Jun 29, 12
Read from June 22 to 29, 2012
I chose the book because of its high rating and a title which attracted me and seemed inviting. Knowing very little of what the book was actually about when I first started reading it, I was not sure that it was going to be my "type" of book. I quickly got over that thought as I became caught up in the story and grew to love the characters. It was easy to root for each of them as they struggled to conquer their demons. There is a lot of pain and heartache in the story, but there is also a lot of joy and love, as well. I found the "Uncle Willie-isms" to be sometimes funny and always touching, powerful life lessons. I will never look at a firefly's "butt" quiet the same way again, lol.
After I finished reading the book, I went back to look at the blurb and noticed it was listed as Christian Fiction which would normally be a turnoff for me. Thinking back on the book, God was also a central figure, but not in-your-face or preachy. Kudos to Mr. Martin for his subtle way of bringing, God, grace, and goodness into the lives and hearts of the characters as well as the reader without driving it in with a sledge hammer.