Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Beloved - book review
Beloved is the story of Sethe, a former runaway slave who now lives in a two-story house with her daughter Denver. Shortly after Sethe escaped slavery and moved into the house with her mother-in-law and four small children, her former master came searching for her. To avoid her children being taken back to the cruelty she experienced, she attempts to kill them, succeeding once as she slits the throat of her little girl. The former owner does not take her or the other children back as he can see that she is now crazed and the children maimed or dead. The remainder of the story in essence is about how the dead baby haunts the house for many years and eventually returns to the house as a young woman.
I have mixed feelings about this book. This was definitely a thought-provoking and intense novel. On one hand, it is a well-written story that reveals tales of the past a little at a time so the reader can see the atrocities experienced by the slaves and possibly understand their current actions. The suspense alone was enough to keep me reading. On the other hand, it contains many scenes of baseness and vulgarity (rapes, beatings, sex, murders), a house haunted by a destructive ghost, and mental instability so severe that even I'm still not sure if the young woman was the resurrected baby or a figment of the characters' imaginations!
Have you read this book? Please share your thoughts in the comments.