Sunday, July 10, 2011

Book Review: A Place Called Blessing by John Trent

Wow. This book is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. Such an amazing story of love, grace, restoration and mercy. Very powerful story!

Without giving too much away, here is a quick synopsis. The main character, Josh, is from a home torn apart by alcohol & drug abuse. When his parents die in a car wreck, he & his brothers go into foster homes. Initially split up into different homes, they survive but miss each other terribly. They are eventually reunited at a foster home that seems to be ideal for all of them. And then a tragedy changes all that. They are moved to a children's home where they live in different cottages on the same property. When Josh's two brothers are adopted together & he is left behind, he spends the rest of his childhood believing lies about his past, lies about his future....and becomes an angry, ugly, sometimes violent person because of it. Josh ages out of the system at 18 & begins life on his own, moving from one shelter to another, sleeping in laundrymat bathrooms and alleys while he tries to make ends meet working part time at McDonald's and Home Depot. Josh's life continues in disorder & pain until he finds a place to stay with a coworker and his mother. His rented room in their house becomes "home". For the first time in his life, he has a family who loves and cherishes him. They extend grace & mercy to him in ways he doesn't even recognize until the book's end, when a twist in the plotline will shock you and bring you to your knees.

While the story itself is fiction, the author admits that it's based on several experiences from his own life. The story is beautiful & restores your hope in humanity and family and relationships in general.

I highly recommend this book!

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