The Marble Room: How I Lost God and Found Myself in Africa

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  • ISBN-13: 9781590564066
  • Publisher: Lantern Books NY
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,048,294
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Non-fiction is not my first choice in recreational reading,

    Non-fiction is not my first choice in recreational reading, but the fact that Bill Hatcher is an acquaintance and lives in the same tiny town as I do, caused me to make an exception. I am very glad I did.
    "The Marble Room" grabbed my attention from the start, as the story begins with a literal cliff-hanger. The questions Bill then raises about his Christian faith, were ones to which I could closely relate. After earning my BA in Anthropology in the `70s, I questioned my own religious beliefs.
    The story follows Bill's life as a volunteer geography teacher for the United States Peace Corps in Africa, and his mountain-climbing adventures between semesters.
    There are several subplots, so the story stays interesting and continually moves forward. I consider it a page-turner; I kept wanting to find out what happened next. There is adventure, mountaineering, history, travel, spirituality and even romance.
    When Bill delved into spiritual themes and used geographical/mountain-climbing terms, he lost me on several occasions. I'm glad I bought the Kindle version of the book, because it made it easy to look up the definitions of words.
    Much to my delight and surprise, "The Marble Room" reads like a novel. The author has an undeniable command of the written word. He is a talented storyteller. He taught me about Africa before I even realized I was learning the geography, politics and biology of the continent
    I highly recommend this book for the adventurer; for anyone interested in African culture and history; and for anyone wanting to know about different religions.

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