Under the Bright Wings and Kingfisherâ€™s Fire
I am reviewing two books in this post. The first book I read, called Under the Bright Wings by Peter Harris, was about the formation of A Rocha. A Rocha is a Christian organization that works towards protecting the environment in many different places around the world. They set up community buildings/homes open to everyone to come and take care of the environment in that particular area and talk about Godâ€™s good creation. This particular book was written like a well versed journal explaining all the events and happenings of Peter, his family and newly met friends of A Rocha in their efforts to build a bird observatory in Portugal. He does a very good job of describing visual imagery and keeps the reader entertained so that you feel like you are part of his story. At times I felt there was lots of information that was not necessary-like when he would describe the terrible weather patterns in Portugal or how their car broke down and he explained every little detail about how they took the minimal local transportation to get around buying another one. But, it made for an eventful story which did have many ups and downs. I thought it was inspiring to hear about how they overcame their shortcomings. For example, they did not have enough money to put a down payment on a building by the deadline that was fast approaching. They called home and prayed that the churches would be able to scrounge up enough money for them to buy a small, worn down community building where they could practice bird conservation as well as speak the Christian Word of hope. It was not looking good and they had no idea how they were going to get the money, but they prayed anyway and told the realtor they would have the money by deadline. Miraculously, the money was made available and they were able to get the building that was necessary for A Rochaâ€™s sustainability. There were plenty of miraculous, faith-strengthening events that were explained in this book and I found it very exciting to read.
The second book was also by Peter Harris called Kingfisherâ€™s Fire. This one finished up the story of their stay in Portugal and went on to explain the many other A Rocha centers they ended up spearheading. I found this book a little more interesting because Peter had lots of opinions on environmental issues around the world. It is a book of hope that many Christians may find strengthens their belief in God and his ability to help in times of need. We are put on this earth to protect the land and through bird conservation and other conscious organizations we are slowly doing our job while recruiting other followers. This book was also an easy read similar to the first one and out of the two â€“ I thought this one was more interesting. But, you need the background of the struggles of A Rocha in Under the Bright Wings to appreciate Kingfisherâ€™s fire.
This post was authored by Kerri Letwin, a fourth year Biology student at The King’s University College.