Book Review

The Marble Room: How I lost God and Found Myself in Africa

By Bill Hatcher

Lantern Books
ISBN: 978-1-59056-406-6
$18.00; 288 pp.

Reviewed by Forrest Whitman

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land.
They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

That’s an old African joke attributed to Bishop Desmond Tutu. Many a young Peace Corps volunteer went to Africa to try and ameliorate that ugly situation. Bill Hatcher, a current resident of the San Luis Valley, was no exception.

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