Because I know many of my crafty friends are also book-lovers, I've decided to include the occasional book review on my blog.
I recently read From Dishes to Snow by Kathy M. Howard. Bayne Harris, the main character, has experienced a life-shattering tragedy, the death of her husband and children in an accident that was her fault. Over a year later, she's still consumed with guilt and struggling to function. She was close to the Lord before the accident but now feels like even He is distant.
Bayne decides that a change of scenery is an absolute necessity if she is ever to get to a point of healing where day-to-day function is possible. She chooses a remote cabin/house in the mountains in a different state. It is there that the Lord brings people into her life that help her spiritually and emotionally heal, accept and forgive herself. Sometimes, starting over is the best thing you can do.
I really enjoyed the book and found my thoughts returning to it when I had to put it down to do other things. It reinforced to me the importance of just being there with someone that is hurting. Many times, your words are totally unnecessary (and silence is preferred) but your presence is a great comfort. It also reinforced how important it is to give people the privilege of privacy. You don't always have to know all the details...learning to let people tell you what they want to tell you on their time schedule.
I received this book for free from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story that is easy to read yet challenges your thinking.