Blog Tour Stop: Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman

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I have stated this before, if I was to list the number one topic in a book that I love to read, it is a true story . . .

Synopsis for Born Under Fire

Born Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering Evers affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist . . .

I love anything that has to do with anything in the past, or even another part of the world. This book brings both of them together in a beautifully written story that is dramatic, suspenseful, real-life trauma. So far, I have not read a historical book that I have not liked. I give the book ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Blog Tour Stop – Looking West by Albert Nasib Badre

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“The plane descended, and I could see the city’s hilly landscape meandering down to the blue Mediterranean . . . Would Beirut be the same today, in 1974, as it was when I left in 1960? Had I accomplished what I youthfully boasted I would all those years ago? As I watched Beirut approach, my mind traveled back to 1960, to the day my life changed forever.”

Synopsis

In 1960, the Badre family emigrates from Beirut, Lebanon to the United States, a dream come true for fourteen-year-old Nasib.

Nasib struggles to assimilate as a teen in Albany, New York. With limited English skills, he attempts to learn new customs, make friends, and adapt to a different culture. In Beirut, the Badre family was well-known and socially privileged. In America, they are unknown bodies. Nasib adopts his father’s name “Albert,” and to further Americanize his name, young Albert becomes “Al.”

Despite the many frustrations and difficulties, Al’s ultimate goal is to become a successful American. The new anonymity actually inspires the young man. Excited by the opportunities available to him in his new country, he determines to make a potent contribution to society.

As he strives to adapt, Al reads voraciously, becoming increasingly interested in religion and philosophy. Books become his “American friends,” and reading soon prompts him to ask deep theological questions about his family’s Lebanese Protestant roots, his mother’s conversion to Catholicism, and the contrast between the Protestant and Catholic faiths. This ultimately leads to his Catholic conversion.

Al’s search for meaning in life leads him to social activism among New York City’s poorest. And, in time, to graduate studies, where his desire is to improve the human condition through information technology.

Al Badre – like many other American immigrants – works his way through hardship to achieve a meaningful place in his adopted nation.

I have always loved a book that is about someone’s life. I find it motivating, and understand a situation from someone else’s point of view. That is why I did not hesitate on signing up for this blog tour about this wonderful man.

Looking West is a mind-blowing book that swallows you in starting at the first page. Al has a heart of gold, and put others first in his education. He wanted to learn how to make society better for those who need it most.

I rate this wonderful book 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for the truthfulness and the wonderful way it was written. Great job Al!

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