Monday, November 23, 2009

The Silent Gift

By Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley

This is, quite simply, a MUST READ.

Set in the 1930's this book tells the story of a young woman struggling to care for her disabled son after escaping from her abusive husband. It's a story of true motherly love, compassion, sacrifice, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption. The best and worst of humankind are brought to life through the events in the story of this very special boy and his unique gift.

I'm not sure I have words to adequately describe how profoundly I was moved by this book.  I read it in one afternoon and evening. From the first page I could not put it down. The dark-haired boy on the cover captured my heart from the start.

Landon/Kelley have done an outstanding job of bringing these characters to life. This book touched my heart in a way few books ever have. The sacrifices that Mary (the mother) makes to care for her son show to all what motherhood truly is. The strength that she has is in the worst of circumstances is something we all can learn from.

This is a book that I would recommend everyone read. There will be many copies under our Christmas tree this year - I believe it will make a great gift to those who love to read.

*** I must mention that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for review purposes.

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