Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

I love to read and when I take the time to enjoy a book I always wonder why I don't read more often. I just finished reading Sue Monk Kidd's, The Secret Life of Bees. I'd been wanting to read it for some time now and was intrigued by the title more than anything. But with the movie adaptation coming out very soon, I wanted to be sure and read it before I saw the movie. What a wonderful book! I enjoyed it so much and could picture the actresses in their roles as I read. So much so that I almost don't feel like I have to see the movie now-it was that good!

If you haven't read, The Secret Life of Bees I encourage you to do so. It is a moving story of love, forgiveness and redemption set among the racial turmoil of 1964's South Carolina. The author weaves the story of the main character so vividly you can't wait to find out how things turn out for her. Lots of layers and depth to this story that celebrates the power of forgiveness and the strength of women.

Here are a few "secrets" I learned from the book:

Live a life of no regrets.

Sisterhood is a powerful thing.

Healing comes in time.

Forgiveness is more necessary for you than the other person.

Like women, bees are wonderfully complicated creatures.

One of the greatest gifts you can give is to allow someone to tell their story and validate it.

You are stronger than you think.

Love and family can be found where we least expect it.

Here's a little preview of the movie and a clip of Jennifer Hudson singing, You Can Make It If You Try.

*The Secret Life of Bees stars Dakota Fanning and features Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo. In theaters October 17th.


cindy said...

I had been intrigued with that book as well. Sounds good, I just may have to pick it up. And I saw that it was going to be a movie as well. Looks good, thanks for the tip.


Cindy Lammon said...

That has been one of my favorite books of all time. I'm glad you liked it and got so much out of it. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the movie to come out! Already planning a date with the girlfriends!

Mom said...

I can't remember that one so much but her other book, "The Mermaid's Chair," is a real tear jerker. You should read it next. It is also very good.
I can't wait to see the movie. Looks like another girls only outing.

trish said...

Ohhhhh, one of my favorites!