Strangers Drowning by Larissa MacFarquhar begins with the hypothetical question: “If you had to choose between saving two complete strangers of your mom from drowning, would you pick the strangers?”
This concept grabs you right from the beginning. The book is a compilation of stories from people who were more than compelled to help others. Some instances so extreme, so drastic they damaged their own families. This book enlightened me in the area of idealism but also granted me the gift of knowing where to draw the line.
Strangers Drowning brought to mind the conflict of the two natures featured in the bible (Romans 7: 14-20). Many of these people started with good intentions, but they lost their way and ended up going so far beyond realism, they found they couldn't stop. They abandoned wives in labor, families and even a hospital to save the life of an unborn child- All in the name of helping others! Although God was sometimes mentioned, the book was not biblically based and was not preachy. There was also no true moral to the story. It was what it was, a great telling of people with an acute sense of obligation.
I appreciated the author’s writing style. MacFarquhar allowed you to come to your own conclusions and search yourself as to what you would do in each situation. I would definitely read more from this author. 📚
(Guest Blogger: Wilma Phillips)
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*Europa Journal is next.
**Free ARC provided by Penguin Press.
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