PIECES OF GRANITE
A distressing diagnosis, a retreating husband, a prodigal brother
Debbie Verhoeven is not your typical woman.
*She sacrificed a counseling career to be a full-time mother.
*She’d rather pound a nail than round steak.
*Oprah? No way! Give her ESPN any day.
*Nothing could be more stressful than scrapbooking.
Nothing, except … A distressing diagnosis, a husband who is pulling away, and two older brothers who refuse to get along. When the counselor is caught in the middle, when she needs to be strong for those around her, who is left to be strong for her?
Anderson thrusts her readers into the gritty underbelly of family life and she doesn't mince words or shy away from the difficulties that complicate relationships. No worries though, because she gives equal time to the joys of those emotional connections as well. In fact, this book is a celebration of the highs and lows of ordinary living.
I love the depth in this author's writing style. The way her words compile to create compelling images that will stay with me for a long time to come. I discovered some profound gems in unexpected places. Like when Debbie takes her young daughter to a play group and Kaitlynn suffers an asthma attack. After the crisis has passed she urges her daughter to go back to her friends but the little girl stays close, clinging to her mother's hand. Anderson writes: "If only adults would remember to cling to God's hand when life threw its own coughing fit. Why did adults insist on going through hardships on their own?"
My reading stuttered to a stop as my mind pondered that question. It's one that Anderson poses over and over again as various characters are faced with difficult circumstances. Impossible choices. Conflicting opinions. More often then not they take control and forge ahead, hoping God will have their back. How very true to life. Pieces of Granite explores the consequences and ultimate freedom that comes from giving the control back to God.
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