Mack and Jodie have no idea how much their lives are going to change when they decide to give up farming. Mack is hospitalized with depression, Jodie finds herself tempted by the affections of another man, and their teenage children begin looking for answers outside the family—Kenzie turns to fundamentalist Christianity, and Taylor starts cavorting with Goths. Told in the...more
Noticed a few reviews here saying "it's not their thing" well, for me, having been through evangelical Christianity and being from the rural midwest USA, I could relate to, and be entertained by, much of this content, espeically the Prostestant antics.
I don't want to leave any spoilers so I won't yet I'm not so sure about the "ending"....
Classic example of maybe there should be more than 5 stars ...more
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Vinita Hampton Wright is a phenomenal writer. I can't believe this book isn't better known.
Folks greet them, smiling pleasantly at Mack. They welcome him back but make their greetings short, as if they understand how much he does not want to be put on the spot. It is the same way they greet someone who ...more
The author is a Christian, and she deals with spiritual themes throughout the book. I appreciated the fact that these themes are presented realistically and sincerely rather ...more
A really good story. Because we also live in a farming community I could relate to the story and sense of loss.
Dwelling Places is a beautifully woven, bittersweet snapshot of what is happening in one Iowa Farm family. The greater story is one of connections lost to our land and to God, but with a message of hope that our roots are our foundation. Mack's story is going to haunt me for awhile.