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Facing the Lion book. Read 83 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Simone Arnold is an ordinary French schoolgirl: spirited and stubbo. Facing the Lion book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at g. the book · Download the free study guide. "Facing The Lion" - Memoirs of a Facing the Lion is the autobiographical account of a young girl's faith and courage.
As unwavering Bibelforscher, the Arnold family was not immune to such horrors of the war machine. Shortly after Simone is extradited to a strict Nazi reform school, her mother and aunt are also deported to the Schirmeck and Gaggenau camps. Facing The Lion is full of heart-rending experiences as Simone recounts physical and mental abuse at the reform school by those who outwardly and secretly conspired to break her spirit. Yet, Simone maintains her strong faith amidst such persecution, and throughout maintains her spiritual and moral conviction.
Excerpts from personal letters, documents, photographs of family and detailed drawings by the author herself serve to personalize the events, making for a poignant vicarious experience.
Visit the Facing The Lion website View all 4 comments. This book told the story of a young girl who was a Jehovah Witness. After having her childhood taken from her Simone Maria was sent to live in a home for "dilinquent" children.
Simone Maria wasn't a diliquent though, she just stood strong and wouldn't betray her values. Even after four years of gruesome hard labor and back breaking tasks she wouldn't bend. This book taught me that if stand strong for what you b This book told the story of a young girl who was a Jehovah Witness. This book taught me that if stand strong for what you believe in nothing can tear you down and you'll make it to that "finish line". This book was one of the very best books I have ever read and I recommend that you should read this book.
Apr 09, Sarah rated it it was amazing. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses I started reading this book at first as nothing more than an interest in our history.
However, it wasn't long before I realised that no matter what if any faith you are of, this girls courage and faith is nothing short of inspiring. To be such a young age and to survive being ripped from the love of your family, be told "I remembered that is was a privilege to stand as a Witness of Jehovah. To be such a young age and to survive being ripped from the love of your family, be told time and again that your God is pointless and that everything you ever believed in is a lie, would be inspiring enough.
But Simone proved time and again to herself and then to others that what she believed was right and that the God she had such strong faith in was indeed a mighty tower for her to find strength in. And while I was reading about her faith I thought about the amazing job that her parents had done in raising her in the faith. How many parents can say that if they were to face the same test they know that their children would stand firm?
At many times I teared up iver what this child must have been feeling, and yet there are times when I also cheered at her strength of character. This may be the story of a Witness of Jehovah, yet it is a story for all walks of faith and life. I rank this above the Anne Frank diary - that's how awesome it is!
An often overlooked fact, Jehovah's Witnesses suffered great persecution at the hands of the Nazis due to their firm stand against Hitler. This book tells the poignant experiences of a young Jehovah's Witness who stayed true to her faith through many trials and hardships.
I highly recommend it to persons of all faiths, but especially so to Jehovah's Witnesses as it is an encouraging and faith strengthening read.
It was a great auto- biography of who a girl stud up for what she believed in even thought it would of cost her own life. Simone made you feel what she was feeling and kind of feel what she was going through. We may never go through such things but she makes you feel all the pain she went th The book Facing The Lion by Simone Arnold Liebster was one of my favorite books.
We may never go through such things but she makes you feel all the pain she went through. They never lied because there believes, so imagine how hard it was keeping away from the soldiers that would go to there house looking to take all there watchtowers, and bibles.
Her father was arrested because they caught him with a bible , he was prisoner.
Even though they never gave up on there believes. Which makes this book so inspirational for everyone. Later on Simone was separated from her mother also, and she had no one else left. She was later put in an all girls school , It was kind of like prison too. Simone faced really hard times, and per pressure but she always kept her faith strong. I actually meet a women who knew Simone and we had a video chat with her.
It was hard to understand her cause she mostly spoke all English we had a translator but she was so aspiring. I would definitely recommend every to read this book. Jun 24, Brandon Briscoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has inspired me ro strengthen my resolve to serve Jehovah more fully. If this young girl can do it amid the Nazi Lion, then I can do it. We were able to Skype the author who is a Holoaust survivor, amazing story!
Autobiography of a sister View all 5 comments. Jan 30, Jeanette rated it really liked it. I agree, every JW should read. Such courage. An example to follow!
This book is not the best book I've ever read, but I found it to be uplifting still. Arnold's story lets us know of the suffering that went on outside of the camps, and what other Nazi banned groups had to go through to survive.
I found little Simone to be brave and an intelligent young girl. Her determination to succeed is what kept the book This book is not the best book I've ever read, but I found it to be uplifting still. Her determination to succeed is what kept the book so interesting. Dec 23, Maureen rated it really liked it. After recently reading about the people in Concentration Camps with the "pink triangle" labels I was curious about other minority groups persucuted and sent to Concentration camps under the Nazi regime.
This book is about the 'purple triangle' people.. Jehovah's Witnesses. Specifically, this is the autobiography of Simone who is 11 and taken away from her parents and put into a 'reform' school where she is severly abused. She could have avoided going there in the first place if she had said 'heil After recently reading about the people in Concentration Camps with the "pink triangle" labels I was curious about other minority groups persucuted and sent to Concentration camps under the Nazi regime.
She could have avoided going there in the first place if she had said 'heil Hitler' at her school but she refused.
Both her parents were both put into concentration camps and she had little likeley hood of ever seeing them alive again. I especially liked the honesty and the way she expressed her feelings, even after meeting her parents again who were shells of themselves. Especially her father who was beaten so severly in auschwitz that he became deaf.
He was depressed and filled with anxiety and told of the horrible things the nazi's did to him in addition to being beaten up. They asked him to simply say he wouldn't be a Jehovah's witness again and they would let him out of the concentration camp but he refused.
So the Nazi's locked him in a room for 6 months with his arms in cases of Mosquitos all day trying to infect him with maleria. Although Simone never was in a camp, her 'reform school' was extremely abusive and I was able to learn a lot about what her parents and relatives went through, Simone ended up marrying a Jewish man who had survived a concentration camp.
Jul 23, Christopher J. This book was one of the few books that I would say "touched" me. The emotion with which Liebster conveys her experiences coupled with the control she has over the story makes for a true masterpiece. Liebster's memoir may not be the most traumatic of Holocaust survivor stories. Yet it is one of the most compelling. Torn from the arms of her mother and father, both of whom are shipped to concentration camps, Liebster is forced to attend a reform school to remove her dangerous religious conviction This book was one of the few books that I would say "touched" me.
Torn from the arms of her mother and father, both of whom are shipped to concentration camps, Liebster is forced to attend a reform school to remove her dangerous religious convictions.
The courage she portrays in maintaining her Jehovah's Witness faith is nothing short of amazing. One thing I enjoyed about this memoir is that it can be appreciated by both Witnesses and non-Witnesses. As a Jehovah's Witness I found the book faith strengthening and in some odd ways relatable.
Non-Witness readers should still read the book. They will be impressed with Liebsters intrepidity and integrity. She faced "the Lion"-- the Jehovah's Witness code name for Nazi forces-- at the age of twelve years old with more integrity than most adults of that era.
FACING THE LION: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
It is nothing short of a fantastic read. Oct 15, Asha Greye rated it it was amazing. When I first picked up this book, during my very first semester of university, I had not yet made contact with Jehovah's Witnesses and adopted the beliefs as my own. No rather I read this is as a sheltered globally illiterate American high school graduate, who did not know that others besides Jews suffered during the Holocaust.
I was enthralled from the beginning to the end by the vivid descriptions of life in pre-war Alsace-Lorrain, a region in the crossroads of both France and Germany, her par When I first picked up this book, during my very first semester of university, I had not yet made contact with Jehovah's Witnesses and adopted the beliefs as my own. I was enthralled from the beginning to the end by the vivid descriptions of life in pre-war Alsace-Lorrain, a region in the crossroads of both France and Germany, her parents religious conversion,and their suffering for the simple "crime" of standing up for their beliefs, persecuted not only by government but also shunned by family and friends alike.
A well behaved child with good law abiding Christian parents kicked out of public school and sent to a youth detention center, because she refused to bow down and worship a grown man with an obvious inferiority complex, who ever heard of such a thing?
I was in awe at how nothing more than Ms. Simone Arnold's unwavering religious faith kept her going throughout her entire ordeal. This book is truly amazing. Simone Arnold endured a childhood deranged by Nazi terror in 's Europe. Her experiences are difficult to read because they expose this world's shocking capacity for wickedness. Yet, Simone heroically maintained her integrity in the face of brutal war-time tyranny.
As a child of only years, Simone was expelled from school, torn from her parents, and enslaved in a Nazi "rehabilitation" institution. Time and again she was taunted and abused for her religious convictions as a Bible Student Simone Arnold endured a childhood deranged by Nazi terror in 's Europe.
Time and again she was taunted and abused for her religious convictions as a Bible Student. I appreciate her candor in relating those painful memories. Her memoir emphasizes the hopefulness, familial love, and faith in her God, Jehovah, that sustained her through those cruel years.
Ultimately, Simone and her parents set an example of Godly devotion that defeats the "Lion" of hatred and injustice. Dec 01, morgan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another plus for this book is that it conveys the value of learning, and the persistence necessary to keep at it.
There are some stunning photos of the Maasai, and a map of the Maasai lands in Kenya in the centerfold. I recommend it for U. This one does. Aug 05, Judy rated it really liked it. National Geographic published this memoir of a poor nomadic Maasai boy in Kenya who, against all odds, went to school, made friends with the president of Kenya, graduated from high school, and was educated in the United States at St.
Lawrence University and then Harvard. He became a teacher at a prestigious private high school in Maclean, Virginia, during which period of his life he spent half his time in the US and half living the nomadic life with his tribe in Kenya. The book covers his life t National Geographic published this memoir of a poor nomadic Maasai boy in Kenya who, against all odds, went to school, made friends with the president of Kenya, graduated from high school, and was educated in the United States at St.
The book covers his life through his college graduation. Since writing the book, he has become part of the Kenyan government and focuses on the education of tribal peoples. A short, fabulous read for anyone seeking to better understand the life of Kenyan tribal children.
See his Ted Talk: Really interesting book about life growing up in the Kenyan Savanna. Can't recommend this enough if you want a nice, quick and short break from the norm. A book about how if you push yourself enough then the sky really is the limit. Apr 09, Richard Knight rated it it was amazing. A brief, enjoyable book for kids and adults. You can read it in a day. What I enjoy most about this story about an African boy who becomes a man through circumcision!
It's calm, informative, and direct. There's wisdom and life lessons on every page.
Check it out. Aug 06, Jennifer rated it really liked it. He is making a difference in the community and has very enlightening observations on Africans and Americans. This is a quick and educational read! Mar 19, Sean Saldana rated it it was amazing. It tells a story of a boy who grows up as a part of the Masai tribe And his journey begins there.
Oct 13, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: Fascinating book. I love reading about other cultures. Jun 21, Zachary Taylor rated it liked it Shelves: As a bothersome middle school student relatively uninterested in multiculturalism, I never liked the fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs that explored the lives of people from parts of the world I had never been to and had no intention to visit. This wa As a bothersome middle school student relatively uninterested in multiculturalism, I never liked the fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs that explored the lives of people from parts of the world I had never been to and had no intention to visit.
However, unlike those books cited above, Lekuton wrote his memoir specifically for children; he quite deliberately refused to write a more sophisticated book for adults. As such, Facing the Lion is instantly accessible and prompts young readers to ask important questions about the history of western imperialism and even moral relativism. So is it worth your time in the classroom?
With Facing the Lion , Lekuton describes his life from birth until the time he entered college at Saint Lawrence University in the United States, which afford him the unique opportunity to teach at an elite private school in the Washington D.
The Maasai, a nomadic warrior tribe prominent in southern Kenya, traditionally raise cattle, their primary source of sustenance; warriors thereby protect their families not only from other people, but also from lions that hunt cattle for food. Notably, Lekuton quietly introduces issues of cultural imperialism in his memoir from time to time, especially with respect to his education at a Western-style missionary school.
More problematically, students must learn English—not, for some, their native Swahili—the tenets of Christianity, and Christian moral values. Thus, Lekuton experiences firsthand the culturally destructive Western imperialism at play in African countries for hundreds of years.
While Lekuton does not name this as such, he does vociferously assert that no matter the substantive benefits of his Western education, he consistently prioritizes his identity as Maasai over and above all else.
Their customs may be different than those practiced in Nairobi, Kenya and the United States, but not at all less valuable simply due to their ostensible exoticism from a Western-centric perspective. Without the Maasai, Lekuton maintains, he would not be the person he is today. Nevertheless, many middle school American students may take issue with some of the cultural practices Lekuton describes.
Teachers who decide to read Facing the Lion with their students should encourage students to voice these real concerns while still emphasizing a healthy dose of cultural sensitivity.
That being said, other books tackle these issues as well, and some do so with remarkable eloquence and nuance, both of which Facing the Lion unfortunately lack. Jul 21, Jean Haberman rated it really liked it Shelves: Joseph grew up in Kenya and was raised in the nomadic way of life. The family group went wherever there was food for the cattle. Cattle was their life.
He had the responsibility of watching over cattle at a young age. His greatest ambition was to become a warrior. A requirement is to be circumcised. Boys ages 12 to 22 have to get permission from the elders. They have to ask by making up songs praising the elders, families, or the cattle and then singing them. Every 10 to 15 years, a group of aro Joseph grew up in Kenya and was raised in the nomadic way of life. Every 10 to 15 years, a group of around boys and young men get circumcised.
The preparation is extensive and the procedure very painful. Joseph survived it and became a warrior. Joseph's mother wanted him to go to school, so he left the family and attended boarding school where he learned the Western way of life.
Sometimes he had to travel days to visit his family. A lot of events eventually led him to the United States where he attended college and became a teacher. He never forgot his culture and still works to allow more children to get an education and to make life easier for the Maasai. Feb 07, Rough Draft Book Blog rated it it was amazing.
She had to read it for school. Most of you know this is not my type of genre, but hey, a girls gotta take care of her girl ya know what I mean. This was a very good read. Great insight into the life of a young boy growing up in a small village in Kenya. Joseph takes you from being out in the desert, starving and dying of thirst to lying about his age so Facing the Lion: Joseph takes you from being out in the desert, starving and dying of thirst to lying about his age so he could get into school.
I never really had it put into perspective like this and I must say I liked it coming from the point of view of an actual person who lived it day in and day out.
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The story-line is amazing. The pacing is fast and the dialogue flowed nicely.
It's a very inspiring story. Thanks Ms. Peterson for allowing me to borrow a copy so that I could experience this with my daughter! Jul 04, Cheryl rated it liked it. An interesting look at the lide of a Maasai warrior who is also part of modern society.
This is largely a memoir written for young people explaining the author's culture. Because the author had tge opportunity to attend school and even to come to the US for college, he has a foot in both worlds. It is very clear that he sees inherent value in both and that he very much treasures his cultural heritage. The explanation of the values of Maasai culture is clear and without judgment either way.
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I wou An interesting look at the lide of a Maasai warrior who is also part of modern society. I would be interested in finding out how much of Maasai culture still exists i. I time since the book was written. I am also curious about the author and whether he was able to remain a citizen of two very different worlds without feeling conflicted.
Jan 24, Kami rated it really liked it. We listened to it while driving in the car. My kids were mesmerized I seriously considered giving it 5 stars just for that. When we got to my parents' house, the kids were quick to tell them about a hyena eating it's own guts, and licking the sweat of cows' noses to stay hydrated. My 8 yr old son especially loved it, but my 12 year old daughter deemed it "inappropriate" because of the in depth discussion of his circumcision when he was I just laughed at her, since I'm a nice mom like that.
I thought it was fascinating. Highly recommend. Feb 07, Judy rated it really liked it. This is an endearing story, told by a man who grew up on the African Savanna as part of a nomad cattle herding village. The book is intended for a youth reader, but is well worth the time to be read by any adult. Sep 27, William rated it really liked it Shelves: Great easy to read coming-of-age book of a Kenyan boy from a nomadic northern Kenyan tribe.
This seems like it would be a great middle-school book, except maybe for the chapter on his circumcision ceremony.
FACING THE LION: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
I did think the book ended a little too suddenly. I wanted to know more of his adaptation to life as a student in the USA and how his family felt about him when he returned to Kenya each year.
Oct 11, Cesia Martinez rated it it was amazing. Jul 11, Cleo rated it it was amazing Shelves: I finished wanting to know more and I say that meaning in a good way. May 20, David rated it it was ok. This book is written for children and I must say, if I were 10, I would have given the book five stars. However, as informative as it was, I would have preferred to read a book for a more mature audience.
Dec 26, Jenn Bettinger rated it liked it. Super quick read but a good overview of Maasai culture. Would be a great read for homeschool. Mar 07, James Hagin rated it it was amazing. I love it, considering its the first book i ever finished. Apr 01, Megan Koon rated it really liked it. An excellent read. One can learn a lot about the Maasai in Kenya, but also about the modern threats to the way of life, threats made in the name of unwanted modernization. An important book. Jun 22, Ranette rated it really liked it Shelves: A very descriptive account of a boys life in Kenya, his schooling and desires.
With the exception of his circumcision, I think everyone would like this feisty book. Aug 09, Karen rated it really liked it. Very interesting! Gave it 4 stars because I would have liked more detail. But otherwise very good! An easy read to learn about another culture. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. Biography Memoir. About Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton. Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton. Joseph Lekuton was born in a cow-dung hut to a tribe of Maasai nomads in rural Kenya.
In he graduated with a master's degree in educational policy from Harvard University. His exceptional journey between those two moments and beyond has allowed him to embrace—and bridge—both cultures. When he was about six years old, Lekuton entered boarding school. During school vacations, he searched to loca Joseph Lekuton was born in a cow-dung hut to a tribe of Maasai nomads in rural Kenya. During school vacations, he searched to locate his nomadic family. Lawrence University in New York, with his plane ticket paid for by a village-wide effort to sell the tribe's cows.
Following graduation, Lekuton spent more than ten years as a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher in Virginia. During that time he earned his degree from Harvard, led groups of American students and families on trips to Kenya, organized humanitarian efforts there, and had his life story published by the National Geographic Society in the book Facing the Lion: Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna.
That's why I began leading student trips to Kenya. I wanted to help open the eyes of American children and families, showing them firsthand how so many people in the rest of the world live. My American students are always surprised to see a culture where kids aren't surrounded by cell phones and TVs.
They'll say, 'How do they entertain themselves? We'll visit my old primary school, where most students don't even have shoes. I'll point to one of them and say, 'That was me.We'll visit my old primary school, where most students don't even have shoes.
This was a very good read. Joseph takes you from being out in the desert, starving and dying of thirst to lying about his age so Facing the Lion: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. My American students are always surprised to see a culture where kids aren't surrounded by cell phones and TVs. I appreciate her candor in relating those painful memories. Apr 09, Richard Knight rated it it was amazing. Zeebra Books This involving, anecdotal autobiography sketches the childhood of Lekuton, who grew up in northern Kenya, a member of a subgroup within the Maa culture known as the Ariaal.
Simone Liebster's memoir is a valuable addition to firsthand accounts of resistance to the Nazi regime.