25/08/2009

Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime (by Janet and Geoff Benge)

This book is an inspiring biography of Gladys Aylward, a young housemaid who felt called to missionary service in China in the early part of the 20th century. The film 'Inn of the Sixth Happiness' was based on her life, and I'd seen that but never read a more accurate account of how she got to China, and what she did.
Written for younger teenagers, this is a good book with an inspiring account of a very courageous and resourceful young woman. Little seemed to daunt her, yet she remained humble and always cared for individuals, particularly children.

It's a relatively easy read - I didn't read it at one sitting, but could probably have done so.  Nevertheless it's well-enough written that I didn't find it too simple or childish. Some events are covered that aren't in the film, and while there's no detailed blood or gore, there are some unpleasant events mentioned, including atrocities during the war against Japan.

I enjoyed it more than I expected to, having borrowed it from a friend. Recommended.

Review copyright Sue's Book Reviews, 25th August 2009

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