Little Princes: Living the Book

On a beautiful end-of-summer evening, overlooking the vinyards of Sweet Cheeks Winery, our book club met. We ate, sipped, and discussed Little Princes, by Conor Grennan.

Sweet!

Well, sort of sweet, and sort of sob…

If you are not familiar with this book, it’s one man’s story about his at-first-unwilling encounter with “orphan” children.  It’s about an arrogant regime, a rebel takeover, and the horrors of war.  It’s about hapless victims and those who prey on them.  It’s about human trafficking.  It’s about the value of a single small life.

No, no.  This book has nothing to do with Syria, except in a universal sense. It’s about Nepal and the 10-year civil war there that finally ended in 2007.  It’s a sweet, sometimes funny account of Grennan’s quest to care for child victims and reunite them with their families.  (Please don’t think Three Cups of Tea here.  Some similarities, but this book is true!)

We gave the book a good overall rating—close to 8 out of 10 as I recall.  (We have a strong contingent of book editors in our group, so the scoring can be tough.)

Little Princes is a good book, but a hard read at times.  Especially for me.  As it turned out, it was unexpectedly personal.  I was in Nepal at the same time Conor Grennan was there.  In much the same area, in fact.  I traveled with five others, traversing mountain roads, steep and winding and narrow, all of us packed into a tight fitting jeep.  It was a bomb in the making.  That’s because our vehicle had two huge containers of gasoline strapped to the back.  Who knew when or if we could get more fuel from the Maoist rebels that held petrol stations captive.  We, too, were detained in scorching heat.  We, too, wondered what would happen to us.  (We were only held for one day, though, after which we were ushered out at gun point.)  Like Conor Grennan, I witnessed first-hand the horrors of human trafficking.  I, too, heard the tragic stories of children sold and kidnapped and used in awful ways.  It was almost too sad to bear.

What can be more amazing than opening a book and finding that, although the author doesn’t know I exist, it is about me?

Sweet!

Sob.

“I laughed and cried at the same time, all the while wondering what stops me from following a passion.”

~Reader’s comment on Amazon~

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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4 Responses to Little Princes: Living the Book

  1. Jean Stewart says:

    what a beautiful and meaningful blog, Kay. You are amazing and your heart is so big. Thank you for this eye-opener. God continue to be with you and sweet Dan.

  2. kaystrom says:

    And with you, my dear. I miss you!

  3. Alice W. says:

    I love your blogs Kay, no matter the title or content. Keep up the good work.

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