Here’s an idea for Lent that will do more good than giving up desserts: Read a book about contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. It’s not a penance, though it can hurt. And seeing how much of the rest of the world lives sure does put a lot of our minor irritations, and even major problems, in perspective.

When a Crocodile Eats the SunA Long Way HomeTsotsi bookHalf of a Yellow SunConsider a novel or memoir by an African, such as

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