Discerning Reader Editorial Review
Reviewed 04/15/2012 by Mark Tubbs.
Recommended. Simply but competently relates the maritime disaster of 100 years ago to contemporary life and faith.
Like authors Ann Sloane and Clive Anderson, who have co-authored one of the many books commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, I recall being mesmerized as an 11 year-old boy by the accounts of her demise in 1912 and her rediscovery in 1985. When a complimentary copy of Silent Voices: Learning from the Titanic recently arrived in the post, it was a foregone conclusion that I would read it and complete it exactly 100 years to the night that Titanic sank with such great loss of life.
Day One's "History Today" series, which at the time of this writing features only five volumes, is not meant to be a historian's resource. Rather, it is a series intended to relate historical persons, places, and events to contemporary life. Without overburdening the reader with too much detail, the books and images capture the reader's imagination, then draw spiritual application from the book's contents. While I have not read the other books in the series, Silent Voices achieved the balance almost exactly right. I say "almost" because I thought the spiritual application, when it came, arrived about two pages prematurely. At the same time, the spiritual application arose so naturally out of the general theme of the book that I imagine most unbelievers reading the book would sense that the discussion flowed quite naturally into matters of faith. And that is what the book seems to be, in large part: a resource to lend or give to unbelieving neighbors or family members as a potential point of dialogue about the things of faith.
But would it be an enjoyable book for a Titanic buff? As to accuracy, I'm happy to report that it does not perpetuate the urban legends that have grown up around the tragedy. However, neither does it scoff at them but often demonstrates how the misunderstandings or misinterpretations came about. While this book won't satisfy a Titanic conspiracy theorist or a hardened atheist, it is an informative and intriguing little book that ends on exactly the right note: as tragic as shipwreck is, how much more tragic to be lost for eternity than to lose one's earthly life?
Editor's note: in North America you may buy this book at Day One Publications' US store.