Carving A Different Path
Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict is an awesome historical novel. Based on fact, the reader is treated to a cracking story.
To me, Andrew Carnegie was just a name of someone long gone. Carnegie’s Maid has educated me to see the man behind the name.
The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of Clara, Carnegie’s mother’s maid. Both Clara and Carnegie’s mother were poor immigrants, one from Ireland, one from Scotland. They both rose or fell using their own wits. They both cared deeply for their family and would do anything for them, although their methods differed.
Education brings freedom. In a land where the civil war was fought over freedom and the issue of slavery, no man can be truly free without education. Education must be available to all.
God’s Patterns In Science
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is a fascinating account of Albert Einstein and his first wife Mileva Maric. It is a blend of fiction and fact gleaned from the correspondence of Einstein and his wife.
The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of Mileva. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with her. She was a woman ahead of her time. One of only a handful of women to enter Zurich polytechnic in 1896 where she studied physics and maths. “The world of physics was where I belonged… hidden forces and causal relationships so complex that I believed only God could have created them.” As a Christian her faith was strengthened by science. She saw science and faith as linked and not in opposition to one another. “I sensed God’s patterns unfolding in the physical laws of the universe… I felt God [here], not in the pews of Mama’s churches.” Mileva believed “The secrets of God lurked in the corners of science.”