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Book Title: Spinach Soup for the Walls: Finding My Spirit in Africa|
The author of the book: Lynne Harkes
Edition: Local Legend
Date of issue: January 3rd 2013
ISBN 13: 9781907203572
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 476 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.2
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I won this book through the Goodreads First Giveaways. Spinach Soup intrigued me because of the very first description of the book ‘This is a message of hope for anyone in despair’, now I am not considered at this point of my life as someone in despair, but rather I do work with many young people who would be right in this moment of their journey. I thought that this book could be potentially a great tool to help them through.
Lynne shares her experiences from her life as a ‘trailing spouse’ with her family throughout the world, from places such as Nigeria to South American to the Sultanate of Oman and into the jungle of Gabon in West Africa. Lynne shares openly her thoughts, challenges and journey, and how she rediscovered her own spirituality and thinking.
I struggled with this book; the structure of the book was very hard to follow. I found Lynne sharing her experiences very chaotic, stories jumping from one continent to another without much reasoning to the relevance to her last posting in Gabon. This made it very hard to follow and I got lost in some of her ‘lessons’.
I did for the most part of her journey failed to see the hope that is supposed to be the message from this book, while I found a couple of times of Lynne’s journey and the anecdotes she had to used to convey her point to be useful, for the most part I was lost in the darkness of what West Africa had offered her instead of the hope she found there.
I am torn to give this book a 3 to 3.5 rating, as while i struggled with structure of the book and missed the overall message of hope, I can appreciate the importance of sharing her story and giving voice to those who may not feel like they are able too.
One of those poignant quotes that I do take away from Lynne is “It only matters that they do their best to grow into their own magnificence and for however brief a time. Doing their thing is what they know and they are not ashamed.....The ‘weeds’ happily flowering and thriving have no idea that we have labelled them such.”
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Lynne was born in Edinburgh, where she currently lives and works as an artist. http://www.lynneharkes.co.uk
She is accustomed to expressing herself and her wonderful creativity in her bold and beautiful flower paintings, which have been exhibited worldwide and hang in collections in; India, Australia, South America, Kuwait, Oman, Bali, South Africa and the UK
In recent years, however, Lynne has also derived great pleasure from using her creative talents to write about some of the colourful places she has been fortunate to have lived in, due to the nature of her husband’s work that has seen him re-locate every few years. Lynne believes her creativity in both her art and literary work is a way for her to shares the spirituality that is so important to her.
“At times, just as my paints freely move across the canvas, with seemingly little effort on my part, the words in my book ‘Spinach Soup for the Walls’ have come together almost magically and powerfully convey the highs and lows of expatriate travelling life. I feel that a message of hope has come through for people who may be encountering personal struggles. We think we have to slay rampaging lions, or have walked through blazing fires to have a life-altering, personal transformation. Nothing could be further from the truth. My story is simple in its content and moderate in its drama but remarkable in its lessons. I hope my words will inspire people to see the remarkable in their ‘ordinary’.