Wednesday, June 9, 2010

THE SIX LITER CLUB by HARRY KRAUS

Dr. Camille Weller is the first African American female attending in the trauma surgical department at the Medical College of Virginia (where Kraus earned his M.D.). On her first day, she joins the Six-Liter Club - a reference to an elite group of doctors who have saved a patient after the patient loses six-liters of blood. Exhilarated, she decides to do something about the antiquated "doctors" and "nurses" signs on the locker room doors and changes clothes with the "doctors." She'll also blow their prejudices about skin color out of the water. Yet Camille has far more to overcome than preconceived notions about her skin color or sex...she's having nightmares about her childhood in the Congo, a dark closet, whispered words, and strong arms holding her back.
I enjoyed this book greatly. We see the life of Camille transform before us. She cannot move into the future without remembering her past and it is her past that is haunting her present. Camille is driven to be the best, and we see her become herself in a man's world. We see her let go of who they want her to be, and become the woman she has been called to be. I must say I fell in love with this character.

There were a few parts that made me a little uncomfortable, but I think those parts were really added to define who she was and was struggling to be. Cameille begins to think outside the box when a patient, another doctor, comes to her with a lump in her breast. Together their world's collide in many ways. Love, honor, and friendship are qualities Cameille wants to share with those around her. Much happens in her life and as the panic attacks begin she begins to question where they are coming from. Through all the twists and turns, Cameille does find love, honor and friendship. In the end she also finds a Savior who has been waiting for her to answer.

Harry Kraus has brought surgical skill to medical missions on four continents. Most recently, he returned to Somalia for a short stay. His family (wife, Kris, and three sons) is contemplating a return to Kenya for three years. He could stay in Virginia, building his surgical practice, storing wealth and acquiring house after house, car after car - but that isn't where Harry's heart lies.Harry Kraus watched the Twin Towers fall on 9/11. He was at Ground Zero providing medical services to those who managed to escape the falling buildings. He saw firsthand the result of human relationships that lack love for fellow man. He determined to spend his life pouring love into human hearts. In Africa, he is often asked by Muslim patients why he would come halfway around the world to take care of them for no pay. Harry smiles. He tells them about the unconditional love He received from a Savior.

This book was a gift from Glass Road Publishing for its review.

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