Tuesday, April 2, 2013

#AtoZChallenge Nonna Bannister

I was going to go in a different direction for today's B post, but then an intriguing book came across my feed from Inspiring Reads. That is the part of Pixel of Ink that shares Christian freebies and bargains every day. One particular book caught my eye. Lo and behold, the person's name begins with a B. Nonna Bannister kept diaries during the Holocaust, and shared them to demonstrate how her life was changed by the concentration camps. Yes, the Holocaust is depressing, but there are often many stories that have come out of it that can be inspirational and teach so much.

I love reading about it and hearing stories from this time. My brief tangent is how much I loved reading and rereading The Diary of Anne Frank from childhood on. I have even read other books about her, as well as expanded versions of the diary. I was lucky in college to meet and listen to a presentation by her childhood best friend Hannah. That experience has caused me to read others' stories, as well.

This book is FREE today (April 2nd) on Amazon. I don't know for how long it will stay free. I have it downloaded and will eventually get to it. What are some of your recommended Holocaust readings?

Book blurb from Amazon:

Nonna Bannister carried a secret almost to her Tennessee grave: the diaries she kept as a young girl experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust while learning compassion and love for her fellow human beings. Nonna's writings tell the remarkable tale of how a Russian girl, born into a family that had known wealth and privileges, was exposed to the concentration camps and learned the value of human life and the importance of forgiveness.

Download it here.


  1. I find that the trials of life will always come and it's what people do with them that makes the difference. For me God changed everything and that's what led me to write my memoir, Under the Staircase: Hearing God's Voice in the Darkness.

  2. I can't imagine what life was like back then during that time. I wonder why she is not as popular as Anne Frank?

  3. I do try to avoid Holocaust stuff nowadays, but it's always different to read non-fiction accounts.