Friday, July 30, 2010

Book Review: Resurrection in May

My first impression of this book was that it was absolutely delightful! Fun-loving college student May meets grandfatherly Claudius who rescues her from a drunken predicament. While recovering at his farm, May tells Claudius her hopes, plans and dreams. He’s curious—and a little concerned, but content with his chosen life of solitude on a quiet Kentucky farm. The contrasting characters in such an unlikely setting made for a great story start.

But then May goes to Rwanda for a missions trip and gets caught up in harsh events there. (Warning: do not read these chapters while waiting for your child in the dentist’s office because you will be uncomfortably disturbed and want to cry, and the dentist’s office is an awkward place for that.)

May returns to Kentucky deeply scarred both physically and emotionally. She seeks solace on Claudius’ farm—and stays there, refusing to talk about what happened, refusing to leave for any reason at all.

Resurrection in May is the story of her healing process, how the community helps and hinders and grows with her as a result. It’s disturbing and frustrating and aggravating, yet author Lisa Samson highlights moments of joy in the midst of deep pain and shows how God can patiently work in individuals and society and how life moves steadily on even when death is all around.

Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

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