Beneath a Scarlet Sky

A wonderful book about a great hero!!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky is a “biographical and historical fiction” that traces 2 years from the life of young Pino Lella during World War 2.   The uninvited war came to Milan, Italy, his hometown when he was 17 years old.   By the time Pino was 18, he had already grown old due to the savages of war.

Pino wanted nothing to do with the Nazi’s.  He spent months secretly helping Jews hike snow packed mountains and dangerous terrain to safe, neutral ground in Switzerland.  A role where he felt he was making a difference and doing his part to fight against the Germans.    But as the war progressed, his parents insisted he join the German army with the hopes his life would be safe.  Through a series of events, Pino finds himself as the personal driver of a German General who “sat at the left hand of Adolf Hitler and who was arguable the second most powerful man in Italy during the last two years of World War II.”    In this capacity, Pino was able to work as a spy against the Germans.

Pino’s story is one of true courage as he literally sat in the front seat of the enemy day in and day out.   There is a beautiful love story woven through the scenes of death and war, that gives Pino hope to hold onto.

 

Generational IQ

A definite must read!!

How many times do we hear people criticize the younger generation (esp. Millennials) because they are on their phone too much…they aren’t growing up fast enough…they play to many video games…they aren’t developing communication skills?    Haydn Shaw’s answer to those who criticize is RELAX!!!
This is the first time in history that 5 generations have lived at one time, SO yes, there is going to be misunderstanding.   BUT misunderstandings and conflict is birthed from lack of knowledge.   This is what this book is all about…it helps us come to a better understanding of the generations that we encounter day to day in our homes, work, and churches.   It gives the “why” on how each generation thinks and how they act.

Until this book, i did not realize that the culture and worldly events that occurred during each time period had such a significant impact of shaping and molding each generation. I was astounded to see how accurate his general character description of my own personal generation is (Gen X), all because of uncontrollable events that have been secretly woven into my life.

It’s important that we understand people…that we understand where they are coming from…and we can’t do that unless we have more insight and understanding of the generation they grew up in.   Take the time to read this book and understand where the different generations are coming from.

Investing in relationships is the most important thing we do…this book will help you make your investments much richer.

I loved this book so much, that i am going to turn around and reread it.