Book Review: Jesus Land
This book is the true story of how the author, Julia Scheeres was raised with her adopted brothers in the 70’s and 80’s. I’m going to quote from her website, since she’s much more articulate than I am:
“Jesus Land is about my close relationship with my adopted brother David. It covers our Calvinist upbringing in Indiana and our stint at a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic as teens.
David, an African American, was adopted by my family in 1970, when he was 3. We were the same age.
The book begins with our move to rural Indiana and our transition from a tiny Christian school to a large, public school where David and my other adopted black brother were the only minority students. It ends with David and me on a beach in the Dominican Republic. It’s a pretty wild ride between these two events.
The central theme of Jesus Land is how race and religion tested our relationship. It’s a book about a couple of misfit kids learning to survive in a hostile environment, and the transcendence of sibling love.”
They end up in a crazy reform school in the Dominican Republic.
*SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT*
This book does not have happy ending. I kept fighting through all the sad, bizarre, and tragic things that happened to them, hoping it would all turn out great. If you don’t like sad books, do NOT pick this one up. It’s very well written, but it’s tough to read.
*SPOILER END – YOU CAN READ FROM HERE DOWN, SAFELY*
So on the Clever Chick scale, it gets a “It was good, and I’ll probably never forget it, but I’m selling it”. This makes 14 books read for the year. My average is almost 1 a week! Frankenstein really slowed me down, though. I’m reading a fairly good one right now, and I’ve managed to clean several off my shelves with this process. It helps that I stopped buying more! I was cleaning out the guest room and found 6 or 7 more though…what can I say, it’s a vice I’m working on.