I have to admit that this book was not what I expected. I expected a modern-day Tiny Tim and Scrooge story. What I got was more of a prodigal returned home via a dawning realization and divine intervention story. It is a very easy read but I have to share a passage and what was impressed upon me.
After a rough and tumble truck driver in a diner sings sacred music with the voice of an angel -
"It wasn't simply that Grandfather had sung these songs, but that he had had these songs within him to sing, and a voice that could charm snakes with which to sing them. He looked so much like the others that I had thought him ordinary; now I thought that perhaps each of the others might be equally extraordinary in his own way. I looked again along the line of Big Men and was surprised to see that each profile was now absolutely unique; each face bore its own distinctive road map of creases and wrinkles to track its journey. That was the precise moment I realized that they were not merely Farmers and Big Men; they might well be Heroes and Giants....."
Why can't we look at everyone this way, look past the exterior flaws and see them like Jesus does? Why isn't it enough to love and be loved and accept others despite the flaws?
An affecting tale, My Mother’s Wish by Jerry Camery-Hoggattt will remind you of the power of grand hopes and effect of impossible expectations. You’ll witness the influence every life has on another, and you’ll find new reasons to believe in the comfort and joy in an everyday, American version of the story of Christmas: being known and loved, just as you are.
I think I need to read it again. I'm sure I missed something good.
I also have a hard cover copy to give away. Leave me a comment and I'll pick a random winner on Friday, November 21! (Just in time for the holidays!)