March 14, 2013
Strategic Read II
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place Book Report
“The gift of being alone, I can never get enough.” In Genesis 2:18 the lord god said “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Looking through God’s eyes there are specific gifts of being alone. Aloneness is a rare gift but some people are afraid of being alone. If gods says being alone is a gift then how come people are afraid of being alone?
Fear of being alone is predominantly also seen in individuals who have been focused. So the need for company, even in public spaces which are relatively crowded is constantly felt. Monophobia, or the fear of being alone, is a catch-all term for several discrete fears. Some people are afraid of being apart from a particular person. Some fear living alone or being in public alone. Still others are afraid of being alone at home. Nervousness while alone is surprisingly common, but a full-blown phobia is relatively rare.
I chose this book because of the title and the cover. Refuge is a place of shelter, protection, or safety. The cover caught my attention with the unpeopled natural scene of a bird flying over the river with clouds. When first choosing this book I thought I would really like it because of the whole message it was sending through the cover.
In Refuge there is one element I found and it was, Irony. The irony of this book is that these people all live in the western part of the country, Utah, where there was much nuclear testing during the 1950s and beyond. Williams, a Mormon with clear lineage to the beginnings of the movement, presents the evidence that these research projects are the cause of the cancers in her family. She also chronicles her concerns over the lack of environmental respect that is given to the Great Salt Lake and the surrounding region. Part of her refuge is spending time in...
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