Jonathan Beecher, a middle-aged widower and small-town store owner, has never asked for much. But lately, all too much is being asked of him. The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan's own family. His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific. Jonathan's feckless younger son ignores his father's pleas to stay home and joins the army. And his bright, devoted daughter, who Jonathan hoped would go to college, elopes with a brutally abusive man instead.
Jonathan has always met adversity with quiet faith, but as his emotional and financial losses accumulate, so do his doubts. In the midst of his pain, Sarah, a widow herself, emerges as a kind, compelling friend. Powerfully drawn to Sarah, Jonathan struggles to remain true to his late wife.
James D. Shipman's tender, wise novel examines the paradox of human suffering: how irrevocable loss, if we are willing to let it, begets spiritual gain.
©2016 James D. Shipman. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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The book is a good story, well told, and superbly read of the pain and ordeals of real life in a small town. A bit overdramatic at times, but that was ok. I think most people will really enjoy. I am glad I tried something a bit different.
I admit I have loved learning about WWII history my whole life; which is what caught my interest. While the war was in the story it definitely was only the backdrop.
A man, a father & widower, who is trying to live what he believes is a righteous life. His faith is beaten down by work, confusion, loss, parenthood, and the mystery of God we all understand can be frustrating when all you want is clear direction.
This book was not just about the horror of the war or about the victories. It was about the struggle of faith when you try so hard to do what is right. The winding of God and the Holy Spirit (though it is never called that) constantly needing to be sought through the confusion of everyday life.
I thoroughly enjoyed how 'real' the emotion and struggle are portrayed.
I did not give it 5 stars because it was somewhat redundant with the main character. I know many times that would be more accurate to real life, but a book doing it so often makes it drag.
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