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Strength to Endure: Historical Novel Strength to Endure: Historical Novel by Tristi Pinkston

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read all three of Tristi Pinkston’s historical fiction books this week. What else is a leader supposed to do at Scout Camp while the boys are in merit badge classes for 6 hours per day?

This book was fantastic. I have placed it in my “All Time Favorites” book shelf.

Although I liked all three of Tristi’s books a great deal, this one, in my opinion is the best, and also my favorite of the three.

The book did not feel like fiction. I have read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”, and “The Long Walk” by Slavomir Rawicz (Russian labor camp escape story), and these two non-fiction books have nothing up on Tristi’s book. Tristi’s book has a stronger, more hopeful message to it. I would recommend the book to any of my LDS friends, and even my non-LDS friends, although they are going to come away from the reading wanting to know more about what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches about Family.

If you haven’t read the book, move this one to the top of your reading list!

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to have one of the big surprises in the story spoiled for you, it would be wise to stop reading this review now.

This story is also a strange one, in that there are many characters, and each of their stories are told very well. It is a rare book where the main character ends up dying just 2/3 of the way through the story . . . Or at least I considered her the main character. Perhaps she was not . . . Perhaps the main character is really the “eternal family” portrayed here. At any rate, I read the book almost straight through and loved every minute of it. Grab a box of tissues, though. I am grateful I was able to find some semblance of privacy at Scout Camp while I read it.

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