Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Favored Daughter! (A Book Review)

Politics was in my blood and I believe it was my destiny. God wanted me to live for a purpose and what greater purpose can there be but to improve the lot of the poor and bring pride to a nation torn apart by war?--Fawzia Koofi
Fawzia Koofi is truly an amazing and courageous woman.  I can't remember how I heard about her book, but I am so glad I did.  I not only learned a lot about Afghanistan, but about the taliban, the mujahideen, the roles of women in society, etc...
Even at that early age I had a sense of the injustice of the position of women in our culture.  I remember the quiet despair of the wives who weren't loved or noticed by my father, and the trials of those who were.--Fawzia Koofi

Koofi was born into a family where her father had 7 wives, she was the nineteenth child and her mother was her father's favorite wife.  Her father was a respected politician, but was murdered when she was only 4.  She survived abuse and death all her life, including the murders of her brother and husband.
Marriage is an important rite in a woman's life, but I truly believe marriage should not prevent her from living her dreams.  Rather, her dreams should become those of her husband's and her husband's dreams should become part of hers.  This new couple should stand together and make the world theirs.--Fawzia Koofi

Out of all of this she was the only daughter in her family to go to school and even started medical school.  She surely would've graduated, had the taliban not taken over while she was in the middle of her education.  When the taliban took over, women lost the few rights they had.

After the United States freed Afghanistan from the taliban, Koofi took hold of her future and ran for parliament in the first free elections in many years.  Her life is constantly in danger, but she knows the cause she serves is too important to quit.  She also ran for the Speaker position in parliament and won as a virtual unknown at the time, and is the first woman to have the role.

She now wants to run for President in 2014.  I can't imagine a better champion or leader for Afghanistan.  I wish her godspeed.

2013 Book List--Part 2

2013 Book List

I have made time for more reading this year and its been very rewarding.  I realized that a lot of my book ideas come from seeing something on tv, movies or on the radio.  I found the above book after watching an episode of I Survived...  Three Americans were held hostage in Columbia for more than 5 years.  Their story was truly amazing.

1) Eleven On Top--Janet Evanovich
2) Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt--Christi Paul
3) The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression--Amity Shlaes
4) A Journey Through the Life of William Wilberforce: The Abolitionist Who Changed the Face of a Nation--Kevin Belmonte
5) Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family--Condoleezza Rice
6) Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member--Emily Keller
7) Raging Heart--Sheila Weller
8) Silent Partner--Dina Matos McGreevey
9) 60 Days to Self-Love for Moms--Nicole Burns
10) The Cold War--Andrew Heritage
11) Staying True--Jenny Sanford
12) A Stolen Life--Jaycee Dugard
13) Broken on the Back Row--Sandi Patty
14) Columbing--Dave Cullen
15) Pol Pot--John Allen
16) Twelve Sharp--Janet Evanovich
17) I Beat the Odds--Michael Oher
18) The Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Genocide--Sean Bergin
19) Taking Heat--Ari Fleischer
20) Out of Captivity--Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell & Gary Brozek
21) The Favored Daughter--Fawzia Koofi

2013 Book List--Part 1
2012 Book List
2011 Book List
2010 Book List
2008 Book List

Friday, April 26, 2013

George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication!

Yesterday, on the 25th of April, the George W. Bush Presidential Center had its dedication ceremony. As I watched Bush's speech, it reminded me once again why I love him and am so proud he was our President for 8 years.

I am a huge fan of Presidential Museums and my goal is to eventually travel to see them all.  Bush's is a must see for me.  So, I'm planning on taking a long weekend trip and going out to see it sometime this summer, can't wait!!

I got to see Ronald Reagan's and Richard Nixon's last summer when I took my daughter to college in California.  I wasn't blogging at the time, so I may have to do posts on them sometime this year.

Gerald Ford Presidential Museum 
Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Museum
Abraham Lincoln