Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson, Faith ‘n’ Fiction Round Table

Word Lily review

Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson, August 3, 2010), 336 pages

May Seymour’s graduated from college, but she’s still adrift. So when she has a chance to go to Rwanda on a mission trip, she takes it. She’s there as the genocide begins.

I participated in a Faith ‘n’ Fiction round table discussion of this book.

The writing is mesmerizing. The characters are beautifully drawn, so very human.

I quite enjoyed the journalism and photography aspects of the story. I found the rural Kentucky setting endearing.

It was an angle on the Rwandan genocide that I hadn’t experienced before, and I quite appreciated it (as I have other representations). It doesn’t, by any means, replace the need for Hotel Rwanda and the like, but it does provide a different aspect of the story. I think this story is a bit more accessible than some others, because it doesn’t begin and end in the genocide.

The healing, forgiveness, growth and resurrection themes were profound, gorgeous.

Really a great book. Awesome. All the praise I’ve heard for Lisa Samson is warranted, based on this book. I’m glad I finally read one of her books; this will definitely not be my last Samson read.

About the author
Lisa Samson lives in Kentucky.

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10 responses to “Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson, Faith ‘n’ Fiction Round Table

  1. I would like to read Resurrection in May. I have put off reading a book about the Rwandan crisis. I’m ready now to read one. I think.

  2. I just read Amy’s review of this book and what she said interested me… over here I see where you mention the Rwandan genocide which is also a topic I am interested in…. consider me sold on this one.

  3. I’ve read a few great reviews of this. It looks like a beautiful book. The only experience I have with Rwanda, outside of cold hard facts, is Hotel Rwanda so this might be a nice (nice?) departure…

  4. Wonderful review. I have not read anything by Lisa Samson but I will have to add this to my to-read list. Sounds like a very touching and thought provoking book. By the way, I love the name of your blog too! 🙂

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