The Week In Books 2008, No. 12

My Enemy’s Cradle by Sara Young is about a Jewish girl who hides in plain sight in a Nazi Lebensborn (maternity home for unmarried girls producing offspring for the Nazis) during World War II. I thought this was a very interesting premise so I’m sad that I can’t wholeheartedly recommend the book. Much of it was well done, but there are several points at which the author goes into WAY too much detail in the love scenes (and I use the word love in the loosest possible sense).

Obviously a book about a Lebensborn is going to have some mention of sex in it, as the girls got pregnant somehow and the complicated mess they make of relationships is key to the story. It’s not so much that the details are particularly lascivious, rather they are out of place and awkward and add NOTHING to the story. They just make you pause in your reading and say, “I really wish she had left that out!” It reminded me of a section in “Off the Page” about how difficult it is to write love scenes. I think this is why it’s important for writers to be readers – so much of classical literature proves that you can convey passion and love without resorting to cheesy or awkward detail.

If you are the type of reader who can skim over that stuff, the book really is interesting, but if you can’t skim or don’t care to, this book may not be for you.

I kind of hate it when Amazon blazes their arrow across the entire cover of a book, but I’ll just tell you that the picture at left depicts Surrender: The Heart God Controls by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I thought this was a good little book. It had lots of thought provoking passages and questions that prompted reflection. Most importantly, for me anyway, the book reminded me that although God’s ways are not my ways, He is good and trustworthy.

Kids book reviews for this week are here.

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