I'm thankful for the experience I had as I read this book. The connection you begin to have with the community of Kalaupapa is one that is life changing. People of all faith who are forced to live in an exiled community come together to form new families, friendships, and a strong sense of community that binds them together forever. There is some much strength in the people who lived here and Fred E. Woods captures that feeling into words.
I love this book! Before reading it, I had never even heard of Kalaupapa. The stories of people dealing with Hansen's disease are truly inspiring. This book is full of factual information, but it is very easy to read. While this book does focus specifically on the Mormon experience at Kalaupapa, there is plenty of religious diversity which really strengthens this book. I highly recommend it!
Kalaupapa is one of the most uplifting books I've read. This book tells the story of an exiled community that suffered from Hansen's disease and the social stigma that accompanied it. Readers will be inspired by how these people, who seemingly had nothing to live for, were able to create a community full of hope, cooperation, and love of life.
Kalaupapa is a well-sourced and passionate relation of the Mormon experience at Kalaupapa. Fred Woods does an incredible job balancing the history of the island with the personal stories of its inhabitants. He traces the colony of patients with Hansen's disease from its meager beginnings to its state in the modern day. While doing so, he highlights the rich and beautiful stories of the patients on the peninsula. By doing this, he adds a deeper dimension to the book than simply being educational or informative. Rather, the book becomes a monument to the lives and people from Kalaupapa. Even more important is the fact that these stories have not been made easily accessible to the world before this, which makes Woods's work even more valuable. In short, it is an uplifting, engaging, and moving work, and it would be a strong addition to any book collection.