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Falling Toward Heaven
Falling Toward Heaven
by John Bennion
Alone at the airport, Howard Rockwood has some decisions to make. After two years away on an LDS mission, should he return to his Utahranch lifestyle or follow Allison, the educated, brown-eyed, non-Mormon girl who invades his dreams? Bennion gives a compelling tale that goes to show that you can take the boy out of Mormonism, but you can't take Mormonism out of the boy.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 4th 2000 by Signature Books
(first published July 2000)
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It isn't easy to be an English professor at BYU and a novelist at the same time. I heard rumors from a friend of Dr. John Bennion, that after the publication of this 2000 novel, Bennion's job security was in question for a time. Fortunately, Bennion seems to have held on both to his teaching position and his integrity as a novelist. Falling Toward Heaven is not your usual Mormon novel that tows the party line and panders to the traditional and sentimental missionary spirit. Elder Howard Rockwoo ...more
I give this book five stars because I think it's the only piece of Mormon fiction I've ever read that does what Mormon fiction should do: function as a novel about people dealing with elements of their Mormon faith without becoming trite or dramatic or forgetting to be a novel. This book is fabulously written with fully dimensional characters, gorgeous landscapes, and no trite, easy solutions. It's not typical "Mormon fiction," meaning something written by Mormons for Mormons (a la Chris ...more
I'm still torn as to how I'd rate this book. I vacillated between dislike and like. Maybe I should say it was worth 2.5 stars. I liked the imagery the author used to represent aspects of Howard's and Allison's personal journeys. I had a hard time initially buying their relationship at all, but by the end felt that Bennion painted a realistic portrait of the ways people allow love to change them.
I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and felt like it was well written. It was a good story about someone struggling with his faith that I found still uplifting. i felt like the descriptions of the people were real. it was funny to read about rural utah and missionaries in Houston in the same novel.