I Am David is one of my new favorites. It may have been written with the young in mind, but my middle aged mind and heart enjoyed it immensely. There are many nuggets of truth that will tug on your heart and inspire your ambitions. The author captures the beauty and tribulations of life through the eyes of an innocent twelve year old boy who has been hardened by the cruel nature of mankind. It’s an historical, even-handed, fictional portrayal of a child who has never seen life outside of a concentration camp—until a miraculous escape. It’s an escape for the reader as well. It will awaken your compassion and remind you that there is always hope—a better tomorrow waiting.
As the twelve year old David struggles north, blindly in search of his destiny, he is only aware of the need to take the next step. He has nothing to help him along the way other than an emerging belief that beauty exists. He finds it first in nature and eventually in people. The lessons he learns impact the reader as they are readily adaptable to our own daily struggles and somehow we can identify with David. We have all encountered ugliness and pain.
It’s not often I write for this blog—only when I am inspired and want to inspire others. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of I Am David. Turn off the television, the phone, and the computer for a journey into words and imagination. This is what I call a book that lives. It will make sense in ways that speak to where you are now. When I read it again, and I hope I do, I’m sure it will strike chords that are fresh and new.
“Never let me hear you say it’s someone else’s fault. It often is, but you must never shirk your own responsibility … You can’t change others, but you can do something about a fault in yourself.”― Anne Holm, I Am David