This Christmas break, I decided that I was going to spend my free time doing something meaningful. So, I checked out My Promised Land by Ari Shavit.
I get pretty tired of always seeing headlines in the news concerning global issues, such as the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. I feel guilty because I’m 18 now, a VOTER, and I don’t know much about the global issues that affect our country’s foreign policy. Reading My Promised Land helped me take an important step towards opening my eyes and becoming an informed citizen.
I would recommend this book only to someone who is very VERY dedicated, for several reasons.
All in all, I really enjoyed my time reading this book. A comparison can be made between my feelings after a good run and my feelings after reading about 40 pages of this book. In both instances, I feel extremely productive. Becoming more informed about the underlying reasons behind issues facing our world today made me feel very good about myself.
I mentioned earlier that this book reads somewhat like a history book. This is true, in the sense that it is full of information and has important dates to remember. Yet, Shavit guides readers the history of Zionism in a way that keeps them entertained. I truly admire Shavit because he clearly put countless hours into seeking out people, interviewing them, and using their stories to add life to his history of the Zionist movement.
In this post, I am not just trying to recommend My Promised Land; I am wishing to encourage my readers to immerse themselves in an eye-opening book. Pick an issue that interests you and visit your local library. Even if you do not even finish the book you check out (I still have about 100 pages to go in My Promised Land), you will still learn something that will open your eyes to something you knew little about before. You might be humbled. You might look at someone, or a whole group of people, in a new way. You might develop questions to google for further research. You might have more enlightening commentary to add to conversations. But I do know this: you will definitely be glad you did something to inform yourself about global issues and to broaden your span of thinking on to something way outside yourself.