it a chance as an adult? 

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4 thoughts on “31 books I can’t live without: Cry, the Beloved Country (22)

    1. I highly recommend the audio version …minus the fact that you might veer off the side of the road while laughing hysterically.

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