Book review: A Song in the Night by Bob Massie

This memoir from Bob Massie is powerful, moving, and told without sentimentality. He has lived a remarkable life, and much of it—both his life in the world and his internal life—is recorded here. In his five decades he has done remarkable things, including working for the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Massie is concerned about justice. He has degrees in history, business and divinity. Justice and economics are intimately connected to his faith. So frequently, we separate the two. Working through this separation in my own life slowed down my reading of this book, but I am grateful for the perspective I’ve gained from reading it. Now I have to go put that into action.

Sam had the opportunity to hear Mr. Massie speak at a medical conference, and though Massie’s story has medical aspects to it, the primary narrative is one of hope. Of the power of the individual. Of persistence.

I don’t want to spoil any of it for you, because it’s worth the read.


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