Friday, July 18, 2008

Seeking and Searching


I grew up in the rural south aka the buckle on the bible belt. In the county I grew up in their were 18,000 people and 126 churches all of which were conservative and evangelical in nature and because of this I have tended not to read christian fiction but this book was very different and so applicable to my walk of faith and where I am right now.It makes you take a look at yourself and your walk of faith without being preachy . I loved this book and give it 5***** stars. It will make you cry. This is the books description from Amazon.{A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.
It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on a boat he's restoring at a nearby lake. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.}
Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry...and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

The story is about a little girl who needs a heart transplant and the man who can save her who is emotionally wounded from his own losses in life. Reese the main character is who I see myself as because for the past several years I just can't seem to find my way back to the deep faith I had before I lost both my parents and the only hope I had of being a mom. I think the baby that I lost was what made me drift further away from my faith than anything because throughout my life I had always wanted to be a mom. I still am Seeking and Searching the corners of my heart to see if I can find my way back to the hope and faith I once I had.I hope that I can find a new heart during my search.

It seems for the past several months I have been in the valley but now I seem to be climbing my way out. I know that it is in the muck and mire of my life so far where I have learned the life lessons I needed to learn so it isn't all bad there.

I encourage you to read this book When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin.

"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
— Henry Miller

16 comments:

Carver said...

Thanks for the review Yolanda. Sounds like a good book.

melissa said...

I loved this book, as well as Charles Martin's other stories. I just finished 'Chasing Fireflies' and just bought "Where the River Ends'

Melissa

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You write: "I know that it is in the muck and mire of my life so far where I have learned the life lessons I needed to learn so it isn't all bad there." You are brave and blessed to know that truth. {hugs}

Tammy said...

I'm glad you're climbing out of the muck and mire. I wish you peace and a renewed faith.

Just the name of the book is moving. Thanks Yolanda!

Jan said...

Thanks for this recommendation. I think I'll get it.

I'm glad you visited me today!

sweet expressions said...

I will take4 your advice and read the book

Adrienne said...

Yolanda -
Thank you for the book recommendation. But thank you even more for your open sharing. I am so sorry for your losses and I know the pain is hard to bear but I'm glad you are on the way back.
~Adrienne~

____Maggie said...

Oh, Yolanda. I'm sorry I didn't know you were hurting, but am happy to hear you are climbing out of the hole. I'm happy one of the southern books helped you see positive possibilities. :)

one little acorn said...

This book sounds great. Will have to go and track it down. Thanks for the recommendation.

I have been checking in on your blog every now and again. Glad to see you are back and also that you are feeling a little lighter.
Cheers!

Sara said...

Yolanda, I so appreciate your visit and comment on my blog...thank you.

I've just spent a few minutes here visiting you and want to say thank you for sharing some of what is in your heart. May our great God, for whom nothing is too difficult, make the living hope to which we have been called a joyful reality in your heart (I Peter 1:3) so that you not only believe (I know you do), but also know it and feel it in your deepest heart; and may he sustain you with his bountiful spirit (Psalm 51).

Jan said...

Yolanda--I've ordered the book from Amazon and am glad you wrote about it!

meggie said...

It sounds like a book I would very much like to read.
Hugs for healing.xx

Karen said...

It sounds like my kind of weepy book....

Joni said...

I will add this to my summer read list and I hope you are able to pull away the dead leaves and garden debris so that you might have an easier time reaching for the sun and blooming where you are. You have a beautiful spirit Yolanda...trust that all is as it should be.

wishing you peace ~

tipper said...

I too feel like I've lost my faith-not from the death of someone close-but from the total loss of loved ones who let me down hard. I'll be looking for this book to inspire me on my journey to regain some sort of faith.

Your valley/mountain statement reminds me of a song my Dad sung when I was little "I was down in the valley way down in the valley searching for the saviors tender care-now I'm back up on the mountain way up on the mountain drinking from the fountain that never will run dry". I'd like to be back on the mountain.

robin bird said...

this is such an intriguing invitation. i just heard from a client about another book for spiritual pilgrims... The Shack. i can't endorse it since i haven't read it but i must say that the hour spent by my client talking of it's impact on her left me feeling inspired to seek a spiritual awakening.