Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A slow starter but a moving story with some inspiring characters.
Although the book is about the slave trade and it’s brutal oppression, it is equally a tale of compassion for one’s fellow man and faith overcoming adversity.
Nowhere is this clearer than Uncle Tom’s enslavement to Legree, where the soul-wearying hardships threaten to break his belief in the Lord in the face of his master’s scorn mirroring Jesus’ testing at the hands of the Devil in the desert.
Tom is at his lowest point before his faith is restored and strengthened further than before as people who are at their most desperate low will often bounce back and it is because of Uncle Tom’s unwavering faith ( and willingness to forgive his tormentors, again an obvious parallel with our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross ) right up to his self-sacrificing end that the tale ends not with his death but with his triumph.

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