A People Tall and Smooth: Stories of Escape from Sudan and
Israel contains the accounts of five people who fled Sudan
and ultimately ended up in Israel. The accounts are filled with
details that may not be easy for young listeners or old to hear.
However, they are accounts that reveal the reality of mistreatment
and genocide in our own time.
This 214-page book is written from the perspective of a person
who helps to run a hostel for refugees in Israel. Over time and
through the use of translators, the life stories of these refugees
are revealed. The fortitude of the human spirit and the desire
to live resounds through each account.
I certainly gained a greater awareness of the political dynamics
in this region while reading the writings of Mrs. Pex. As is the
case with many volatile situations, much of what is revealed in
this book is never disclosed in mass media. These powerful personal
accounts encourage the reader to evaluate the political forces
at work, our responsibility to aid refugees, and even the special
manner in which Israel welcomed these refugees.
In sharing parts of these stories with our children, we helped
them gain a greater awareness of what true persecution is and the
fact that it occurs in our time. This understanding is sometimes
very difficult for those who are enjoying the blessings of freedom
in America and material wealth when compared with so many around
A People Tall and Smooth is a book that can certainly
be used in studying current world events and our response as Christians.
It can also be integrated into a Bible study that explores God
as our Provider, Protector, and Sovereign God. Most of all, I believe
Judith Pex would encourage all of us to consider how we treat those
that God divinely puts in our path each day.