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5.0 out of 5 stars
Hope - Jude Currivan, 11 July 2011
Do you watch the news and wonder what is happening to our world, and whether there is hope for the future? If so, this book is for you, as it offers answers to those questions - and a lot more.
And it is great - at last - to find a woman writing about global issues in a clear and interesting way.
Crammed with facts and information, yet easy to read, Jude Currivan looks at key countries around the world, from America to China, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With a chapter devoted to each country, she explains how each country's ancient heritage and history has created their 'wound' and how that schism is being played out now, and what needs to be healed for the way forward. Fascinating stuff!
Jude Currivan has built a picture of each country by amassing, distilling and weaving together an enormous range of research from scholars, archeologists, climatologists, scientists and historians. If you think that sounds too high-brow or boring, you will be surprised! It is informative and up-to-date, and even includes insights into the latest earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, showing how this 'tragedy' has created a much-needed shift in their culture.
It also looks at the economic collapse and - for me - I found that this was the first time I truly grasped how and why this had happened.
The result is an exciting and creditable read, which not only opened my mind to the bigger picture, but explained how we can help to heal these wounds and begin to create the peace we dream of. Yes, much work needs to be done at a governmental level, but we are not powerless, and can make a difference. That is the underlying message - one of Hope.
I am sure many readers, like me, will be referring to this book again and again in the months and years to come. In fact, it will, I am sure, become a 'classic'.