Once in a while, I find that I have read something so magnificent that it has a profound significance on my very soul. This is such a book.
The story of Dr. Takashi Naigai is a story of a self made man who eventually meets that still small voice that has been calling to him all of his life.
WWII brought a day of reckoning for thousands upon thousands of creatures just trying to survive the madness of war. As it has been said, "War brings out the worst in man---War brings out the best in man." This story brings real meaning to that statement.
The Japanese are a proud people. They are also deeply rooted in their culture and their religions. Dr. Nagai struggles with tradition, heritage and his inner self; his purpose in life and his duty to his countrymen as well his enemies.
He was a pioneer in the use of x-ray in the medical field. This new kind of energy would have a lasting affect on his young life. At the time, it was unknown just how much radiation a person could absorb before it became lethal. Knowing the danger, he continued on in his research as he sought to save lives by this new method of diagnosing . Already suffering from radiation exposure, he finds himself at ground zero when hell was unleashed on Nagasaki in August of 1945. He lost the love of his life that day, his wife.
His story continues as he throws himself into his work amidst horrors too terrible to even try to understand. His spiritual journey from Japanese traditions, to atheism and agnosticism to finding God through his conversion to the Catholic faith is such a testimony to the power and grace of the one true God.
Was Dr. Nagai a martyr? He certainly didn't think so, however his humble mannerisms and immeasurable faith brought many to the foot of the cross.
"A Song For Nagasaki" is a masterpiece. I am so blessed to have been able to read and review this work. I encourage you to make this a 'must read' on your list for the near future.
- Paperback: 267 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; 9/30/09 edition (1 October 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158617343X
- ISBN-13: 978-1586173432
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)