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  • Title: And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran: Blind Hero of the French Resistance
  • Author: Jacques Lusseyran Elizabeth R. Cameron
  • ISBN: 9780930407407
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected as one of USA Today s 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century, this astonishing autobiography tells the gripping, heroic story of the early life of Jacques Lusseyran, an inspiring individual who overcame the limitations of physical blindness by attending literally to the light within his own mind Through faith in the connection between vivid inner sight andSelected as one of USA Today s 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century, this astonishing autobiography tells the gripping, heroic story of the early life of Jacques Lusseyran, an inspiring individual who overcame the limitations of physical blindness by attending literally to the light within his own mind Through faith in the connection between vivid inner sight and outer events, he became a leader in the French Resistance and survived the horrors at Buchenwald.
    And There Was Light Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran Blind Hero of the French Resistance Selected as one of USA Today s Best Spiritual Books of the Century this astonishing autobiography tells the gripping heroic story of the early life of Jacques Lusseyran an inspiring individual

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    1. This book is one of the most touching and heart wrenching I have ever read It is also one of the most inspiring and uplifting books I have ever read I realize how ambiguous those sentences are next to each other, yet they also fully describe the life of Jacques Lusseyran His life and how he lived it is nothing if not an enigma a beautiful mystery that he says comes down to two truths One is that joy isn t outside ourselves, but is to be found within and the other, that the light that is the esse [...]

    2. Amazing book by an amazing man Jacques Lusseyran went blind as a young boy after a seemingly innocuous accident at school I ve never before read the memoir of a blind person and his account of how he adapted to his new world and what it entailed was a deeply fascinating education Even had the Nazis not arrived in Paris where he lived this would have been a compelling memoir But the fact he then forms one of the first resistance movements cranks up the tension tenfold The mind boggles at what he [...]

    3. An astonishing book I was so moved by this man s life that I researched until I found someone who knew him to ask what it was like to be around him I was told that when one met Jacques Lusseyran they felt they were being fully seenr the first timeybe the only time in their life.

    4. One of the best books I ve ever read.9 22 17 Update, many years after reading this book.It suddenly seems to me time to remind people about this extraordinary autobiography of an extraordinary man, Jacques Lusseyran, who became a hero of the French Resistance during WWII He was completely blind from a childhood accident, yet he could see You will have to read the book to get of an explanation for that And by the way, I literally mean see form and light.I first met Lusseyran long after his death [...]

    5. I was deeply affected by And There Was Light, the astonishing autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, who, though blinded at age eight, was a leader of the French Resistance in World War II.A turning point in Lusseyran s life was his miraculous return from the dead in Buchenwald, a notorious German concentration camp It was his sickness that rescued him and bestowed the grace of continuous joy His experience is so profound that it is difficult to fully appreciate the transformation he underwent from [...]

    6. This is a difficult book to classify as being of any one genre as it really covers many, but how one would rate it would depend in part on what one was expecting at the outset.It took me just over two weeks to finish reading it which is an unusually lengthy time for me The author was blinded in an accident at the age of 8 and most of the first 40% of the book is his memoir of how he lived and flourished through that experience and his early teen years As a person who has my own struggles with vi [...]

    7. I found it difficult to believe at first that this man was a leader in the Resistance during WWII as a teenager a blind teenager After getting to know him by reading his autobiography, however, I can readily see how he accomplished this and Some people, by virtue of their character inborn traits, are natural leaders Jacquess Lusseyran was obviously a born leader.There is much to learn about hope, life, strength, survival, courage, and humanity from this book and I am definetly a richer person f [...]

    8. I decided to give this book a 5 star because of the wow factor his life was, rather than because it is a page turner or exceptionally well written It took me almost 2 weeks to readunheard of for me However, to appreciate what he is trying to get across to you, you have to take it slow and soak it up The beginning of the book is the hardest slowest to get through as he talks about adjusting and living with no sight , a truly foreign thought for us One that even the best imagination would have a h [...]

    9. All the concentration camp stories are horrific and so is the one of Jacques L But this book is also about his blindness and how he experienced it He called himself a visual blind, he had an inner way of seeing It reminded me of a documentary in which blind children could describe the drawing that was put into their hands I m sure they had the same ability JL had How sad that he survived Buchenwald but died in a car crash when he was 46 It was an interesting read.

    10. What does it really mean to see This book lets you know It helps you better understand those spiritual feelings which direct us much better What an inspiring man

    11. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.Almost every reviewer I know has something they love reading about and I am no exception Historic fiction, steampunk, alternative history, nonfiction it doesn t matter If it relates to WWII, I m there Hence my interest in Jacques Lusseyran s And There Was Light The book itself is a memoir, but a memoir of the man, not his time with the French Resistance Personally, I felt Lusseyran s war effort represented the weakest aspect of the text as his [...]

    12. This is one of those books that has the potential to be life changing Not only is Lusseyran just a small boy when he forms and leads one of the greatest underground resistance movements in France during WWII, he is blind It is because of his blindness that he is so successful, he knows how to read people, to sense them and their intentions He can see the light they give off, or radiate and it speaks to their character and their soul Fascinating book about the beauty of childhood and unfortunatel [...]

    13. I hate it when I start a book and don t finish it but I just couldn t get into this one It s an amazing story about a blind Frenchman during WWII My problem is his style of writing He describes every teeny tiny detail in a way that doesn t make any sense to me I want to read his story, but I wish it was written by someone else.

    14. In his epilogue the author shares his purpose in writing this memoir to show, if only in part, what these years held of life, light and joy by the grace of God Following are some passages I noted, either for their impact or for purposes of better understanding terms and vocabulary I should explain that at the age of eight the author was blinded in an accident, and found that still he could sense light, both inside him and outside him The following notes describe how and when he lost that guiding [...]

    15. What an amazing book This is every bit as inspiring and significant as Viktor Frankl s book, Man s Search for Meaning I truly believe in the force of light as described in this book I have felt the present of objects around me as the author describes I do know that joy come from searching for the light which then becomes you or which as he states is already a part of you I know that there is light within you that recognizes the light of others I have felt it It is the basis of the power of disce [...]

    16. I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.This the story of Jacques Lusseyran who became blind in a school accident when he was eight year old.With the advent of World War II, he founded with 52 other boys a Resistance group called Volunteers of Liberty He was by then seventeen year old.Due to his blindness, he was in charge of the recruitment of new volunteers to this group This group grew up and was named later on as Defense de l [...]

    17. I thought this book was about Jacques A blind man who fought in the resistance during WW2 No This book was about Jacques A man who went blind when he was 8 years old but saw color rainbows and people everywhere he went Nothing phased him He knew everything instinctively Everyone loved him Everyone trusted him Everyone always wanted him around He was in charge of everything He never lost hope or joy Now, all of that is good except that I don t believe that a person could go through the Holocaust [...]

    18. What I loved most about this book was Jacques s powerful testimony of God through his whole life He was always grateful respectful of God s influence in his life Next, I loved getting the perspective from an occupied country during WWII It was good to understand what life was like for those countries taken over by Germany Hitler s reign.Additionally, Lusseyran gave such a vivid account of blindness that you almost want the opportunity to be blind to experience life with the intimacy he was able [...]

    19. A fascinating autobiography The author was in an accident at school that left him blind shortly before his eighth birthday In many ways he was able to see once he was blind than before, provided he was free from feelings of fear or selfishness Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ Moroni 7 19 describes [...]

    20. This one was a tough one to rate I m teetering between two and three stars The author was obviously very brilliant, it is well written, and his experience was, like other Holocaust survivors, nothing short of amazing The fact that he was blind only adds to that The last 80 pages of the book were definitely the best On the whole he was way too philosophical for my liking I kept thinking that he should just get on with the story Still, I am glad I read it, and I greatly admire those who were brave [...]

    21. I won this in a firstreads giveaway, I know I m supposed to make that clear I think this definitely builds and gets better as it goes along It started out kind of choppy, with lots of short, short sentences, so there wasn t much flow, but get through that and it s really good I know I don t summarize a lot in my reviews, but I think the book description can do that part and I ll just say what I think about it.

    22. Very touching Amazing story of a selfless man in a concentration camp and blind at that The light is within each of us, our happiness comes from giving of ourselves.

    23. There are no adequate words for how good this book is Inspiring, magical, memorable, they all fall short Lusseyran was not a typical blind man and what he has to say about blindness an accident blinded him at age seven will burst all the categories through which you have viewed that condition A blind man directing a Resistance group of hundreds, eventually Yes How Read it.To be blind, at bottom, is to see Yes, it s a paradox But I believe him, because of the way his life bears this out His way [...]

    24. Via NetGallery Wow Amazing I picked up this book as a WWII memoir I didn t know it was voted one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books Ever I can see why In this story of his early life Lusseyran speaks of being infused with amazing light Both the light of life and love, and the Light that comes from within This story which covers his early life tells the story of how he was blinded, his impressive education, and his resistance against the Nazis and his survival a blindman in the concentration camp of [...]

    25. This book did take me awhile to get through, but really any non fiction book takes a little effort for me Overall, it was a wonderful book I loved the way he describes how he is able to see despite being blind I also loved learning about the French occupation during WWII and his involvement in the Resistance But my favorite things in the book were his insights to life in general, it was really inspirational A few quotes I enjoyed God is neither a German nor a Russian nor a Frenchman God is lif [...]

    26. Jacques Lusseyran was an amazing man In this fascinating if overly detailed and rather too introspective autobiography, he describes how in spite of having lost his sight in an accident when he was eight years old, he went on to form a resistance group with school friends in Nazi occupied France, was betrayed and ended up in Buchenwald, and almost unbelievably survived to tell the tale If ever there was an inspirational story exemplifying the triumph over adversity then this must be it It s a st [...]

    27. A fascinating reminder of what we are capable of if we look for the possibilities that exist all around us Lusseyran managed to create such a rich life for himself and must have been a truly commanding presence, since all of his friends assumed he would take the lead in everything they did, although he was blind His description of people and places is so complete it is hard to realize that he never actually saw them I was particularly fascinated by his brief discussion of character as revealed b [...]

    28. This is a fascinating account of one of the leaders of the resistance during the Nazi invasion of France What makes this account interesting is that he is a blind man His writing is beautiful and by the end of the book you feel like you re really in his head This book gave me a true sense of what it would be like to be blind The middle of the book is a little slow detail than is necessary And it feels a little anti climatic because you ve read most of the book before he actually gets captured by [...]

    29. If there was a 3 1 2 star rating, this book would have gotten it I don t like to water down my ratings by easily handing out 4 and 5 star ratings, so I had to choose a 3 This really was a very interesting book and I absolutely LOVE reading about ordinary people who became heros especially during WWII But, I felt the author could have struck a better balance between describing his incredible experiences and sharing his thoughts and feelings I felt that some of his detailed decriptions interfered [...]

    30. Jacques Lusseyran is an amazing guy but I guess I expected something different from this, of a history memoir It is a first person account but it s of reflection piece with narrative than a chronicle The first third is about how he learned to live with being blind and the heightened senses other than sight and spiritual sense that it gave him It was a very interesting look at how a blind person adapts he wasn t born blind and sees the world And I m amazed that he managed to survive Buchenwald [...]

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