Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War Book Review

Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if they destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if they saved an entire world.

At the precipice of World War II, Martha and Waitstill Sharp were an ordinary couple from Massachusetts. Waitstill was a Unitarian minister and Martha was a homemaker. They had two young children and had every reason to watch world events unfold from afar. Instead Mr. and Mrs. Sharp put their lives on hold to help the refugees escape from Nazi controlled Europe.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, written by their grandson, Artemis Joukowsky III, tells the story of an ordinary couple who did something extraordinary.

I found myself at certain points, while reading this book, holding my breath. While their resources were not unlimited, Martha and Waitstill Sharp were still able to save lives, despite the danger to them and their colleagues.

It is a reminder that there are people in this world who are not afraid to face down injustice and prejudice when they see it.

I absolutely recommend it.

Flashback Friday- Jack (1996)

Age is a funny thing. When we are young, we want to be grown up. When we are old, we wish to be young again.

In the 1996 movie, Jack, Jack Powell(Robin Williams) has an unusual medical affliction. He ages four times as fast as other children age, which creates a unique set of challenges.

This is the quintessential Robin Williams film. Mingling with the humor is the reality that life is not always fair or happy. In the end, Jack knows that while he may have the mentality of a 10-year-old, his body is that of a 40-year-old. At the end of the film, the audience is reminded that life is short and we should make the most of it while we can.

I recommend it.

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