Book Review: Wandering Educators

WanderingEducatorsToday Dr. Jessie Voigts at Wandering Educators published a review of The Weight of Silence. It is an extremely thoughtful, insightful review and I thank her. Below is an excerpt of the review – click here to read it in full.

You might also like to check out the recent Austin American-Statesman newspaper review and feature of the book, by Books Editor Jeff Salamon.

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Last month, we interviewed Shelley Seale, author of the book The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India.  I have to be honest – this book is very difficult to put down. It is extremely well-written, and even though aspects of the story are difficult (children living in poverty, orphans, child labor, AIDS, etc.), Shelley writes so compellingly of the possibilities of change that I was filled with hope instead of despair. This is because of the way that Shelley presents her life-changing work in India, with the Miracle Foundation – as that of hope, joy, hard work, and best of all, the children that are the future of India.

The Weight of Silence is not only a story of a personal journey but the also journey of hundreds, thousands of street children – some of whom are lucky enough to be taken in by organizations and people that care. That these children have an opportunity for the future – and also to be kids again – is a miracle wrought by countless people who care and strive to change their world. In this book, we learn of precious children, and each one becomes important to us. We also learn of the dedicated people who care for these children, giving up wealth or a comfortable home to truly change the lives of so many. After you read the book, each photo will resonate with you – the smiling faces have meaning and context and joy.

In The Weight of Silence, Shelley shares disheartening statistics about child labor, child trafficking, AIDS and its impact on families (and India), lost kids, and more. Yet, interspersed within is a great story of hope, a slice of hard work and courage and the amazing resilience of children to adapt and find joy in the smallest of things.  I laughed and cried when I read The Weight of Silence…and re-read it right after I finished. Somehow, these kids and their smiles work their way into your heart, and lead you to believing that despite the terrible circumstances of their lives, their extraordinary selves can shine through and make a path to a good life. It doesn’t always happen – there are too many kids, too many people willing to take advantage of them – for each story to end happily. Yet, there is enough hope in the kids and the people who believe in them that some WILL succeed – and will change the world. We care about these kids, deeply.

Thank you, Shelley, for writing such a powerful book that has touched the lives of so many, many people.

Click here to go to the Wandering Educators review!

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

Posted on July 28, 2009, in India, inspiration, interview, journalism, literary, media, nonfiction, reviews, shelley seale and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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