Rad cover, right? I haven’t finished reading this book yet but I decided to post this review nonetheless.
She Wore Red Trainers is a Muslim book by award-winning author, Naima B. Roberts. It tells the story of two teenagers, Ali and Amirah. Ali has just lost his mum and moved to a new place. He meets Amirah and notices everything about her, down to her red trainers. He is still struggling with his faith, the loss of his mum and keeping his family together. Amirah also has family issues of her own. Burdened with a mother who always seems to pick the wrong men and younger siblings she has to take care of, life isn’t exactly rosy and she has vowed never to get married. Suddenly she meets Ali and they cannot stop thinking about each other.
This is a wonderful story about young love and romance. Falling in love as a teenager can be quite confusing and for Muslims, certain borders must not be crossed. Ali and Amirah struggle with their tumultuous lives and with their thoughts of each other and only hope that things can turn out for the best in the end. This is a beautiful read for teenagers and adults.
‘She Wore Red Trainers’ is published by Kube Publishing
You can get a free read here.
The book of this week is “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris.
Let me just start by saying that I love this book a whole lot! It came at a point in my life when I had an entirely different outlook on dating and I was amazed to find that someone felt the exact same way…and actually wrote a book about it! Now before you all go rolling eyes at me, I am not saying y’all should stop relating with the opposite sex and all. All I am saying is for us to remove selfishness when delving into any relationship, and I mean any one at all. You know, quit the pretense and just be yourself.
This book is about viewing love and singleness from God’s perspective, not ours. It is about remembering our service to God in all relationships, romantic or not. It is just not about ‘not dating’. It’s about reevaluating your whole life, your whole approach to relationships and making sure that you are not pursuing it for selfish reasons.
Plus, with the kind of relationships we have these days, we tend to put ourselves in compromising situations that only end up in disaster. The Prophet of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No man is alone with a woman but the Shaytaan is the third one present.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1171).
Harris believes that dating has become too inwardly focused. He feels that people date to find “their” mate according to their own principles, rules, and desires. In doing so, he argues, people put up a façade in an attempt to appear to be what the other person wants, and this hampers the “getting to know you” part of dating.
I totally agree with the author on that note and I believe that we bring that attitude most of the time when we attempt dating. Maybe not on purpose sometimes. But we do. I do not intend to cross any moral barriers or tell you what to do or not do. But I personally believe that anyone can gain something from this book, irrespective of belief. The author just wants us to understand real and sincere love the way God intends for us and I totally agree.
I really hope you read this book and share it. Have a lovely weekend lavs!
P.S: The Genre of this book is Christian. Just a heads-up for any non-christian. But like I said, it is a very enlightening book, irrespective of your belief.
Bonjour Lavs! I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Today’s book of the week is Measuring Time by Helon Habila. This is a story about twin brothers, LaMamo and Mamo, the lives of the people surrounded them and the events that shaped their lives.
Mamo inherits sickle cell anaemia from his mother, who died at childbirth without knowing that she actually had two children. LaMamo, the other twin, who seems stronger and more confident, is however more irrational and less cool-headed than his sickly brother. They seem like two sides of a coin, bearing different sides but still the same. They also happen to share an immense hatred for their father which unites them even more, asides from their search for fame and glory.
The protagonist, however, turns out to be Mamo who turns out to be a history teacher and biographer.
This is just not fiction but it is also a story about African history and tradition, about how a lot of things have not actually changed much.
I have not finished reading this yet (and I do not want to be a spoiler) but it is a really good read that you would not regret. I do hope you check it out.