And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran is a brilliant spiritual book that should be read by all. It is the type of book that not only teaches us about a part of our world history, but shows us how standing up to do the right thing, even with immense struggles of your own, can be done – and in a tremendously positive way.
“When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.” – And There Was Light
And There Was Light is an autobiography that is captivating. It will keep you reading long into the night, and make you want to stay up even later to finish it. As far as autobiographies go, this is one of the best, if not the best that I have read.
Jacques Lusseyran was an exceptional author and showed true courage and humanitarianism in his life. Could you imagine being blind during World War II? How about being blind, leading a resistance, being captured and incarcerated by the Nazi’s, and live to tell about it? Such an inspiring person!
This book shows that even in challenges, and struggles that life throws at us all, we can be more positive about it and truly change the situation for the better. This is truly a classic that should be read and cherished for generations to come. I highly recommend it!
* Thank you to the publisher of And There Was Light, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.